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Dissecting the Difference Between Japanese and American Retail: Part 3 – The Internet’s Role

EditorialComments ⋅ Aug 22, 2014
Although loyal allies to the world and innovators within our creative culture, Japan and the United States of America have many obvious differences when it comes to the realm of commerce. Having already compared consumer behaviors in  Part 1 and how...

Dissecting the Difference Between Japanese and American Retail: Part 2 – A Job Versus a Career

EditorialComments ⋅ Jul 15, 2014
From the narrow perspective of a wholesaler, Japan and the United States of America may appear to share many similar buying characteristics, yet our favorite clothiers have an exceptionally different opinion. As examined in Part 1 of our discussion –...

Dissecting the Difference Between Japanese and American Retail: Part 1 – A Buyer’s Identity

EditorialComments ⋅ Jun 26, 2014
In the wake of the recent Jackson-Woodson firings in the NBA, I considered just how difficult it is for a coach to properly induce a particular philosophy or style of play, whilst inspiring and maximizing his players’ talents. More than just a strate...

Polls: LeBron James and Kevin Durant Top Forbes List for Best-Selling Sneaker – Which is Your Favorite Nike Collection?

EditorialComments ⋅ Feb 7, 2014
The rivalry between LeBron James and Kevin Durant – initially sparked with Durant’s “second best” comments in a Sports Illustrated interview last year – also transitions off of the court. In light of his career-best scoring season r...

Polls: Kanye West Signs with adidas & Drake with Jordan Brand – Who Came Out On Top?

EditorialComments ⋅ Dec 6, 2013
Earlier this week we saw two of the biggest sportswear brands make arguably their most significant signings in recent memory. We’re not talking about established all-star athletes but rather Kanye West and Drake, who each signed with adidas and...

Is the Internet Making Us All Dress the Same?

EditorialComments ⋅ Jul 19, 2013
Since ancient times, trade has organically positioned itself as a catalyst for trans-cultural diffusion. Its centralized marketplace is more than just an arena for the trading of goods and services; it also creates a forum for the inquisitive to shar...

Are Random Restocks Good for the Sneaker Community?

StyleComments ⋅ Jul 3, 2013
Nike continually keeps sneakerheads on edge. From their implementation of Nike Twitter RSVP to their banishment of campers in front of their brick and mortars, the hunt for highly sought-after sneakers gets more intricate daily. Nike throws us anothe...

The Maha Gang: Bringing Maharishi to Life

EditorialComments ⋅ Jun 12, 2013
A public housing estate in South London is an unlikely place to be swarmed by streetwear heads, the type that brand managers don’t understand and would like to hide away. But these young men show resilience about their existence when they speak of...

As Billionaire Boys Club Changes Strategy, What Are Your Thoughts?

StyleComments ⋅ Jun 7, 2013
Billionaire Boys Club recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, bringing together many high-profile supporters of the brand. With somebody like Pharrell Williams at the helm, it’s difficult to find a reason to hate — that perhaps is about...

3 Ways Big Data is Changing Fashion

StyleComments ⋅ Jun 5, 2013
Numbers are becoming as valuable an ally as mentors or critics are to fashion designers. One example of a successful, crowdsourced set of opinions is fashion startup Go Try it On. The appeal of shopping at retailers still exists because there are...

Can Uniqlo Set the Agenda for Affordable Technical Clothing?

EditorialComments ⋅ May 30, 2013
As the world watched golf pro Adam Scott button up his newly awarded green jacket to become the first ever Australian to win The Masters in its 77th year, one couldn’t help but notice the subtle Uniqlo embroidery peeking out from behind his not...

Does Kickstarter and Crowdfunding Affect a Label’s Branding?

StyleComments ⋅ May 17, 2013
From defining a clear identity to developing a strong retail presence, independent fashion start-ups will encounter a mountain of obstacles in the way of a successful future. Before any of these initiatives are delivered to the doorstep of the market...

Gary Warnett: KNOWLEDGE REIGNS SUPREME

EditorialComments ⋅ May 14, 2013
Given the amount of publicity that has been stirred lately surrounding the ongoing legal issues between New York’s Supreme and Leah McSweeney’s Married To The Mob, it has become increasingly more difficult to separate the truth from the l...

ILL-FITS: Jackin’ for Swag

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 30, 2013
As HYPEBEAST’s readership continues to grow, so does the size of our inbox. From props and complaints, to line sheets, aspiring brands and PR companies, we are constantly getting hit up by many of our loyal readers for various reasons. We’...

Building a Streetwear Brand Through Social Media

EditorialComments ⋅ Apr 12, 2013
It really makes you wonder what makes a person spend $100 something essentially printed on Gildan or AAA quality shirts. Mind you this isn’t Egyptian cotton or anything, these are the exact same shirts I used to get at my local Target for 3 for $20....