HB100 | 2017
The Innovators From All Realms of Creativity in the Spotlight

The best in street culture and those from the arenas of high fashion and business directly inspiring and influencing the world outside their respective circles.

As the year comes to an end our team of editors and contributors reflect on the individuals that made a significant impact within the realm of HYPEBEAST. As social media has allowed creators to widen the reach of their message, various creative fields have consequently overlapped with other forms of expression. Whether it be within art, music, sports, or entertainment, having a concise, creative vision is absolutely necessary in creating an authentic and consistent message amidst the volatile nature of the Internet.

We present you the 2017 HB100.

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A$AP Rocky
A$AP Rocky
Musician
Aaron Bondaroff
Aaron Bondaroff
Founder of KNOW WAVE
Adwoa Aboah
Adwoa Aboah
Model
Aleali May
Aleali May
Model, Stylist
Alessandro Michele
Alessandro Michele
Creative Director of Gucci
Alex Olson
Alex Olson
Skateboarder, Founder of Bianca Chandon and Call Me 917
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Designer
Andrew Richardson
Andrew Richardson
Founder of Richardson Magazine
Arthur & Daniel Chmielewski
Arthur & Daniel Chmielewski
Co-founders of HAVEN
Arun Gupta
Arun Gupta
Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Grailed
Astrid Andersen
Astrid Andersen
Designer
Atsuhiko Mori
Atsuhiko Mori
Founder of WACKO MARIA
Banksy
Banksy
Artist
Ben Baller
Ben Baller
Co-founder of Superism and IF & Co.
Blondey McCoy
Blondey McCoy
Skateboarder, Artist
Boris Bidjan Saberi
Boris Bidjan Saberi
Designer
Brendon Babenzien
Brendon Babenzien
Founder of Noah
Cali Thornhill DeWitt & Brendan Fowler
Cali Thornhill DeWitt & Brendan Fowler
Co-founders of Some Ware
Carlo Rivetti
Carlo Rivetti
CEO of SPW & Creative Director of Stone Island
Chitose Abe
Chitose Abe
Founder and Creative Director of Sacai
Chris Gibbs
Chris Gibbs
Owner of Union Los Angeles
Craig Green
Craig Green
Designer
Cynthia Lu
Cynthia Lu
Founder of Cactus Plant Flea Market
Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham
Artist and Co-founder of Snarkitecture
Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne
Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne
Co-founders of Public School
Demna Gvasalia
Demna Gvasalia
Designer of Vetements and Creative Director of Balenciaga
Drake
Drake
Musician
Edison Chen
Edison Chen
Co-founder of CLOT
Edson Sabajo & Guillaume Schmidt
Edson Sabajo & Guillaume Schmidt
Co-founders of Patta
Errolson Hugh
Errolson Hugh
Designer
Fergus Purcell & Sofia Prantera
Fergus Purcell & Sofia Prantera
Co-founders of Aries
Francesco Ragazzi
Francesco Ragazzi
Founder of Palm Angels and Artistic Director of Moncler
Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean
Musician
G-Dragon
G-Dragon
Musician
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Designer
Guillermo Andrade
Guillermo Andrade
Head of Design at 424
Heron Preston
Heron Preston
Designer
Hiroki Nakamura
Hiroki Nakamura
Designer
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Designer
Imran Ciesay & Solomon Boyede
Imran Ciesay & Solomon Boyede
Co-founders of Places + Faces
Jake Phelps
Jake Phelps
Editor-in-Chief of Thrasher
James Bond & Eddie Cruz
James Bond & Eddie Cruz
Co-founders of UNDFTD
James Jebbia
James Jebbia
Founder of Supreme
Jeff Staple
Jeff Staple
Founder of Staple Design
Jerry Lorenzo
Jerry Lorenzo
Designer
Jo Sindle & Kyle Stewart
Jo Sindle & Kyle Stewart
Co-founders of Goodhood
Joerg Koch
Joerg Koch
Founder of 032C and Editor-in-Chief of SSENSE
John Elliott
John Elliott
Designer
Jonathan Anderson
Jonathan Anderson
Designer
Jun Takahashi
Jun Takahashi
Designer
Junya Watanabe
Junya Watanabe
Designer
Justin Saunders
Justin Saunders
Founder of JJJJound
KAWS
KAWS
Artist
Kanye West
Kanye West
Musician, Designer
Keizo Shimizu
Keizo Shimizu
Founder of NEPENTHES
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
Musician
Kim Jones
Kim Jones
Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Men's
Kris Van Assche
Kris Van Assche
Artistic Director of Dior Homme
Lev Tanju
Lev Tanju
Founder of Palace Skateboards
Luca Benini
Luca Benini
Founder of Slam Jam
Luke Meier
Luke Meier
Co-founder of OAMC and Co-Creative Director of Jil Sander
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Maria Grazia Chiuri
Artistic Director of Dior
Mark Gonzales
Mark Gonzales
Professional Skateboarder and Artist
Martine Rose
Martine Rose
Designer
Masaaki Homma
Masaaki Homma
Founder of mastermind JAPAN
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
Designer
Mitsuhiro Kubo
Mitsuhiro Kubo
Owner and Creative Director of GR8
NIGO
NIGO
Creative Director of UT and Human Made
Nick Knight
Nick Knight
Photographer and Founder of SHOWstudio.com
OHHYUK
OHHYUK
Musician
Olga Karput
Olga Karput
Founder of KM20
