From what started out as a hobby to now a full fledged brand has definitely shocked me,” explains Hype co-founder Liam Green. Along with Aidy Lennox, it’s only two years since they first started out and now they’re showcasing in China, the US and Europe.
Bench go back, way back. Born in the 80s in Manchester, they were at the epicentre of the club and street culture scene. So it’s not surprise that this year is going to be one big, long ballyhoo of a party for them; because that’s the way they roll. Starting things off with the release of their Street Tech Collection – combining technical fabrics with subtle nods to their heritage. A silver hoody features Primaloft insulating technology engineered for extra warmth.
If you hadn’t yet made the connection between Obey Clothing and American street art graphic designer Shepard Fairey, now’s the time to wise up! His groundbreaking art, famously the Obey (Andre the) Giant, has touched and inspired us since the beginning of the '90s.
With the abundance of choices in watch designs, you’d have thought it was pretty hard to even dent the market these days. But Superdry have snuck in and actually hit the spot with their quality timepieces.
Earlier this year we fell for their chunky leather strapped Colosseum capsule. And now they’ve gone the extra distance and released a gents and ladies range of 10ATM water resistant watches on the affordable side of 60 quid, although you could stretch up to almost double that in the multi dial option.
What are you wearing right now?
“I am wearing an Alexander McQueen cape jacket in electric blue, black matte Black Milk leggings, Christian Louboutin Equestria boots, Phoebe Coleman/Zoe and Morgan jewelry. I'm currently having my hair done in Soho, New York City in preparation to go to a Woodkid concert.”
Do you have any style icons?
Streetwear brand TRASH has teamed up with CALM, a worthy charity that aims to raise awareness in the prevention of male suicide.
They’ve produced this limited edition unisex t-shirt in a bid to keep the message upbeat and positive.
Nicce clothing are formed of a team of creatives that live in East London and have a combined passion for fashion and dance music.
Their aim is to “focus on trends and the market of print tees” while at the same time working at providing an alternative to the better known name brands that tend to swamp the marketplace.
Launched this year, NoWayBack is the artistic fusion and combined talents of an ex-DJ and a graphic designer. Helen aka The Lovely Helen was a resident at Birmingham’s Wobble back in the day, playing alongside Derrick Carter, X-Press 2 and Andrew Weatherall, while at the same time working in music and fashion retail.
Skip to the end… last year she met Chris, an artist and graphic designer, and together they formed NoWayBack, a brand with a passion for dance music.