CBS News: Marc Ecko on being inspired by graffiti, hating fashion

December 2nd, 2013

December 2, 2013

Fashion designer Marc Ecko turned his childhood passion into a fashion powerhouse and is now the author of a new book called, “Unlabel: Selling You without Selling Out.”

Ecko, the founder of the global fashion and lifestyle company that bears his name, told CBS News’ Terrell Brown he found success only when he learned to “unlabel” himself

“I was too fat to break dance. I wasn’t bold enough to rap, so I was really into art,” he said.

It was the 1980s, the dawn of hip hop, and Ecko, a self-described comic book dork, was just trying to fit in.

“I didn’t necessarily look the part of what I was trying to build,” he said. “You know – white, Jewish kid from Lakewood, New Jersey. I had the good fortune that hip hop had this thing that was traveling through the fabric of it that was called graffiti.”

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