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A$AP Rocky and Jonathan Anderson's genuine bond

A$AP Rocky had been a long-time fan of designer Jonathan Anderson before he worked with him.

A$AP Rocky and Jonathan Anderson have mutual admiration for each since creating a capsule collection together.

The American rapper and Northern Irish designer have teamed up on an eight-piece range of sleek streetwear garments, including faux fur jackets, hats, tracksuit jackets and tracksuit trousers.

Speaking at the designer's J.W. Anderson Spring Mens 2017 runway show in London on Sunday (12Jun16), A$AP explained he was a fan of the fashion star long before they worked together and the pair bonded straight away.

"I felt like a fan since I’ve started working with him - even before, obviously, because I used to go to Opening Ceremony," A$AP told WWD. "I thought it was pretty amazing that he gave us so much free space just to do what we want... He was like ‘Yo man, go ahead and have fun.’ With him it’s genuine and the respect and admiration is mutual."

The venture is one of Jonathan's many projects, with him helming his eponymous label J.W. Anderson as well as Spanish luxury label Loewe. But the Fashion Killa rapper reveals his partner wasn't afraid to let him loose in the design studio, even allowing him to design the JWA x AWGE logo emblazoned on the pieces. And of the line, A$AP noted his priority was attention to detail.

"I was obsessed with his collection with all the mock necks and turtlenecks and all the square zippers. And obviously I really loved the fur that I wore from his other collections. So I really wanted to make a mixture of those two," he told, adding that he hopes to wear the clothes when he performs on stage.

The line is available to purchase from the designer's Shoreditch Workshops from Monday (13Jun16), with prices ranging from $275 (£190) for a hat to $1,300 (£899) for a coat.

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