5 Affordable Streetwear Brands That Should Be On Your Radar
Who said streetwear had to break the bank?
We take a look at a selection of affordable streetwear brands that won’t break the bank (too much) when compared to some of the more luxury labels.
Let’s face it, if you’ve been following the streetwear scene over the last 5 years or so things have started to get a little bit pricey. Brands like Supreme have pioneered streetwears’ shift into the luxury market with hyped releases and collaborations. With a lot buyers now focusing on resale values as oppose to wearing the products themselves, the streetwear game has changed dramatically over the last 5 years. This resale economy has pushed up the prices of streetwear even more. Streetwear was never really suppose to break the bank. In its stripped down form streetwear is literally what is sounds like, apparel you would wear on the streets. It’s connection to hip hop & skate culture is obviously huge however this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to break the bank to get the latest streetwear releases. In this feature we take a look at a selection of more affordable streetwear brands from across the globe. By affordable we mean under £100 for the majority of items like sweatshirts, tees & hoodies. Just remember streetwear doesn’t necessarily have to be super expensive, it’s how you style it.
When you think of Carhartt you automatically think of Hubert from La Haine, Cheddar Bob from 8 Mile & the many members of the Wu Tang Clan. 90s hip hop, skate culture & classic workwear straight out of Detroit is Carhartt WIP in a nutshell. The original workwear brand has a lot more heritage that just kitting out blue collar workers with overalls and dungarees. 1994 saw the formation of Carhartt WIP (Work in Progress) which saw the brand take a more “streetwear” focused direction. Carhartt’s duck camo has become a staple print on the streetwear scene alongside classic chore jackets, chinos & a massive range of functional accessories from camping chairs to cross body bags. You can pick up a Carhartt graphic t-shirt for around £45, a basic hoody for around £75 and a basic sweatshirt for around £65 making it one of our top affordable streetwear brands.
Champion’s streetwear connections goes back to the OG East Coast hip hop days of the 90s as famously worn by the likes of the Wu Tang Clan & Jay Z to name a few. The brands’ highly respected “Reverse Weave” has become like a badge of honour for those in the know. Founded by the Feinbloom brothers back in 1919 as the ‘Knickerbocker Knitting Company’, Champion has kitted out everyone from the US Military Academy to highly profiled NBA stars. Their ongoing collaborations with Supreme has cemented the Champion brand as a staple streetwear brand with full ranges of classic sweatshirts, hoodies, joggers & tees all utilising their world renowned ‘Reverse Weave’ cotton fabrics. The great thing about Champion is its price point. Not only are you literally getting some of the best quality sweats money can buy, you’re also getting a piece of East Coast hip hop history. Pump up the volume on 36 Chambers whilst wearing a Champion hoody and you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Also did we mention you can pick up a Reverse Weave Classic Hoody for £80? Believe us when we say they are well worth it.
Daily Paper was founded in 2012 by 3 friends (Hussein, Jefferson and Abderrahmane). Starting out as an online blog, the streetwear brand emerged through their shared love for music, art, fashion, and culture. Daily Paper is an Amsterdam streetwear brand that is fuelled by the rich heritage of African culture as well as Amsterdam’s very own homegrown hip hop scene. With flagship stores in New York, Amsterdam & London, the Dutch born brand combines their African inspired heritage with contemporary designs to form a unique and eye-catching aesthetic, like no other. The result is a collection of minimalistic designs on products which feature traditional patterns or pastel colours. A signature pallet offering a timeless look. Boasting bold & colourful prints across everything from bucket hats to holiday shirts, Daily Paper is a must have streetwear brand for those looking for a bit of a bargain. You can pick up a Daily Paper sweatshirt for £75, a logo hoody for £85 or a graphic t-shirt for £45.
Next up its Stussy, who are pretty much as OG as you can get when it comes to streetwear. The great thing about Stussy is they have always stuck to their price points, offering their iconic script logo across everything from staple sweats to “in your face” holiday shirts. Founded by Shaun Stussy back in the early 1980s it was literally a story of Shaun scribbling his surname on surfboards which soon evolved to t-shirts. The Stussy logo has become synonymous to the streetwear scene with the Californian based streetwear label previously collaborating with everyone from Nike to New Balance. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant West Coast surf & skate scene, Stussy’s price points come in slightly higher than some of the brands already mentioned, although not that much more, with logo sweatshirts going for around £110, hoodies £125 and graphic tees around £45. Some of the highlights from their latest collection includes dice print casual shirts, beach pants & floral dye work jackets.
Finally another Dutch based streetwear brand that makes the affordable streetwear brands list is By Parra. Known for their signature bright colours & vibrant graphics, By Parra is the brain child of Pieter ‘Parra’ Janssen who is an artist, clothing designer & pro skateboarder from Amsterdam. Janssen started designing back in the early 90s which then led to working with the likes of Nike & Patta on the highly sought after Nike Air Max 1 ‘Cherrywood’ from 2010. By Parra now offers its own unique collections which are come in at the more affordable price points. Some of the highlights from the latest By Parra collection includes 5 panel running caps for £50, bucket hats for £45, college crew sweatshirts for £85 & graphic tees for £45. There’s also a collection of collectible accessories such as water bottles & wool blankets, great if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd.
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