Last year, our team of editors, writers and contributors alike took on the daunting task of listing the 100 most influential people impacting the HYPEBEAST world. The project itself started with the obvious question, ‘what exactly is HYPEBEAST culture?’ We discovered that answer is an always evolving definition. It revolves around the best in street culture and those from the arenas of high fashion and business who are directly inspiring and influencing the world outside of their respective circles. It encompasses the innovators creating simplified worlds through accessible technologies. It includes artists, musicians and designers alike providing social commentary as well as those able to help us uncover the hidden beauties we so often overlook. With fashion at its core, HYPEBEAST is a domain in which innovators from all realms of creativity are placed in the spotlight.

In the past few months, we saw the perennial give-and-take game being played between the worlds of street and high fashion, while hip-hop’s brightest stars blanketed their influence over our culture. Nestled in the middle, is an emerging crop of brands blending functionality with sophistication, while maintaining authenticity. Furthermore, the once uncertain and dying medium of print finds life through a growing circle of progressive imprints, while brick and mortars deliver new and exciting ways to bring consumers back to the traditional ways of retail.

Without further ado, we present our latest edition of HYPEBEAST 100.

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A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky
Musician
Alex Olson
Alex Olson
Professional Skateboarder and Founder of Bianca Chandôn and Call Me 917
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Creative Director of Alexander Wang
Angelo Baque
Angelo Baque
Brand Director at Supreme
Arthur and Daniel Chmielewski
Arthur and Daniel Chmielewski
Co-founders of HAVEN and intelligence Magazine
Atsuo Watanabe
Atsuo Watanabe
Chief Editor of PRODISM
Banksy
Banksy
Artist
Ben Clymer
Ben Clymer
Founder and Executive Editor of HODINKEE
Bobby & Ben Hundreds
Bobby & Ben Hundreds
Co-founders of The Hundreds
Brendon Babenzien
Brendon Babenzien
Founder and Creative Director of Noah
Carlo Rivetti
Carlo Rivetti
CEO of SPW and Creative Director of Stone Island
Casey Zoltan
Casey Zoltan
Founder of Known Gallery and The Seventh Letter
Chitose Abe
Chitose Abe
Founder and Creative Director of sacai
Chris Gibbs
Chris Gibbs
Owner of Union Los Angeles
Chris Stamp
Chris Stamp
Founder and Creative Director of Stampd
Craig Atkinson
Craig Atkinson
CEO of CYC Design Corporation and Founder of wings+horns and Reigning Champ
Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham
Artist and Co-founder of Snarkitecture
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne
Co-Founders of Public School and Creative Directors of DKNY
David Sinatra
David Sinatra
CEO of Stussy
Demna Gvasalia
Demna Gvasalia
Founder of Vetements and Creative Director of Balenciaga
Deon Point
Deon Point
Owner and General Manager of Concepts
Don C
Don C
Founder of Just Don and RSVP Gallery
Drake
Drake
Musician
Eddie Cruz and James Bond
Eddie Cruz and James Bond
Co-Founders of Undefeated
Edison Chen & Kevin Poon
Edison Chen & Kevin Poon
Co-founders of CLOT
Edwin Faeh
Edwin Faeh
Founder of Carhartt WIP
Eiichiro Homma
Eiichiro Homma
Founder and Creative Director of nanamica and THE NORTH FACE PURPLE LABEL
Erik Fagerlind & Peter Jansson
Erik Fagerlind & Peter Jansson
Co-founders of SneakersNStuff
Errolson Hugh
Errolson Hugh
Co-Founder of ACRONYM
Futura
Futura
Artist
G-Dragon
G-Dragon
Lead Singer of Big Bang
George Bamford
George Bamford
Founder of Bamford Watch Department
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Fashion Designer and Photographer
Guillaume Philibert
Guillaume Philibert
Founder and Creative Director of Filling Pieces
Hannes and Simon Hogerman
Hannes and Simon Hogerman
Co-founders of Très Bien
Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane
Creative Director of Saint Laurent Paris
Hirofumi Kiyonaga
Hirofumi Kiyonaga
Founder of SOPH.
Hiroki Nakamura
Hiroki Nakamura
Creative Director and Founder of visvim
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Designer
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
