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From Fig Leaves To Hype Wear

Is Hype Clothing Worth the Hype?

When it comes to streetwear, you may have heard the terms “hype clothing” or even “bonking brand”. It’s common to hear the terms “hype clothing” and “bonking brand” when it comes to streetwear. Let’s dive in and find out all about hype…

It’s well-known that Streetwear in 2019 isn’t just for the streets. Streetwear is also dominating the fashion industry and even making its mark in the luxury market.

Who would have thought that we would be seeing hoodies and trainers dominating the luxury fashion runways across the world?

So how did streetwear become so fashionable?

Keep reading to see how the Hype about streetwear, also known by hype clothing, has become one of the most loved fashion trends in the history of fashion.

What is Bonking Brand anyway?

From the Urban Dictionary:

  1. “A person who follows the latest trend to be fashionable or trendy.” 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 have any money, but they still like to appear to be making more than everyone else. Equipped with mommies [sic] credit card, the Hype Beast [sic] will try his hardest to make sure he has every pair of Nike’s [sic] he saw Jay-Z wearing on 106 & Park.”

The term “Hype Beast”  or “Bonking Brand” can be traced back to 2005 when the term was coined as a blend of the two words “Hype” (which in this instance refers to the extravagant publicity around a new item of clothing or a trend), and “Beast” which is slang for a person who is skilled at something, in this case a person who is skilled at keeping up with the latest fashion trends.

It was popularized by Trinidad James’ 2005 song “All Gold Everything”, which included the line “Hypebeasts I know about cheap, don’t purchase shoes unless these are 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.

Although there are many differing definitions of what “hypebeast,” it is generally agreed that Hypebeasts are people who keep up with the latest fashion trends to impress friends. They are also obsessed with the latest releases and will do whatever it takes to attain 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 is the “Hype”, built around brands?

Drops

Streetwear brands are well-known for their “drop” marketing strategy. Many of them have adopted it. This process involves releasing limited edition clothing in limited quantities at certain retail locations and online. These products are often announced via social media. This strategy is designed to make customers feel like they need to act quickly to secure a limited edition product.

Supreme are the kings and queens of streetwear. Established in 1994 in downtown Manhattan, the brand has come a long way since, amounting a mass cult following around the world and even collaborating with some massive names such as Nike, Vans and North Face.

The brand name and brand hype can be linked to the clothing “drops”, which are when new products are released. Customers will queue for hours to obtain the new releases every week when they “drop” in their stores.

Similar products are available in many stores. But these “hypebeasts”, while they may not be able to buy the latest and most popular, will happily line up for hours just to get them.

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

Burberry launched a series to introduce their new streetwear range last year. Customers could purchase the drops within 24 hours. It is certainly interesting to see high end fashion houses taking inspiration from Streetwear companies and it raises the question as to what the future holds for clothing releases and if these “drops” will evolve.

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

The streetwear scene is also heavily influenced by social media and the “hype” created around brands. It’s possible to argue that social media is what made streetwear 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.

With the rise of streetwear on social media, it means hypebeasts no longer have to hustle to get their hands on the latest and most limited edition items, it can often be done at the click of a button, with little thought or connection to the brand or their community.

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 be teased via social media for weeks or months ahead of the actual drop date. Twitter is also a key part of bringing back this community element. Twitter can now be used by hype beasts for discussing and conspiracies concerning the next drops.

A new arrival to the Hype Street Wear World is Bonking

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