PHOTOS: Nas Collaborates On Illmatic Streetwear Collection

We’ve long had unfulfilled dreams of getting the nod of approval from Nas, so imagine our dismay when learning that his first fashion collaboration, a line of high-end streetwear, did not involve us. Believe it or not, we posses a certain set of skills when it comes to rocking snapbacks and bombers.

Covetousness aside, HSTRY, the wordsmith’s 33-piece collection was done in collaboration with Jace Lipstein, the founder of men’s street style blog Grungy Gentleman. The line boasts an array of leather outwear, flannel shirts, baseball caps, and ski masks for good street cred measure. What we love most about the line is that branding is minimal, letting the designs stand on their own.

Naturally, Nas waxed poetic about is latest endeavor:

“Clothes represent happiness. They’re our protection — even a reflection of what’s in our heads, our thoughts and ideas. Hence the phrase, ‘wearing our hearts on our sleeves.’ With HSTRY, I’m embracing our greatest moments recorded in time in the form of premium street fashion.”

Lipstein, on the other hand, rubs us the wrong way by making it seem as if he were the rapper’s sartorial sensei:

“He knew what he wanted — he wanted bomber jackets and he pushed for the flannel. He’s a very intelligent guy and he’s willing to learn — he’s not a know-it-all.”

Give due respect, sir, this isn’t Kanye we’re talking about.

The collection will be available on the Grungy Gentleman beginning August 1, and while the prices are still being finalized, we know that the hats begin at $85, while motorcycle jackets and peacoats will be about $1,800. Throw Illmatic on the decks, and view a selection of the looks, below.

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