Chrome Hearts Photography book by Richard Stark
Published by Green Arrow Publications
By: Andrew Yi/@Anzhu_yi
Though Chrome Hearts has gained fame and notoriety within the fashion world, information regarding the brand’s history (let alone its founder, Richard Stark) is sparse. A Chrome Hearts photography book published by Green Arrow publications in October 1997 and released in Japan, features a hand-written letter by Richard Stark, detailing his life and Chrome Heart’s early history.
Stark was born on May 19th, 1960 in Utica, New York. After moving to California at the age of 18, he painted houses and studied architecture. Stark apprenticed with an architect builder, learning building and woodworking while simultaneously stocking leather for his boss's father’s leather importing company. For the next few years, Stark would work as a leather importer , making leather garments for his friends on the side. In his letter, Stark recounts in October 1988, “One sedated eve, my favorite design was conceived - I called it Chrome Hearts.”
Chrome Hearts opened in March of 1989 designing the costume of the 1989 comedy horror film “Chopper Chicks in ZombieTown” followed by a collaboration with Steve Jones, the guitarist of the legendary British Punk-rock band the Sex Pistols.Three years later in 1992, Stark received the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers) award, to which he wrote, “Never heard of it.” Stark concludes the letter with a motto: “Chrome don’t get you home, but Chrome Hearts will get you somewhere that makes you feel like yer home.”