10 May A Cutting Edge: Skateboarding & Fashion
With the relaunch of ‘Thrasher’ magazine, a leading opinion force in skateboarding culture, we feel compelled to talk about how the world of skateboarding has shaped the fashion industry.
Skateboarding is an expressive sport, challenging balance, strength, stamina and (most importantly) creativity. Skills on the board show a flair and a flow that is not unlike fashion that really ‘works’. This mentality led many skateboarders to express their creative skills in other industries too, and no more so than in fashion. Street-wear has evolved with leading brands taking inspiration from the skateboarding community. Great examples are Supreme, Stussy and Bathing Ape. Furthermore, now, as women have gained recognition in this sport, important new voices have been added to impact street wear. Hence, Anti social, Social Club, Gosha Rubchinsky, and Off White have all made special collections solely for women. Then, leading women in fashion such as Linda Nguyen, founder of Love+Made, have been inspired by this culture, helping to make unique contributions to skateboard wear. Last but not least there are also brands that exclusively sell women’s Street Wear such as Brashy studios, Rue-L, and Mademe. They are ALL worth checking out!
Then, if you rock the bigger brands Vans and Adidas make clothing very much in the skateboarding vein. These classic must-haves are slick in design, iconic, and practical. The go-to Vans shoe for youth culture has got to be the classic skateboarder’s slip-on with a rubber cap specifically made for protecting the toes when grinding that grip-tape! Finally, the sk8-his are a very popular choice with added protection to the ankle and back heel.
So, whether you cruise on the ‘boards or are merely inspired by the creative culture that is skateboarding you are spoiled for choice in expressing yourself with this casual and fun fashion.