Coveteur recently visited Ibn Jasper at his home in West Hollywood to take an exclusive look inside his closet.
Part of Kanye West’s original Chicago clique that included longtime friends Virgil Abloh and Don Crawley, Ibn came up being West’s full-time barber, and has graced Kanye’s dome with some some very memorable looks including his Keith Haring homage from 2009, as well as his Fendi cut from 2006.
Now Ibn shares a look at some of his most treasured possessions, including sneakers, artwork, accessories, clothing and more. Check out some of the most interesting quotes below, while you can find a selection of images in the gallery above.
On his Jesus-piece from Kanye:
“[This chain] was a gift from Kanye—the crew got Jesus pieces. I got the black Jesus piece. I’m not only one, but it was one of the first ones. He was giving everyone the white Jesus with the enamel, which was really fresh, though. It has the enamel paint on it, so it looked like [a] painting, but it was jewelry. He was like, ‘I know you don’t really like that one, so, here.’”
On learning how to cut hair:
“My best friend in eighth grade taught me how to cut hair. He would cut hair for our little group of friends in my mom’s kitchen. This is the ’90s, so I had a high-top fade or whatever, so it was five of us, and he would cut all of our hair. He would just bald-fade me, and he would give me another pair of clippers, and I would shave my top so he could get started on the other people. He was just like, ‘Man, you shave your top good, I’m going to teach you how to do a bald fade.’ The first time I tried it, I did it, and I have been cutting my hair ever since.”
On if he would ever open a barber shop:
“Absolutely not. I don’t want to be responsible for other people that aren’t my children. I want to make products. I will be responsible for a product. If you make products, you can go to sleep and wake up with more money. If I cut hair—I can’t cut hair in my sleep. I’m into working smart. I’m not into working hard. I worked hard for 15 years. I learned a lot, so now I am using what I learned.”
On being a sneakerhead:
“I guess my whole life [I’ve been into sneakers], since I can remember. Probably since I was about 6 or 7, and I first saw a pair of Nike Cortez or something on a rack, and I was like, ‘I want those.’ My mom was like, ‘They’re too expensive.’ I was like, ‘Ah, damn… what is expensive? What does that mean?’”
On his current rotation:
“Right now my favorite shoe is the Vans 112 Pro and the [Vans] Old Skools and Adidas Matchcourt.”
Now check out Highsnobiety’s illustrated guide to iconic hip-hop hairstyles with Ibn Jasper.
- Photography: Tristan Kallas / Coveteur