Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. On our Haute 100 Miami list is Pharrell Williams, the musician whose band N*E*R*D will release their fourth album on Nov. 2.
Company: The Neptunes
What Made Him Haute: He hit the music scene in the 1990s and has been a dominating force ever since. While in his teens, he met Chad Hugo at a summer camp for the gifted, and the duo eventually formed The Neptunes, a music producing powerhouse that has been credited with defining the pop music genre through work with Madonna, Jay-Z, Usher, Britney Spears, Nelly, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, and more, earning them a couple of Grammys along the way. Beyond an ear for hot tracks, he also has an eye for fashion and design. He is behind two clothing lines (Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream), released a jewelry line with Louis Vuitton, and created a collection of furniture with Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Miami became his adopted home when he purchased a penthouse in Brickell’s Bristol Tower from developer Ugo Colombo.
What Makes Him Haute Now: The music scene isn’t Pharrell Williams’s only interest. The man, who was once voted “Best Dressed Man in the World” by Esquire magazine, has kept busy with other projects such as a furniture collaboration with Domeau & Pérès. The French manufacturer recently produced one of the musician’s works, which depicts a plastic seat with human legs.
Using his musical genius in films has also been a recent endeavor; for the animated film, “Despicable Me,” Pharrell recorded a song promoted in the trailer. His recent collaborations with other musicians include production on a song called “Fresh Out the Oven” for Jennifer Lopez’s seventh album, Love?, and a guest appearance on French rapper Uffie’s first album. Pharrell’s band, N*E*R*D also recently announced that their fourth album, “Nothing,” set to release Nov. 2, will be a departure from their previous records. Although their hit single “Hot N’ Fun” featuring Nelly Furtado is club-friendly, most of the other songs on the album will be of a more serious tone. N*E*R*D also opened up for the band Gorillaz this past week at Fox Theatre.