The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

The Art and Influence of Hip Hop

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[Bad Boy Records]

Leather Avirex Bad Boy varsity jacket

Lot Closed

March 30, 05:53 PM GMT


5,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Details


Vintage custom Avirex Bad Boy bomber jacket.

Black leather Avirex bomber jacket, Size XXL, "Avirex" logo embroidered on front left, "Avirex" patches embroidered on both wrists, "BAD BOY ENTERTAINMENT" logo embroidered on back, zipper and button closure, elastic waist and elastic wrist bands, quilted interior, small stains on "Avirex" logo on left sleeve.


Established in 1993 by Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Bad Boy Records has been home to The Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, Faith Evans, Mase, 112, Total, The Lox, Machine Gun Kelly, French Montana, Cassie, Janelle Monáe, Danity Kane, Foxy Brown, New Edition, 8Ball & MJG, and many more.

Bad Boy's most commercially successful release happened only a year after its founding, when The Notorious B.I.G. dropped his debut album, Ready to Die, now widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time. The record essentially revitalized East Coast Hip Hop, and proved to be the only studio album released while The Notorious B.I.G. was still alive.

The now-famous Avirex was founded in 1975 by Jeff Clyman, a New Yorker who flew old war planes as a hobby. According to Clyman, “One of our sales reps asked if we could give a varsity jacket to Fat Joe to wear in 1993. We said yes and the rest is history. The Hip Hop community intuitively understood the value and craftsmanship of the jackets we made.” 

The following years saw the biggest names in rap— most notably Nas and Biggie—rocking Avirex at their shows, during photo shoots, and on album covers. Avirex’s popularity in the culture would soar, as their leather bomber and varsity jackets became status symbols emblematic of the street culture of ‘90s and early 2000s Hip Hop.


From the personal collection of Chico-N-Esco

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