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The Rise of Fashionable Technology

TechComments ⋅ Feb 1, 2013
“As hardware gets smaller and grows more powerful, the devices are now bred in another form. These new devices are sleeker, better-designed and offer more practical methods of improving our lives.” I’ve always been fascinated by the next big thi...

ILL-FITS: The Trend of Performance Sneakers & Suits

StyleComments ⋅ Jan 26, 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’...

Scaling the Concert Experience: How Artists Are Using Video and Streaming

EditorialComments ⋅ Nov 29, 2012
There are few moments as exciting as when an artist appears on the stage. While it’s ideally seen firsthand at a concert, it’s only a little less of a rush to see a performer emerging from backstage (or rising slowly from below) and hearing the audie...

The Meaning Behind Navajo: Fashion’s Misunderstanding

EditorialComments ⋅ Nov 16, 2012
The fashion industry doesn’t care that it is creating the Native aesthetic without Native American input. That “Navajo”, “Native”, or “Indian” pattern you love and associate with Native design was created by a non-native who has had no interaction wi...

Matters of Taste: Rugby Ralph Lauren – A Eulogy

EditorialComments ⋅ Nov 3, 2012
Today, a friend of mine was issued a death warrant. It may seem absurd to attach such melodrama to a clothing brand, let alone one owned and incepted entirely by one of the largest apparel companies in the world, yet I can’t help the way I feel. For...

The Hundreds: Politixxx – Round 1

EditorialComments ⋅ Oct 31, 2012
Next Tuesday, November 6 marks the 2012 United States presidential election as American voters look to determine if President Barack Obama will see a second term in office or if Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney becomes the 45th President of the U...

ILL-FITS: The Walking Dead

EditorialComments ⋅ Oct 31, 2012
As HYPEBEAST’s readership continues to grow, so does the size of our inbox. From props and complaints, to linesheets, aspiring brands and PR companies, we are constantly getting hit up by many of our loyal readers for various reasons. We’...

ILL-FITS: Are “Fast Fashion” Collaborations Bad for the Fashion Industry?

EditorialComments ⋅ Oct 19, 2012
As a struggling student who shamefully spends much of his time perusing HYPEBEAST salivating for garbs my wallet inversely cries over, my wallet and I look forward to seeing haute couture designers team with affordable retail outlets for limited edit...

How Swatch Group’s Reduction of Supply Will Invigorate the Watch Industry

EditorialComments ⋅ Oct 5, 2012
When Swatch made the announcement that they would stop providing movement kits to the industry, there was a collective outcry. Without a doubt Swatch is a powerhouse owning 19 brands across all price ranges from haute horlogerie marques like Breguet...

Party Like a Rock Star: Is Hip-Hop the New Rock ‘n’ Roll?

EditorialComments ⋅ Sep 27, 2012
The year was 2007; one-hit wonders Shop Boyz would release their summer anthem “Party Like a Rockstar.” Filled with trite lines (“Me and my band man / On the yacht with Marilyn Manson”) and generic, wannabe heavy-metal guitar riffs, the only redeemin...

The Shape of Music To Come: Does ‘Cool’ Replace Money?

StyleComments ⋅ Aug 16, 2012
When Napster went live in June of 1999, perhaps the single greatest moment in the modern distribution media occurred. Societal expectations of the worth of copyrighted content were restructured in irreversible way. That of course, is all old news. At...

The Dawn of the New Retailer: Retail’s Changing Model

EditorialComments ⋅ Aug 10, 2012
You certainly won’t find today’s most remarkable or valuable retail stores at your local mall. It all started with the success of Gilt Groupe a few years ago, the entity that took the concept of sample and flash sales online. The past few years ha...

Brandon McCartney: The Digital Generation’s Based Leader

EditorialComments ⋅ Aug 9, 2012
Brandon McCartney. Lil B. BasedGod. Uttering any of those three names will likely result in the following responses: “Whoo,” “Swag,” “Thank you BasedGod” and my personal favorite, “You can fu** my bit** Based...

HYPEBEAST Approved: Bottle Openers

EditorialComments ⋅ Jun 18, 2012
This encouraging tale goes out to my amiable peers coerced into the early stages of alcoholism by way of attaining the “Social Drinker” badge in Foursqaure. Sure my leg instinctively starts twitching at my prison-like cubicle around 1pm as I begin to...

BadBadNotGood: The Game-Changers of Jazz

EditorialComments ⋅ Jun 15, 2012
A lightly-struck piano key reverberates in the still air. It flutters and disappears as an upright bass begins to crescendo with a barrage of cymbal crashes. The result is unexpected; a cover of Tyler, the Creator’s “Bastard,” which...