Photography by Danielle Levitt
This September, Oliver, the 25-year-old creator of Hood by Air, received a stamp of approval that many young designers long for: Kanye West sitting frontrow at his runway show. “I’m at the first steps of living the dream for myself,” Oliver says. “This is just the beginning. I think now I’m able to dream larger.”
Launched as a minimalist T-shirt line in 2006, HBA has enjoyed the endorsement of the hip-hop scene to become gospel to the “ghetto gothic” generation. “I don’t plan on stopping until I stop dreaming,” Oliver says.
Photographed at Dune Studios in New York City on September 16, 2013