RC’s Top Streetwear Brands In 2019
We delve even deeper into the world of streetwear with our selection of top streetwear brands in 2019.
The RC streetwear magazine has been given you the latest drops, hype collaboration releases and streetwear resale news ever since we first started 6 years ago now back in 2013. Now boasting a global readership all over the world with a readership into the millions each year, we wanted to share with you our top streetwear brands for 2019 in no particular order.
Supreme New York
With over night queues on launch day, it’s hard to ignore the influence that Supreme has on streetwear culture. Ever since opening its doors in 1994, Supreme has become a global phenomenon with stores in Europe, the United States, and Japan. Born in the USA but raised in England James Jebbia started out running the Union store in New York in 1989 and in 1994, opened a small skate store whilst working for Stüssy. The US born brand is best known for its iconic box logo which was inspired by the artist Barbara Kruger, a box logo based item will sell out in seconds. Supreme is probably best known for its sell out collaborations including Timberland, Clarks Originals, Stone Island, The North Face and Vans. In 2017 Supreme released their most iconic collaboration with French fashion house Louis Vuitton, the drop featured barrel and cross body bags, denim and camo co-ords with logo branding and must have accessories.
The North Face
Wanting to look good and be protected from the elements, look no further than The North Face. Established in 1968, in San Francisco, friends Douglas Tompkins and Dick “Hap” Klopp formed the label based on their mountaineering passions and opened up a store. The brand quickly moved onto high-performance climbing, backpacking equipment and began sponsoring expeditions in a bid to gain global status. All time classic TNF silhouettes include the classic Nuptse jacket and the 1990 Mountain jacket which utilise the latest garment tech such as GORE-TEX. The North Face x Supreme collections have also become some of the most collectable and sought after drops on the streetwear resale market.
The brand’s full name is A Bathing Ape in Lukewarm Water and was founded by Nigo in 1993. Its name hails from the indulgent and lazy lifestyle of the Japanese youth that was explored by Nigo at the time, wherein bathing in lukewarm water is considered an over-indulgence/luxury. While prices for the average BAPE piece cost anything from £1,650.00 to £60.00, getting the latest pieces from the label can be more than a chore. Although the iconic BAPE Shark camo hoodies are a favourite, the brand is set to release a collaboration with Barbie, which includes limited edition dolls, as well as apparel and accessories. Take a look at their SS19 collection which includes; tie dye prints and classic 90s tracksuits.
Founded by Shawn Stussy in 1984, Stüssy is widely known as one of the oldest and original streetwear brands on the market today. With many of the labels collection using the iconic signature tag, the US based brand has embraced the skateboard culture to move onto cater for a global audience of skaters and street wear fans alike. Stussy grew up in Southern Califorina and spent most of his time crafting surfboards at the age of 13. After being hired by a surfboard manufacturer, Stussy explored the subculture, scrawling across boards and setting up shop in Laguna Beach. Transfer this signature to t-shirts and sweaters; you have the iconic Stüssy clothing draped on the backs of the surfer community. Since then the brand has moved forward to cater to a larger global audience, its basics remain the same, with its most recent collection featuring oversized fits, tie dye prints and contrast stitching.
Since 2009, Palace Skateboards has been undoubtedly the biggest streetwear export from London and the United Kingdom. A living embodiment of London’s skate scene, Palace is best known for its skateboard inspired clothing, references to popular culture and sell out drops. Ideas for the brand first started off in a London flat close to Waterloo station by Lev Tanju the son of an ex-Turkish pro footballer and his mother, and restaurant owner based in Clapham. Growing up in the proximity of Southbank Skate Park, the ‘Palace Wayward Boys’ (Tanju and friends) were squatting in a flat and when Tanju then decided to set up a label, the name seemed obvious. The brand began as a pop-up but has since moved on to work with brands such as Umbro, Reebok Classics, adidas Originals and more recently, Ralph Lauren. The collaboration between the two brands was one of the first of many in which we saw a blend of streetwear and high-end labels coming together and creating streetwear ready pieces. The drop originally began via Instagram and went on to release ready-to-wear sweatshirts and polo’s with the iconic Polo Bear design.
Founded by the London-based designer Samuel Ross in 2015, A-COLD-WALL* features tailored ready-to-wear for both men and women. After graduating from De Montfort University in Leicester with a degree in graphic design and illustration, Ross went on to work for a design agency, where he worked across the board. Ross was picked up by Virgil Abloh, now creative director of LV, Ross worked as an intern and then as a right-hand assistant and consultant. In an interview with Vouge Ross explains his relationship with Abloh as someone “Who has been a part of his journey, someone who looks at him as a mentor, someone and who is a person of colour in this industry.” It’s clear that almost every piece from A-COLD-WALL* pays homage to Ross time at University. With unconventional tailoring and streamlined design, there is a clear utilitarian theme.
A sub-division of the historic American work wear brand Carhartt, Carhartt WIP (Work In Progress) was founded in 1994 by Edwin Faeh. A rugged approach to the original label, the streetwear brands offspring was quickly embraced by the graffiti writers, ravers and artists and skateboarding subcultures of 90s Europe. The brand is best known for its ready-to-wear garments such as such as chore jackets, work pants and carpenter trousers in the form of denim fabric and canvas, which eventually became the brand’s trademark materials. Overtime the brand has collaborated with a huge range of brands including Vetements, Brain Dead, Patta, Nike Air Max and Converse. Expect to see lots of denims and camouflages in nearly every collection.
Dutch lead brand Patta first opened its doors in 2004 in Amsterdam. An exciting prospect to the Amsterdam streetwear scene, the brand started off as a platform that sold exclusive collectable items. Founded by Edson Sabajo and Guillaume Schmidt in 2004, Patta has moved onto global recognition and is known for its logo-printed tee’s and it’s collaborations with many household names on a national and international level. The latest collection with C.P. Company features a selection of body bags, beanies, graphic tees, technical pants, tactical vests, zip up sweatshirts, lens bucket hats in technical fabrics and Patta branding throughout.
Although not officially one of the traditional streetwear brands, thanks to Supreme collaborations and Drake endorsements in the USA, Stone Island has become one of the most sought after designer labels over the last 5 years. Its urban music origins in the UK can be traced back to the early noughties Grime scene in London with the likes of Kano seen wearing the brand. Move forward to 2019 and Stone Island are a global powerhouse and recently dropped their latest SS19 collaboration with Supreme which included a new riot mask jacket and the water resistant Nylon Tela Silk Jacket.