Al Hassan Toure known as Harlem;s finest tailor has created various customized pieces for DMX and Ruff Riders working as a tailor at Apollo Signature on 125thin Harlem. One day Raekwon from Wutang came into the shop in need of a master tailor. Little did Toure know this meeting would impact his career, opening doors to the exclusive hip-hop and celebrity clientele he now is favorited by. Raekwon was impressed by the tailor’s skill level and the two became close friends. He was quickly introduced him to the other members of Wu-Tang including Ghostface Killah Method Man. Toure attended Raekwon’s documentary release party where he met Busta Rhymes and several other influences in the music industry.
He decided to create his own clothing and started without having a fashion label or brand. Toure’s hip-hop celebrity clientele expanded to LL Cool J, Chris Brown, Swizz Beats, Jason Derulo, Snoop, Maino, Young Jeezy, Proz from the Fugees, Asap Ferg to name a few. He quickly was encouraged to start his fashion label Even female artists such as Missy Elliot, Lil, Mama, and Alisha Key’s have all worn Alhassan Toure designs. He is the architect of the black-leather body-suit that K Michelle wore to perform. Then Toure started getting celebrity request outside of the music industry including motivational speaker Tony Robbins, Tyler Perry Actress Demetria McKenney, and comedian Michael Blackson for example. As his career continued with great success his designs caught the eye of the younger generation of hip-hop celebrity including Diggy Simons and Teyana Taylor.
Toure was nicknamed “leather king “ by the apparel and hip-hop industry. He has forged invaluable relationships in both industries and continues to grow his brand. Raekwon and Toure are still close friends. In fact, Raekwon is his daughter’s God-father. He is the epitome of the American Dream overcoming all obstacles and a revered African fashion designer. This talent and master tailor has taken his father’s skills that inspired his career and exceeded his own expectations and continues to grow his brand.