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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 emcompasses the innovators creating simplified worlds through accessbile 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 2014, we saw the continual give-and-take game being played between the worlds of street and high fashion, while the wearable tech industry has become the forerunner in the future of style. Nestled in the middle, is an emerging crop of brands blending functionality with sophistication. 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 The 2014 HYPEBEAST Hundred.

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Adrianne Ho
Adrianne Ho
Model/Designer
Alexander Wang
Alexander Wang
Founder and Creative Director of Alexander Wang and Creative Director of Balenciaga
Banksy
Banksy
Artist
Ben Clymer
Ben Clymer
Founder and Executive Editor of HODINKEE
Benji Wagner
Benji Wagner
Founder and Creative Director at Poler Camping Stuff
Bobby & Ben Hundreds
Bobby & Ben Hundreds
Co-Founders of The Hundreds
Chitose Abe
Chitose Abe
Founder and Creative Director of sacai
Chris Kyvetos
Chris Kyvetos
Founder and Creative Director of Sneakerboy
Chris Stamp
Chris Stamp
Founder of Stampd LA
Christopher Raeburn
Christopher Raeburn
Artistic Director of Victorinox, Founder and Designer of Christopher Raeburn
Christopher Shannon
Christopher Shannon
Fashion Designer
Craig Atkinson
Craig Atkinson
CEO of CYC Design Corporation and Founder of wings+horns
Daniel Arsham
Daniel Arsham
Artist
Drake
Drake
Musician
Eddie Cruz and James Bond - Founders of Undefeated
Eddie Cruz and James Bond - Founders of Undefeated
Co-founder of Undefeated
Edison Chen & Kevin Poon
Edison Chen & Kevin Poon
Co-founders of CLOT
Eiichiro Homma
Eiichiro Homma
Founder of nanamica/Creative Director of THE NORTH FACE PURPLE LABEL
Erik Fagerlind & Peter Jansson
Erik Fagerlind & Peter Jansson
Owners of Sneakersnstuff
Errolson Hugh
Errolson Hugh
Co-Founder of Acronym
Gee Schmidt & Edson Sabajo
Gee Schmidt & Edson Sabajo
Founders of Patta
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Gosha Rubchinskiy
Fashion Designer/Photographer
Greg Lutze & Joel Flory
Greg Lutze & Joel Flory
Founders of VSCO
Guillaume Philibert
Guillaume Philibert
Founder of Filling Pieces
Hannes and Simon Hogeman
Hannes and Simon Hogeman
Founders of Tres Bien
Hedi Slimane
Hedi Slimane
Creative Director of Saint Laurent
Hiroki Nakamura
Hiroki Nakamura
Designer and Founder of visvim
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Founder and Creative Director of fragment design
Humberto Leon & Carol Lim
Humberto Leon & Carol Lim
Creative Directors of KENZO/Co-founders of Opening Ceremony
Ian Paley
Ian Paley
Founder of Garbstore
Imran Amed
Imran Amed
Founder of Business of Fashion
Italo Zucchelli
Italo Zucchelli
Men’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein
Ja Tecson
Ja Tecson
Photographer
James Jebbia
James Jebbia
Founder of Supreme
Jamie and Lyndon Cormack
Jamie and Lyndon Cormack
Co-founders of Herschel Supply Co.
Jason M. Angsuvarn
Jason M. Angsuvarn
Founder of Jason Markk
Jasper Wong
Jasper Wong
Founder of POW! WOW!
Jean Touitou
Jean Touitou
Founder of A.P.C.
