Back in the 1990s, Brooklyn Magazine referred to Maurice Malone as “the Steve Jobs of Denim.” By 2001, however, his finances looked like a pair of distressed jeans.

It was a typically meteoric rise and fall for the fashion designer, who went from delivering Dominos pizzas in Detroit to hanging out with Biggie Smalls in New York to sinking into debt within the space of a a few years. He’s back on the up again, though, which is why Fast Company sat down to chart the rise, fall and re-rise of Maurice Malone.

Head over to Fast Company for the full story.

Of all the types of denim out there, Maurice specialized in the raw variety, have a read over our beginner’s guide to the fabric.

Words by Aleks Eror