Why did only 9 street wear brands make the list? Because as 8&9 describes below nine is the most perfect and powerful number and is now our favorite number. So away with top 10 lists, here’s the top 9. BTW, put on some headphones and turn up the volume as FrancisGotHeat beats are awesome!
It’s time to familize yourself with Unif if you do not already know. This bold men’s and women’s apparel line was created by Eric Espinoza + Christine Lai and is unique and original in every essence. This prêt-à-porter line looks to be bespoke at first glance but isn’t which sets it apart from all others.
ZANEROBE is a progressive streetwear label designed in Sydney, Australia. They don’t know me like you know me. All we can say is watch the video and then go take out a loan to pick up all this gear. It is no wonder they are number one on our list!
Ken Block is the founder of Hoonigan and their cultural icon. Hoonigan stands out from the rest of the street wear brands being highly focused on only those that drive or hoon cars. Hoon activities can include speeding, burnouts, doughnuts or screeching tires. Those commonly identified as being involved in “hooning” or street racing are young and predominantly male, although increasingly female, drivers in the age range of 17 and 35 years.
8&9 is streetwear brand based in beautiful Miami, Florida. While 8&9 mostly appears in small boutiques in major metropolitans it is carried worldwide by over 250 retailers. 8&9 design aesthetics combine a fierce anti-establishment attitude with quality design, old school color ways and re-appropriated sub-culture references. The grittiness of the Miami street scene is where 8&9 gets their influence. So how did the number eight and nine become the name of the brand? Thge symbolism is found within each number…the number eight represents infinity, and number nine is the highest most powerful and perfect single digit number. If you refuse to settle and are a constant path of evolving then find infinite perfection in 8&9 clothing.
The bicycle culture streetwear brand Kinfolk was formed in 2008 by a Salah Mason and a couple friends from New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan. The concept of a “Kinfolk life” grew from their desire to create products and experiences that weren’t available to purchase. They live true to their mantra and some of their best digs aren’t easy to acquire. Combining experience from a variety of disciplines, the friends set out to source the highest quality designers, builders and techniques to develop lasting products and unique experiences. As the Kinfolk family continues growing by the day, the missions of working hard and having fun remain steadfast.
In April 1994, Supreme opened its doors on Lafayette Street in downtown Manhattan and became the home of New York City skate culture. At its core was the gang of rebellious young New York skaters and artists who became the store’s staff, crew, and customers.
Supreme grew to be the embodiment of the downtown culture, playing an integral part in its constant regeneration. Skaters, punks, hip-hop heads – the young counter culture at large – all gravitated towards Supreme.
While it grew into a downtown institution, Supreme established itself as a brand known for its quality, style and authenticity.
Over its twenty year history, Supreme has worked with some of our generation’s most groundbreaking designers, artists, photographers and musicians – all who have helped continue to define its unique identity and attitude.
Rhythm brings together a group of individuals with a shared dream of creating a livelihood doing what they love. Drawing on influences from art, music and surf – past, present and future. Rhythm speaks to creative self-expressionists who yearn for new frontiers off the well-worn path.
Founded in 1995 this brand was on the brink of shutting down before re-inventing the brand as more of a street wear clothing brand rather than an exclusive skate brand. Today Ambiguous is looking fresher than ever and has broadened their category selection which helped reach a wider consumer. Expect this brand to continue to grow and take it to the next level.
The most elusive brand of all the street wear brands this No fur. No down. No silk. No leather. No wool. brand is infamous for keeping it low key. Good luck tracking down a website other than Blue Tomato that carries Naketano products.