28 Gifts for the Aspiring Hypebeast
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Hypebeasts have gotten a bad rap. Often used to describe someone in a derogative manner, it’s a word that has strayed from its initial meaning. While now it’s thrown around in regards to someone with poor taste, a person that obnoxiously announces every article of clothing they’re wearing, the most simple definition is someone who is enthusiastic about clothing, shoes (especially sneakers) and fashion in general.
Yes, there are those cringe-inducing individuals who wear certain brands just so they can flex or resell pieces at ludicrous prices. But there are the hypebeasts, the real hypebeasts, who are simply interested and excited by fashion for fashion’s sake. It’s these people to which the moniker belongs and who represent what the culture surrounding the word is really meant to be about.
So if you think you know someone who might harbor a desire to be a hypebeast or has expressed an interest in streetwear, don’t discourage them but instead help them foster this new interest. Besides, it’s not just about clothes and sneakers but the various cultures and people that have inspired streetwear and by extension the pieces it’s produced. If anything, what you’ll end up gaining is a vastly better dressed friend, brother, etc.
Below are 20 items perfect for the hypebeast-in-training, from the requisite Supreme piece to Air Jordan 1s and museum-designed hoodies.
The Incomplete Highsnobiety Guide to Street Fashion and Culture
If you’re committed to being a hypebeast, then at the very least you should brush up on the history, influences and designers that have shaped the culture as we know it. Not only does this guide from Highsnobiety make for a nice addition to one’s coffee book collection, it details the phenomenon of street fashion, from the 90s to now and offers plenty of inspiration courtesy of the street style snaps (from Japan, the U.S. and Europe) included.
Dickies Corduroy Double Knee Pant
Workwear brands like Dickies have long been favored among the streetwear community for the loose silhouettes they provide, often in durable fabrics. But now that the brand has courted the attention of those not looking strictly for functionality but style, too, the brand has ventured to create new iterations of their classic styles. Take these Dickies pants, which keep the familiar relaxed fit and workwear details like reinforced knee patches, yet offered in a deep copper corduroy.
Veja x Rick Owens V-Knit
Any true hypebeast knows the name Rick Owens — he’s one of the most legendary designers in the history of clothing. Problem is, his designs trend toward the … avant garde, let’s say, and thus aren’t super accessible to the average bloke. Enter this collab with sustainable Brazilian shoe concern Veja (whose classic court shoes we regularly extol the virtues of), a knit high-top runner that’s easily paired with a pair of joggers and a tee or hoodie for a low-key “fashun” punch-up to a casual ensemble.
Alpha Industries MA-1 Reversible Camouflage Bomber Jacket
A solid bomber jacket is a virtually idiot-proof outerwear staple that looks great on just about everybody, and Alpha Industries wrote the book on them (the brand pioneered the style back in the ‘50s for the Air Force). Add a dose of camo, and said bomber becomes a swaggy statement piece that nevertheless retains its overall accessibility. And when the wearer gets comfortable enough to really swing for the sartorial bleachers, he/she can flip this reversible sucker inside out and flash some in-your-face Hunter Orange.
Clarks x Aimé Leon Dore Wallabee
The Clarks Wallabee has long been established as an iconic shoe, so now it’s time to have a little fun with it. Keeping the classic silhouette, Aimé Leon Dore’s take on the shoe renders the upper (typically suede or waxed leather) in a rich green shade of Casentino wool, a visibly nubby fabric, finished off with subtle suede detailing around the ankle and toe.
Stüssy Stock Bucket Hat
Sure, beanies are great and all, but it’s time to step outside of your comfort zone and push the envelope just a little bit. Consider the bucket hat, a less ubiquitous style than the beanie, but one that helps an otherwise basic outfit stand out from the rest.
The Skateroom x Peanuts by FriendsWithYou Printed Wooden Skateboard
More often than not, hypebeasts are also skaters, or at least they pretend to be. So even if the streetwear enthusiast you’re shopping for has yet to attempt a kickflip, or even owns a skateboard for that matter, he’ll still appreciate this deck designed by the art collective FriendsWithYou, which makes for the perfect addition to one’s home.
Le Tigre Lincoln Hoodie + Joggers
Recently re-emerged onto the streetwear scene, Le Tigre has throwback swag — they were logo-checked by none other than the legendary Biggie Smalls, after all. And while the lion’s (er, tiger’s?) share of their offering is for the more sartorially adventurous, this red/grey/navy sweat suit is subdued enough for the regular fella while still supplying ample street cred.
