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HYPEBEAST Trade: Mike Cherman of ICNY

Lying in the street, cold, bloodied and alone, Mike Cherman had the inkling of an idea. Insert a roll of reflective material and he had the concept for a brand. Born out of necessity, ICNY is Mike’s retort to the self-posited question “how could I ha...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Andrea Panconesi of Luisa Via Roma

Andrea Panconesi was caught off guard when the family business fell into his hands. Young and inexperienced, his work selecting and buying for the hat shop turned clothing store was further sidetracked by the runway models of the shows he attended. B...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Daniel Chmielewski of HAVEN on Value and the Canadian Retail Scene

In Canada — where land is abundant but the population is sparse — the combination of a resilient economy and small market provides both opportunities and challenges. Owned and operated by Daniel and Arthur Chmielewski, HAVEN is one of the...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Kevin Poon of CLOT & DISTRICT

Kevin Poon, known to many as KP, is a co-founder of the Hong Kong-based streetwear label CLOT and innovative distributor DISTRICT. Known as one of the seminal groundbreakers of the Hong Kong street scene, he also runs the retail chain JUICE R...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Kip Fulks Chief Operating Officer of Under Armour

Once upon a retail battlefield, where prospective consumers struggled to side with an aggressive advertiser out of Oregon or a newly formed German-based conglomerate, a young brand flourished out of the need to offer technologically-advanced products...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Michael Akira West of 686 Technical Apparel

In November of 1992, apparel brand 686 was born with the goal of providing fashionable as well as technical outerwear inspired by the unique Los Angeles appropriation of street culture and its nearby mountaineering lifestyle. Doing the unheard of in...

HYPEBEAST Trade: jeffstaple Founder/Creative Director of Staple Design & Reed Space

If you haven’t kept a pulse on jeffstaple since 2005 when he designed the now infamous “Pigeon Dunks,” it is easy to write off the name as simply “that one guy who designed that one pair of shoes that one time.” But, fas...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Ken Harman of Spoke Art Gallery

In its beginnings, Spoke Art Gallery enjoyed success throwing pop-up exhibits in New York and Oakland, but eventually made the jump and settled in to its own permanent gallery space on Sutter Street in San Francisco. The gallery maintains its focus o...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Steve Gardner New Balance Lifestyle SBU Manager

Outsourcing manufacturing and production is a common practice in the footwear industry. As a prominent contender in the footwear market, New Balance earnestly continues to produce a portion of their shoes in the United States and in the United Kingdo...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Jason Ross of Jackthreads

After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in Finance, Jason Ross and a good friend started a sports marketing firm. With two years of less than ideal work under its belt, Ross dismantled the firm citing a lack of passion to really exc...