Jeffstaple
Jeffstaple
Founder of Reed Space/Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design
Jey Perie
Jey Perie
Creative Director of Kinfolk and ‘94 Wythe
John Parker & Christiaan Ashworth
John Parker & Christiaan Ashworth
Founders of END. Clothing
Jon Buscemi
Jon Buscemi
Founder of Buscemi and The Greats Brand
Jonathan Ive
Jonathan Ive
Senior VP of Design at Apple
Jun Takahashi
Jun Takahashi
Founder of UNDERCOVER
Kanye West
Kanye West
Artist/Fashion Designer
KAWS
KAWS
Artist
Kelly Sawdon
Kelly Sawdon
Chief Brand Officer of Ace Hotel
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
Musician
Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant
Athlete
Leah McSweeney
Leah McSweeney
Founder of Married to the Mob
Lev Tanju
Lev Tanju
Founder of Palace Skateboards
Luke Meier
Luke Meier
Creative Director of OAMC
Marc Daniels and Rick Hendry
Marc Daniels and Rick Hendry
Co-founders of ISAORA
Marc Newson
Marc Newson
Industrial Designer
Marcelo Burlon
Marcelo Burlon
DJ/Public Relations Specialist/Stylist/Fashion Designer
Mark Parker
Mark Parker
CEO of Nike
Masafumi Watanabe
Masafumi Watanabe
Founder of BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS
Michael Huynh
Michael Huynh
Founder of Publish Brand
Michael “MEGA” Yabut
Michael “MEGA” Yabut
Co-Founder of Black Scale
Mike Cherman
Mike Cherman
Founder and Creative Director of ICNY
Mike Packer
Mike Packer
Owner of Packer Shoes and Executive VP of Ewing Athletics
Nathan Williams
Nathan Williams
Co-founder and Editor in Chief of Kinfolk Magazine
Nic Galway
Nic Galway
adidas Vice President of Global Design
NIGO
NIGO
Designer/Founder of Human Made/Creative Director of Uniqlo UT
Oliver Mak, Jay Gordon & Dan Natola
Oliver Mak, Jay Gordon & Dan Natola
Owners of Bodega
Olivia Kim
Olivia Kim
Director of Creative Projects at Nordstrom
Pete Williams
Pete Williams
Editor-in-Chief at Highsnobiety, CEO & Founder of Raised by Wolves
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
Musician/Designer
Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim
Founder of 3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip T. Annand
Phillip T. Annand
Founder of The Madbury Club
Poggy
Poggy
Creative Director of UNITED ARROWS & SONS
Pontus Alv
Pontus Alv
Founder of Polar Skate
Raf Simons
Raf Simons
Creative Director of Christian Dior and Raf Simons
Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
Rei Kawakubo and Adrian Joffe
Founder and President of Comme des Garcons
Riccardo Tisci
Riccardo Tisci
Creative Director of Givenchy
Richard Liu
Richard Liu
Founder of DSPTCH
Rick Owens
Rick Owens
Designer
Ronnie Fieg
Ronnie Fieg
Founder of Kith
Rosa Park
Rosa Park
Founder and Editor of Cereal Magazine
Ryan Babenzien
Ryan Babenzien
Co-Founder of GREATS
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Ryo Kashiwazaki
Founder and Creative Director of Hender Scheme
Samantha Jo Alonso
Samantha Jo Alonso
Founder of MissionI’mPOSSIBLE/Co-founder of Fruition
Sham Kar Wai
Sham Kar Wai
Founder of I.T
Shawn Yue
Shawn Yue
Founder of COMMON SENSE and MADNESS
Shayne Oliver
Shayne Oliver
Founder of Hood By Air
Shinsuke Takizawa
Shinsuke Takizawa
Founder of NEIGHBORHOOD
Sk8thing & Toby Feltwell
Sk8thing & Toby Feltwell
Founders of C.E
Sophia Chang
Sophia Chang
Artist
Stephane Ashpool
Stephane Ashpool
Designer and Founder of Pigalle
Tadashi Yanai
Tadashi Yanai
Founder and President of Fast Retailing
Tetsu Nishiyama
Tetsu Nishiyama
Co-founder of WTAPS
Theophilus London
Theophilus London
Rapper/Designer/Producer
Thom Browne
Thom Browne
Designer
Travi$ Scott
Travi$ Scott
Rapper/Producer
Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister
Tyler Clemens and Abe Burmeister
Co-founders of Outlier
Valentin Ozich
Valentin Ozich
Founder of I Love Ugly
Van Styles
Van Styles
Photographer and Founder of V/SUAL
VERBAL & YOON
VERBAL & YOON
Founders of Ambush
Virgil Abloh
Virgil Abloh
Founder of OFF-WHITE
Yohji Yamamoto
Yohji Yamamoto
Designer and Creative Director of Y-3
Yosuke Aizawa
Yosuke Aizawa
Founder and Creative Director of White Mountaineering
 
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