CULTURE is an interesting concept; everyone’s perception seems to differ whether it be in a positive or overly ‘sheep-like’ outlook when it comes to fashion. Over the last months, I felt as though I’d fallen out of love with streetwear and everything it entails; the supposed lack of said culture had become apparent in its entirety. These days, everything is far more centralised around how much an outfit costs or how many logos can be displayed; not aesthetic presence. Of course this isn’t a negative route to take, I’d like to point out, each individual has their own taste whether it to be taken as inspiration from others, or simply built around personal custom. To affirm a stronger sense of what our culture holds, or will hold in 2017, you have to take a step back from social media and enjoy the bigger picture. For instance, opposed to larger communities we now have ‘subsections’ if you will; localised, intricate little pockets of enthusiasts whom share common knowledge and love of apparel- being sneakers, clothing, reselling, you name it. Continue reading “Streetwear culture isn’t dead, it’s just changing.”
IN geographical terms, I think we all know just how dissimilar the UK is to the likes of Australia and New Zealand; but do ten thousand miles really make that much of a difference when it comes to street culture? During my time travelling Oceania, Tayler got in contact asking if I’d be happy to document the differences, similarities, and genuine surprises that crossed my path. This progressive breakdown encapsulates Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland as I experienced them though genuine exploration or guided tours with fashion obsessed locals. As I begin I’d like to emphasise that street culture seemed a little less prominent within these countries, meaning communities were even closer as a collective. There’s no doubt that the scenes are expanding rapidly, however there’s still a distance to travel until competing with the likes of Europe, for example. Continue reading “Let Me Tell You About My Global Streetwear Adventure…”
FIRST of all, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts recently. From University visits to family additions, it has all happened! However, I have bought myself some free time to publish my thoughts on Patta’s new season set to release this Friday.
Starting in the UK, as per usual Soho has a firm hold on what could be the European street scene with the likes of Supreme and Palace both dropping their SS16 collections within 3 weeks of each other. With the culture as it stands, these ‘camp-outs’ attract similar if not the same customers whom queue store-side until being let in two-by-two if at all. Based on leaks, teasers, look books and what has actually dropped, there has been nothing to tempt money from my pockets as of yet; whereas on the other hand, Dutch brand Patta have had the opposite impression. Continue reading “2016 Up Until Now, Patta Focus.”
CREPE City has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings back in 2009. From being the original and first UK sneaker event it now incorporates and collaborates with some of Britain’s biggest brands- from Crep Protect sneaker care to the guys at Ropes Laces, the function promises to cater for those both old and new to the addiction thus creating a community of great diversity. Continue reading “Crepe City 14, Europe’s largest Sneaker gathering.”
TO start, I’d like to make the point that there is a clear separation between streetwear, and general street-wear. Streetwear in my eyes is more towards the specified interest in fashion; this includes such cult followed brands such as Supreme, Stussy, Palace, Nike, and Bape, as examples. These brands have built up powerful reputations through globalisation and staying true to their roots (Bape could be argued by the hardcore ‘Bapehead’), and progressively gathering more interest through collaborations; a prime example is Bape crossing over into sportswear by working with Puma. General street-wear is far less exclusive, with retailers to be found on the high street and more than likely self-branded produce rather than the brands noted above. Continue reading “British streetwear, versus American streetwear trends. Who influences who?”