IT’S BEEN SAID THAT YOU’RE EITHER BORN WITH STYLE, OR YOU’RE NOT.
For designer, artiste and sartorial maverick A$AP Nast, a distinctive fashion-forward POV comes naturally—although he’ll be the first to admit that he rehearses how to maximize that swagger. “There are days when I just wake up and I know what I’m gonna put on because I’m inspired. And I have days when I genuinely practice what I’m wearing,” he explains about his process. “I wake up and I already have 200 ‘fits in my head because I’ve already tried them on.” It’s this balance of methodical practice and the intuitive ability to put together looks that makes Nast’s style so effortlessly iconic.
He describes his aesthetics as a mixof two ‘90s legends: Grunge anti-fashion hero Kurt Cobain and hip-hop game-changer Tupac Shakur. About the former he explains: “I think Kurt, like with his cardigans, he dressed so ‘normal’, but he did it in his own way. He made normal feel like so much more.” Similar to Cobain, Nast is also a lifelong 501® Jeans aficionado—he even turned his denim customization skills into a lucrative side business for a hot minute. “I’ve owned Levi’s® my whole life. I would source them downtown at vintage stores, then I would distress them myself. I got so good that everyone started coming to me.”
From a dressed up dapper dandy to a decidedly downtown flex, Nast has redefined the contemporary style vernacular to create much-emulated aesthetics. But it’s his unique je ne sais quoi that really makes you stop the scroll to take notice. For instant inspo, we tapped this style savant to remix this season’s 501® Jeans. Witness as Nast’s fashion magic unfolds.
NAST GOES CLASSIC
Instantly iconic. A$AP Nast goes tried-and-true but with his own signature spin. Distressed details and retro add a vintage vibe.
A$AP Nast wears the 501® Original Jeans, a Trucker Jacket and Essential Tee.
A$AP Nast wears a vintage Levi’s® Authorized Vintage Trucker Jacket and his own 501® Jeans and T-Shirt.
THE GENUINE ARTICLE
A true 501® Jeans devotee, Nast wears one of his coveted vintage pairs: “It’s just something I can’t explain, but there’s just this feeling when you put on a pair of Levi’s®. No other jeans feel this way.”
Total trend alert. In typical Nast fashion, the style adventurer offers an idiosyncratic take on the Canadian tux with a denim-on-denim-on denim update.
A$AP Nast wears the 501® ‘93 Shorts, the slouchy 1 Pocket Shirt and the 501® Original.
A$AP Nast wears the 501® ‘90s Jeans, a Levi’s® Authorized Vintage Trucker Jacket and Red Tab™ Tee.
A TOTALLY ‘90S VIBE
Although Nast wasn’t old enough to experience the epicness of pre-aught era fashion at the time, he’s paying homage to his style mentors with a gritty, grunge aesthetic.