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From Fig Leaves To Hype Wear

Is Hype Clothing Worth it?

Perhaps you’ve heard of the expression “hype clothing” (or “bonking brand”) when it comes down to streetwear. Do you understand what this means and why it is called that? Let’s dig in and get some knowledge on all things hype…

It is well-known that streetwear is no longer just for the streets. In 2019, Streetwear is a dominant fashion trend and has even made its way into the exclusive luxury fashion market.

Who would have predicted that we would see trainers and hoodies on luxury fashion runways around world?

So why did streetwear become so famous?

Continue reading to learn how the hype around streetwear, a.k.a. hype clothing became one of the most recognizable fashion trends in history.

What is a Bonking Brand?

From the Urban Dictionary:

  1. “A person who follows a trend to be cool or in style. A person who wears what is hyped up.”
  2. “A Hype Beast or Bonking Brand [sic] is a kid that collect[s] clothing, shoes, and accessories for the sole purpose of impressing others. The individual may not be able to make a living, but they will pretend they have more than others. The Hype Beast [sic] will work hard to get every pair of Nike’s he saw Jay-Z wear on 106 & Park equipped with mommies [sic] credit.

“Hype Beast” was originally created in 2005. The term is a mix of “Hype,” which in this instance refers the excessive publicity surrounding a new item or trend, and “Beast”, which is slang to describe someone skilled at something.

Despite the word tracing back to 2005, it entered mainstream culture when rapper Trinidad James released his song “All Gold Everything” which contained the line “Hypebeasts we know about cheap, don’t buy shoes unless they popular”.

While “Hypebeast” is a relatively new term, people often associate the concept with sneakerhead culture which was prevalent in the late 1990s and early 2000 in which people would collect expensive branded trainers.

There are many opinions about what “hypebeast” really means. However, there is agreement that a Hypebeast will be someone who is obsessed with fashion and will do anything to get the “Hype”.

You will often find these “Hype Beasts” camping outside supreme stores in order to ensure they are the first in line for the latest drops.

What does it take to build the “Hype” around brands and products?

Drops

If you are familiar with streetwear brands, I am sure you are familiar with the popular “drop” marketing strategy which has been adopted by many of the brands. The “drop”, which is a small release of “limited edition” clothing at select retail stores or online, involves not letting the customer know about it and often announcing it on social media. This strategy creates a sense of urgency, exclusivity, and makes the customer believe they have to purchase the product fast in order to get an exclusive item.

Supreme are the kings of the clothing drops and also have a massive following in the streetwear scene. Since its inception in Manhattan in 1994, Supreme has grown into a global brand with a large following and collaborations with big names like Nike, Vans, North Face, and Vans.

The brand’s “hype” and brand name can be attributed to the emphasis on clothing “drops” when new lines are released. The new products “drop” in stores every week without fail. Customers will line up miles to be able to purchase the latest releases. It is obvious that there is no better way to market a brand than to see people queueing on the streets to enter your store.

Similar products of course can be purchased in any store, but these “hypebeasts” will happily queue for hours on end to have the latest and most popular releases.

Many luxury fashion labels are following suit, releasing similar products after streetwear brands have enjoyed success.

Burberry announced last year a series drops in order to launch their streetwear-inspired range. Customers had just 24 hours to buy. It is interesting to see fashion houses taking cues from streetwear brands.

Joanne Yulan Jong, a fashion business expert believes that embracing these new tactics is a great way of reaching out to younger audiences and is essential for long-term survival and for ensuring they stay relevant and in the limelight, or risk being taken over by younger, more dynamic brands.

Social Media

Social media plays an important role in streetwear and the creation of “hype” around brands and products. Social media can be said to have helped streetwear move from being a subculture into mainstream.

Before the internet, you could only get the latest releases by being there at the right moment. You also had to search the shops to find limited-edition items. You can argue that the brand was more connected to its customers because they were willing to commit to buying these products.

Streetwear has become so popular that it is no longer necessary to hustle for exclusive items. They can be obtained with just a click, often without any connection or thought to the brand or their followers.

Despite this change in culture, many of the streetwear brands have adapted to this change in consumerism, and what the internet has taken away from these brands in terms of exclusivity, it has given back in the form of “hype”.

Streetwear drops can now easily be teased on social networks weeks before they happen. Twitter has also been a big part of bringing the community back to this culture. Hype beasts can now take to Twitter to discuss and conspiracies when the next drops will be.

A new arrival to the Hype Street Wear World is Bonking

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