DaMar Marcus-Lee Fairbanks also known by rapper name Balenciaga Banks is a 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 up and coming rap artist. Balenciaga Banks is a rare 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 emcee. 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 soulful 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 a full-time fashion designer for Perry Ellis International where is specialty is menswear design. Prior to that, he was a menswear design intern for iconic fashion brand Club Monaco a division of Polo Ralph Lauren. 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
Needless to say, the point of view that Balenciaga Banks brings to the world of music that is like no other. “ Quote from Banks “ Gaining a lot of notoriety from his locally popular single “You Mad Bro” Balenciaga Banks has performed at many events and opened for some of the biggest names in music. Recently connecting with Family Tree Entertainment’s Tiffany J. who’s company managed the careers of such names as Outkast, Cee-Lo, Frenchie Davis, Nas and super producer Bangladesh…. Balenciaga Banks future in fashion & music is heading in places that have never been seen before in history. Stay tuned