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From Fig Leaves To Hype Wear

Is Hype Clothing Worth It?

In streetwear, you might have heard the terms “hype clothing”, or “bonking brand”. You may have heard the term “hype clothing” or “bonking brand” used to describe streetwear. But what do you know about it? Let’s dig in and get some knowledge on all things hype…

It is no secret that streetwear in 2019 will not be limited to the streets. Instead, it will dominate the fashion world.

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

So, how has streetwear grown to be so popular and from where?

Continue reading to discover how the Hype Around Streetwear, also known as hype clothing, became one of fashion’s most beloved trends.

What is Bonking Brand?

From the Urban Dictionary:

  1. “A person following a trend to keep up with fashion or cool. 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. Although the individual may not have a dime to their name, they like to front like they are making far more then everybody 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 is a term that can be traced back in 2005. It was created as a mixture of the two words Hype (which refers in this instance to the extravagant publicity surrounding a brand new item of clothing) and Beast (which is slang term for someone who is skilled at something.

Although the term dates back to 2005, it became mainstream culture when Trinidad James’ song “All Gold Everything” featured the line “Hypebeasts that we know about cheap, don’t buy shoes unless you 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 opinions on the meaning of the term “hypebeast”, it is agreed that the Hypebeast is someone who obsesses about fashion trends and wants to impress others.

These “Hype Beasts”, who are often found outside supreme shops, will be there to make sure they get 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. These products are usually released in small quantities at select retail locations or online. They are often not announced and often unannounced on social media. This strategy works to create a sense of urgency and exclusivity and leads the customer to believe that they must purchase the product quickly, in order to own an exclusive and limited edition item.

Supreme is the king of streetwear and has a huge following. 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 “hype” which surrounds the brand and the brand name can be linked back to their focus on clothing “drops” when releasing new lines. Customers will queue for hours to obtain the new releases every week when they “drop” in their stores.

Similar products can be bought at any store. However, the “hypebeasts”, will happily wait for hours in line to obtain the latest and most sought-after releases.

Luxury fashion labels are now following the footsteps of streetwear brands and releasing their products in similar ways to these success stories.

Burberry released a series last year to promote their streetwear collection. Customers were given just 24 hours to order. It is fascinating to see top-end fashion houses taking inspirations from Streetwear businesses.

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. It can be argued that social media is in fact what took streetwear from a subculture to the mainstream.

Before the internet, the only way to get your hands on the latest releases was being in the right place at the right time, and searching 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.

The rise of streetwear via social media means that hypebeasts don’t have to hustle for the latest limited edition items. It is possible to often get them at the click of one button with little to no connection to the brand and 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 now been teased on social media several weeks ahead of the official date. Twitter also plays a large part in bringing back that community element. Twitter is now a place for hype beasts to share their theories and conspiracies about the next drop.

A new arrival to the Hype Street Wear World is Bonking

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