DaMar Marcus-Lee Fairbanks also known by rapper name Balenciaga Banks is an American Recording Artist and Fashion Designer for Perry Ellis International. Balenciaga Banks holds two associates of arts degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. Known for his work ethic the full-time fashion designer and musician has released 8 mixtapes. Balenciaga Banks is a rare American talent that is building a legacy in the entertainment and fashion Industries at the same time.
MUSIC: Balenciaga Banks is not your typical rap/hip-hop scenester. Whether he’s designing clothing in his signature street-cum-country-club style or reminding the listener of early De La Soul, his music aims to fuse the gap between the underground rap scene and mainstream music. Sure, there’s the usual club fare, but there’s also a grungy underground element to his music, from the production to the lyrics is what sets Balenciaga Banks apart from the contemporary offerings in the hip-hop genre. There’s the inherent emotion throughout the work of the Cincinnati, Ohio rhymer, an emotion that draws the listener in, makes you believe every word. His choice of production is at once elegant rough and real, which helps Balenciaga Banks connect with the listener in a new and interesting way.
FASHION: Balenciaga Banks is working full-time for Perry Ellis International as a menswear designer. Prior to that, he was a menswear design intern for iconic fashion brand Club Monaco a division of Polo Ralph Lauren.
AWARDS: Balenciaga Banks earned Funkshion Miami Fashion Week “Menswear Designer of the Year 2009” he’s also featured in the CFDA’s Emerging Fashion Designers Book published October 23, 2010