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
Musician and Designer
Phoebe Philo
Phoebe Philo
Creative Director of Céline
Raf Simons
Raf Simons
Designer
Rami Atallah
Rami Atallah
Co-founder and CEO of SSENSE
Rei Kawakubo & Adrian Joffe
Rei Kawakubo & Adrian Joffe
Founder and President of COMME des GARCONS and Dover Street Market
Riccardo Tisci
Riccardo Tisci
Designer
Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Designer
Rihanna
Rihanna
Singer and Designer
Ronnie Fieg
Ronnie Fieg
Founder and Creative Director of KITH
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Shoemaker and Founder of Hender Scheme
Samuel Ross
Samuel Ross
Founder of A-COLD-WALL*
Sarah Andelman
Sarah Andelman
Co-founder of colette
Shayne Oliver
Shayne Oliver
Co-founder of Hood By Air and Designer at Helmut Lang
Shinsuke Takizawa
Shinsuke Takizawa
Founder of NEIGHBORHOOD
Sk8thing & Toby Feltwell
Sk8thing & Toby Feltwell
Co-founders of Cav Empt
Stéphane Ashpool
Stéphane Ashpool
Founder and Creative Director of Pigalle
Takashi Murakami
Takashi Murakami
Artist
Tatsuhiko Akashi
Tatsuhiko Akashi
Founder and CEO of MEDICOM TOY Corporation
Teddy Santis
Teddy Santis
Founder of Aimé Leon Dore
Tetsu Nishiyama
Tetsu Nishiyama
Founder of WTAPS, DESCENDANT and FORTY PERCENTS AGAINST RIGHTS
Tom Sachs
Tom Sachs
Artist
Tommy Perse
Tommy Perse
Owner of Maxfield LA
Travis Scott
Travis Scott
Rapper, Producer, Designer
Tremaine Emory & Acyde
Tremaine Emory & Acyde
Co-founders of No Vacancy Inn
Tyler, The Creator
Tyler, The Creator
Musician and Fashion Designer
Vincent Tsang
Vincent Tsang
Co-Owner and Art Director of Dime
Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh
Founder and Creative Director of Off-White™
Yoon & Verbal
Yoon & Verbal
Co-founders of AMBUSH
Yuta Hosokawa
Yuta Hosokawa
Founder and Designer at READYMADE
Interviews
Aaron Bondaroff
Founder of KNOW WAVE
"Some others say that the lines are blurred about what’s going on in culture and what’s going on in general, but at this point I think there are no lines anymore."
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Alessandro Michele
Creative Director of Gucci
"Streetwear is a powerful word, which sometimes is trivialized. For me streetwear means life, because it is what you wear when you go outside."
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Andrew Richardson
Founder of Richardson Magazine
"Streetwear, initially an anti-establishment reflection of youth, is now absorbed into the business of fashion."
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Arthur & Daniel Chmielewski
Co-founders of HAVEN
"We have always curated the brands we carry based primarily on their quality and authenticity instead of hype or trends."
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Arun Gupta
Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Grailed
"In the short term we are trying to democratize men's fashion and make it accessible to everybody. In the long term, we want to be the place that helps people to express themselves from the inside."
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Astrid Andersen
Designer
"My perspective will always be through a masculine lens because that’s my preference."
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Ben Baller
Co-founder of Superism and IF & Co.
"You know I feel like there was much more diversity when it came to 10 years ago. One thing didn’t look like the other, and now everyone is just fucking copying everyone."
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Boris Bidjan Saberi
Designer
"Our day-by-day is an evolution in the niche we are born to."
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Cali Thornhill DeWitt & Brendan Fowler
Co-founders of Some Ware
"Things are all about interaction and talking to each other. If you’re steady on that kind of thing and investigative of culture, and meet like-minded people, that’s how the conversation starts and continues."
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Carlo Rivetti
CEO of SPW & Creative Director of Stone Island
"Streetwear is a cultural phenomenon that is here to stay. You had an aesthetic revolution starting from the feet, a desperate drive for guys to look cool, a strive to belong, the rise of new medias speaking to transnational and trans-ethnical communities."
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Chris Gibbs
Owner of Union Los Angeles
"Everything goes in cycles. Right now streetwear is king."
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Craig Green
Designer
"I think it is important not to rest on your laurels, to always keep pushing and moving things forward."
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Daniel Arsham
Artist and Co-founder of Snarkitecture
"You know, I’m constantly trying to make things I want to see exist in the world and I figure, hopefully, if I want to see them exist, other people may want to as well."
