Frontrvnners | Rising Stars

Frontrvnners | Rising Stars

Frontrvnners entered our radar in 2016 as a start-up brand which seemed to be better thought-out than the other streetwear concepts setting up at the time. Through constant dedication, the team have built an international following from their unusual base in Vancouver. Their recent acclaim may appear to be indicative of "overnight success", however the Frontrvnners story reveals how easily the brand may have ended with a whimper on more than one occasion. I spoke with Joshua to hear about his tireless journey.

Bowlcut | Rising Stars

Bowlcut | Rising Stars

Bowlcut emerged in 2016 with a bang... And consistently followed up with bootleg-banger after banger. Their market-stall chic, combined with witty brandjacking established Bowlcut as a leader in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market. I caught the owners at a pop-up event, and later spoke with half of the creative duo known as "J & A" to get an insider's view of their operation.

Twelvepieces | Rising Stars

Twelvepieces | Rising Stars

I first encountered Twelvepieces.dk in the summer of 2016 when the site was bare, save for "TWELVEPIECES" text as a placeholder. Amir seemed pretty sure at the time that he was about to launch a brand a cut above the rest. However, each month I checked the website for an update, I was greeted by the same placeholder text from the previous month. This was until January 2017, when Amir finally unveiled his opus. Since then, in less than twelve months, his reputation has transformed from that of unknown to revelation. I caught up with Amir to discuss his perspective on Twelvepieces' meteoric rise.

HERESY A/W 17 Lookbook

HERESY releases its A/W 17 Lookbook with the addition of new items and re-stocking of classic pieces. The London based brand dwells within fields of sculptures, self-published zines and sick lot of clothing, all driven by mysticism and folklore. We find their masked-men creatures and motifs both dark and refreshing. 

Kochetkov | Rising Stars

Kochetkov | Rising Stars

While on a trip to Taipei I wanted to discover what the local scene had to offer. I searched numerous obscure online forums, but only seemed to find references to brands all-too-common. This was until I chanced upon a post describing a local brand run by a non-local. I delved deeper to investigate, and the conclusion was a pleasant surprise: a streetwear brand helmed by a female, producing womenswear exclusively. 

Hi On Life | Rising Stars

Hi On Life | Rising Stars

I want my clients to feel proud, powerful, and edgy in my clothing. When people wear it for photoshoots - I think even when I wear it myself – I can see how people grow and glow in a way. A lot of pieces have this kind of royal aura that you feel; you feel quite powerful with the material and everything, so I think that’s the, yeah…it’s like, "look at me, I’m wearing something that is good-looking, and it’s made with a lot of love". We have joy in the studio every day, and Rex is singing, and kids around the neighbourhood are coming and dancing. There’s a lot of happiness and life that is given to each creation.

Riot Division | Rising Stars

Riot Division | Rising Stars

Our brand is for those engaging in a kind of social riot. Not necessarily demonstrators, but for those who don’t look at the city like a typical person – typical being someone who simply gets up in the morning, takes a bus or a metro to work, and just sits in the office. Our brand is for those who use the entire city landscape as their domain, and can work in different parts of it; for those who aren’t rooted to one location for the whole day. Those who are creative, and need clothes with maximum functionality, but which don’t also look touristy or “military-inspired”. That’s why our riot has a different meaning – we are about stepping away from the mundane routine, trying to do something interesting.

Dichino Clothing | Rising Stars

Dichino Clothing | Rising Stars

It was only when I took my earphones out that I realised the slight tremors I could feel through my feet were resonating from the car Dieu had parked across the road.

I could hear UK drill music thundering from the vehicle and, after introducing myself to my hosts, sat in the back while I was driven to the location for our interview – the Westwood Crib Session continuing at full blast.