Creative Directors of KENZO and Co-Founders of Opening Ceremony
Imran Amed
Imran Amed
Founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion
James Jebbia
James Jebbia
Founder of Supreme
James Oliver
James Oliver
Co-founder of THE NEW ORDER
Jason Dill
Jason Dill
Founder of Fucking Awesome and Hockey Skateboards
Jason M. Angsuvarn
Jason M. Angsuvarn
Founder of Jason Markk
Jasper Wong
Jasper Wong
Founder of POW! WOW!
jeffstaple
jeffstaple
Founder of Reed Space and Staple Design
Jerry Lorenzo
Jerry Lorenzo
Founder and Creative Director Fear Of God and F.O.G.
Joerg Koch
Joerg Koch
Founding Editor-In-Chief of 032c Magazine and Editor-In-Chief of SSENSE
John Parker and Christiaan Ashworth
John Parker and Christiaan Ashworth
Co-founders of END. Clothing
JR
JR
Artist and Filmmaker
Jun Takahashi
Jun Takahashi
Founder of UNDERCOVER and Creative Director of Nike GYAKUSOU
Kanye West
Kanye West
Musician
KAWS
KAWS
Artist
Kyle Stewart and Jo Sindle
Kyle Stewart and Jo Sindle
Co-founders of Goodhood
Lev Tanju
Lev Tanju
Founder of Palace Skateboards
Luca Benini
Luca Benini
Founder of Slam Jam Socialism
Luke Meier
Luke Meier
Co-founder and Creative Director of OAMC
Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc
Masaya Kuroki and Gildas Loaëc
Co-founders of Maison Kitsuné
Michael Huynh
Michael Huynh
Founder of Publish Brand
Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi
Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi
Creative Director of UNITED ARROWS & SONS
Motonori Masui
Motonori Masui
Jewelry Manufacturer for JAM HOME MADE
Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kinfolk Magazine
Nic Galway
Nic Galway
Creative Director of adidas Originals
Nick Knight
Nick Knight
Fashion Photographer and Founder of SHOWstudio.com
Nick Wooster
Nick Wooster
Fashion Consultant
NIGO
NIGO
Designer
Oliver Mak, Jay Gordon & Dan Natola
Oliver Mak, Jay Gordon & Dan Natola
Co-founders of Bodega
Olivier Rousteing
Olivier Rousteing
Creative Director of Balmain
Pete Williams
Pete Williams
Founder of Raised by Wolves and Editor-in-Chief of Highsnobiety Magazine
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
Musician and Designer
Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami
Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami
Co-founders of Common Projects
Raf Simons
Raf Simons
Fashion Designer
Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
Founder and President of COMME des GARÇONS
Rian Pozzebon
Rian Pozzebon
Head of Footwear Design for Vans
Riccardo Tisci
Riccardo Tisci
Creative Director of Givenchy
Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Fashion Designer
Rihanna
Rihanna
Musician
Ronnie Fieg
Ronnie Fieg
Founder and Creative Director of KITH NYC
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Shoemaker
Sarah Andelman
Sarah Andelman
Owner of colette
Shawn Yates
Shawn Yates
Founder of Supply Store
Shawn Yue
Shawn Yue
Founder of COMMON SENSE and MADNESS
Shinsuke Takizawa
Shinsuke Takizawa
Founder of NEIGHBORHOOD
Simon Wood
Simon Wood
Founder of Sneaker Freaker
Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell
Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell
Co-founders of Cav Empt
Stéphane Ashpool
Stéphane Ashpool
Founder and Creative Director of Pigalle
Takahiro Kinoshita
Takahiro Kinoshita
Editor-in-Chief of POPEYE Magazine
Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami
Artist
Takayuki Fujii
Takayuki Fujii
Creative Director at nonnative
Tatsuhiko Akashi
Tatsuhiko Akashi
CEO of Medicom Toy Corporation
Tetsu Nishiyama
Tetsu Nishiyama
Founder of WTAPS, FORTY PERCENTS AGAINST RIGHTS and DESCENDANT
Thom Browne
Thom Browne
Fashion Designer and Creative Director of Moncler Gamme Bleu
Travi$ Scott
Travi$ Scott
Musician
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator
Musician and Fashion Designer
VERBAL and YOON
VERBAL and YOON
Co-founders of AMBUSH
Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh
Founder and Creative Director of OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH
Yohji Yamamoto
Yohji Yamamoto
Fashion Designer and Founder of Yohji Yamamoto and Y-3
Yosuke Aizawa
Yosuke Aizawa
Founder and Creative Director of White Mountaineering
Yu-Ming Wu
Yu-Ming Wu
Founder of Sneaker News and CMO of Stadium Goods
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