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Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne
Co-founders of Public School
"I think, we all, whether you’re a designer or you’re an athlete or whoever you are, have the social responsibility to speak out when things aren’t right or when you see imbalances or injustices."
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Francesco Ragazzi
Founder of Palm Angels and Artistic Director of Moncler
"It’s a very uncertain time which is positive because there are no rules to follow and only the brave will make it through."
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Gosha Rubchinskiy
Designer
"I think a brand’s history shapes who they are. It is very important to both know where you come from and understand the present."
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Guillermo Andrade
Head of Design at 424
"As long as I can remember I have always felt more aligned with a rebellious attitude and outlook on life. If I see shit I don't understand I ask questions."
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Heron Preston
Designer
"I question how many of us in the industry actually care and want to reduce the impact our actions are doing to the environment."
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Hiroshi Fujiwara
Designer
"I feel ups and downs around the fashion industry, but not really around me."
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Imran Ciesay & Solomon Boyede
Co-founders of Places + Faces
"Fashion is just another form of artistic freedom which solely reflects an individual’s mind state."
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Jeff Staple
Founder of Staple Design
"2017 marked the 20th anniversary for Staple! That shit boggles my mind. I printed the first Staple shirt in 1997."
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Jerry Lorenzo
Designer
"I’m learning how to tell my story and stay within the parameters of what my design language is."
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Jo Sindle & Kyle Stewart
Co-founders of Goodhood
"I think Goodhood has become a real destination for likeminded people in London. When we started this community was small and niche; avid shoppers would come and find us on our back street to see gear you couldn't find elsewhere in London"
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Joerg Koch
Founder of 032C and Editor-in-Chief of SSENSE
"I think the fashion industry is in a similar state as the publishing industry with legacy media brands. They all fear about losing relevancy with new generations and it is a productive challenge for the establishment as well as for those who come up questioning the system."
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Kris Van Assche
Artistic Director of Dior Homme
"I am surprised to see to what extent some brands have ‘slowed down’ on their menswear collections. It feels like a “turn back in time” where menswear was considered an accessory to the bigger women’s collections."
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Luca Benini
Founder of Slam Jam
"I’ve always picked labels I could relate to. All felt true and with a genuine identity. That was pretty natural and still made me learn a lot of things."
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Luke Meier
Co-founder of OAMC and Co-Creative Director of Jil Sander
"The biggest issues to me are the way that people, artists and designers communicate. How do people present the work? How can different media be used to create the right mood or convey the correct message?"
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Martine Rose
Designer
"I feel that the industry will keep on growing and with this comes a greater responsibility towards how and where samples are produced."
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Masaaki Homma
Founder of mastermind JAPAN
"I don’t really pay attention to how other streetwear brands are doing, but just focusing on continuing to produce things ourselves. I think the industry will continue to flourish if everyone continues to produce goods well."
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Matthew Williams
Designer
"Being able to learn what feels right to you through the act of doing is what I’ve been doing these past three years."
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Mitsuhiro Kubo
Owner and Creative Director of GR8
"I strongly feel that the status of so-called “streetwear” has been raised in the industry, and actually the boundaries of the category are getting less and less at the same time."
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Nick Knight
Photographer and Founder of SHOWstudio.com
"You have a very free audience out there, people are allowed to express their opinions on what you do and are encouraged to do so. It’s a lot freer at the moment and a lot more exciting than what it was 20 years ago."
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OHHYUK
Musician
"I don’t think any artist could ever be satisfied. As long as you have the thirst for something new, you’ll run into challenges someday."
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Olga Karput
Founder of KM20
"These conventional borders are becoming more blurred, like the whole class system. We live in the beginning of a new era—a streetwear era in fashion."
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Ronnie Fieg
Founder and Creative Director of KITH
"I always say this whenever I can: I think it’s very important to start at the very bottom of whatever business you want to do, learn the business from the bottom up, and understand the way the business works."
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Ryo Kashiwazaki
Shoemaker and Founder of Hender Scheme
"Streetwear will stick to what they want to do and not necessarily be affected by situations or times. I've been placing myself in the middle where I can alternate between fashion and product design."
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Samuel Ross
Founder of A-COLD-WALL*
"What I want people to see is the overhanging architectural mood of Britain and London insinuated through the garments and color palettes and narratives that I write."
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Takashi Murakami
Artist
"As you all may already know, I am not a person that understands and enjoys fashion."
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Tatsuhiko Akashi
Founder and CEO of MEDICOM TOY Corporation
"Regarding the long-term future of the company, I really hope that we can continue to provide creative hubs from which young artists can connect with others and propel themselves."
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Teddy Santis
Founder of Aimé Leon Dore
"You learn to work very hard in New York, and from a very young age. If you’re not going 150mph on a day to day, you get left behind quickly—no matter what you’re doing..."
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Tremaine Emory & Acyde
Co-founders of No Vacancy Inn
"The only things I had to come out the other side from was real life issues. What I learned from those was that you can do anything with a positive mind frame, intelligence, a sense of humor, a sense of humanity, hard work, and a partner like Acyde and all others that support me"
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