Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, remade himself by working his lines on TV (last season’s Dexter), on Broadway (A Free Man of Color), and now in fashion—he’s a collaborator at N.Y.C. shop Ale et Ange. The jacket, shirt, hat, and pants are all Ale et Ange.
Regarding the name change, Yasiin told GQ ”I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I’m declaring it openly.”
The Q&A is short, sweet and definitely worth the read. Check it out now at GQ.