Category Archives: Apparel

REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

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The current fetishisation of “roadman” aesthetics frequently seems to miss the strange nuances in functional bits like side bags and double tracksuit bottoms and the solemn-faced eccentricity in a UK goon dress code. Broad strokes end up labelling every part of a working class youth’s wardrobe or modern black British style with a roadman tag, and it’s wide off the mark. It’s about far more than kids with posh names banging on about bunnin.’ Continue reading REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

GEOFF

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If Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog has set you on a quest for extra knowledge of Nike’s early days, there’s some gold on YouTube. Nike employee #3 and University of Oregon runner Geoff Hollister was integral to pushing the company forward in its early days and made some significant moves in the 1980s too with his promo know-how and creativity (the short-lived but excellent Aqua Gear line was his brainchild) before bolstering the brand’s grassroots running projects the following decade and penning a post retirement memoir called Out of Nowhere that’s an essential supplement to Knight’s book. Continue reading GEOFF

ALPO’S COAT

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For a while, Dapper Dan was a near-mythic figure beyond NYC, but over the last four years he’s been making some necessary appearances to remind folks that he’s the a father of the high fashion and streetwear crossover that’s been the wave since Alpo was buying ten jackets at a time to Puffy’s finest excesses to the current mix and match zeitgeist. Continue reading ALPO’S COAT

GIMME PiL

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Gimme Five is one of the most important UK streetwear lines in history, but I suspect that it was overlooked for a few reasons. Firstly, it was on sale in accounts that held hype product like visvim and Supreme, thus Michael Kopelman’s brand sit in the shadows. Secondly, its distribution was scarce, the line was barely marketed and releases were sporadic. Continue reading GIMME PiL

AMERICAN REBEL

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If you’re willing to make the effort (and it’s well worth it), I only just noticed that some of the French documentary, Larry Clark, Great American Rebel is online in pieces. This one-hour 2003 film features plenty of good insight into Clark’s work and it’s the source of the popular making of Kids video on YouTube. Continue reading AMERICAN REBEL

GORE-TEX DYSTOPIA

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I usually don’t knowingly put things here that are covered by bigger, better sites, but I love ACRONYM®’s new video more than anything else I’ve seen from a brand this year. In recent years Errolson and the team have made outerwear into a martial art, and had clothing included in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on PlayStation and Xbox. So how do you top that? Continue reading GORE-TEX DYSTOPIA