Adidas x Jonah Hill Samba
Jonah Hill has garnered the attention and admiration of many a hypebeast in recent years, due in large part to his own streetwear skewed style, as well as his directing debut Mid90s. Now we’re all one step closer to emulating Hill’s style thanks to his ongoing collaboration with Adidas, the latest result of which are these burnt sienna Sambas. Details like the graffiti-esque embroidery on the side and Hill’s initials on the back lend the shoes a DIY-feel, so they don’t appear too pristine.
A.P.C. Protection Camera Bag
Chances are you’ll be able to spot at least five crossbodies, fanny packs, hip bags, or similar accessories while looking at streetstyle photos. What exactly are all these streetwear celebs are carrying in there? Who knows! What we do know though is that these lil guys make for a handsome (and functional) accessory, so you can finally stop carrying your bulky wallet in your pocket and creating unsightly bulges.
Noah Space Hoodie
A hoodie is an essential piece in any hypebeast’s closet, but we’re not talking about the standard gray variety. No, their hoodie needs to make a statement like this vibrant yellow one from Noah, complete with an embroidered multi-color logo.
Nike Shoe Box Bag
Help create less waste and keep your newest pair of sneakers in tip-top condition with this shoe box bag from Nike. Carry this bad boy into any store and show them you mean business.
Retrosuperfuture Black Neema Rectangle Sunglasses
These Retrosuperfuture sunglasses offer a narrow and angular shape that slightly heightens the drama and offers a sporty feel, while the sleek black color makes them suitable enough to wear with anything. Think of them like those sunglasses you see at gas stations, just cooler and more refined.
Carhartt WIP Chase Socks
Another workwear brand that’s been favored by streetwear enthusiasts and hypebeasts, Carhartt’s Chase Socks (from their Work In Progress line) are perfect for when you want to draw attention to a particular pair of sneakers you’re wearing. Just pair these safety orange socks with whatever pair you want to show off, and all eyes will immediately be drawn to your ankles.
Dubblefilm Show 35mm Film Camera
Don’t be surprised if your giftee starts deeming themselves a photographer with “an eye” once they full dive into the hypebeast lifestyle. Instead, foster their creative and artistic ability with this 35mm film camera from Dubblefilm. It’ll be perfect for documenting their fits of the day.
Gucci G-Timeless Watch
While we’re very much here for the off-the-wall design sensibility of creative director Alessandro Michele, we do realize that not everybody is ready to dive into the deep end of the Gucci pool right off the bat. Thus a little low-key wrist flair is just the ticket, in the form of this 38mm timepiece sporting a yellow gold PVD-coated stainless steel case, camel leather strap, and dial with Gucci’s iconic green/red stripe and golden bee embroidered on it.
The North Face 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket
The North Face’s 1996 Retro Nuptse Jacket has become something of an icon in the last few years, favored by Lower East Side dwellers and intimidating Brooklyn teens. What makes the jacket so popular is that it achieves the often attempted but rarely successful combination of both style and function.
Supreme Utility Pouch
What list targeted at hypebeasts is complete without the inclusion of at least one Supreme item? Sure, you could go for the brand’s Ziploc bags or collapsible shovel, or you could pick something a little more useful, like this utility pouch. Use it to hold grooming products, everyday essentials, pencils, weed, whatever — the only thing that really matters is that iconic logo (and the fact that you didn’t have to stand hours in line to cop).
Be@rbrick Basquiat #6
You’ve probably encountered these bear figurines before. It’s a collectible toy designed and produced by the Japanese company MediCom Toy Incoporated. The “toy” has grown to be a highly sought after item, much more popular among adults than children, often featuring designs by other artists including KAWS and Andy Warhol. The above set features the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, allowing you to “own” some of his famed work in a more abstract way. Plus, the little bear will make the perfect desk companion.
Palace Alas Heavyweight T-Shirt
Another brand that has been co-opted by skaters and hypebeasts (and those in-between) alike, Palace (or Palace Skateboards) bears many similarities to Supreme, but is the lesser known of the two. However, that doesn’t mean acquiring something from the brand is easy, as they still have a dedicated following capable of causing a drop to sell out within minutes. So go ahead and snag this simple yet effective tee before it’s gone for good.
Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Obsidian/University Blue
Arguably the most important item on this list, Jordans are considered a holy grail to many, not exclusively hypebeasts. But if one wants to start out the journey to becoming a hypebeast on a strong foot (heh), you might as well go for the Air Jordan 1. This particular pair is a 2019 release that pays homage to Michael Jordan’s college career at the University of North Carolina, evident in the obsidian and “university blue” colorway. Seriously though — you’ll win the holidays with these.
Stadium Goods Everyday Mug
Even if you were unable to acquire that rare and highly sought after pair of sneakers from Stadium Goods, you can at least enjoy a nice cup of joe from this mug emblazoned with their logo, especially as you peruse their site for your next pair of kicks.
Levi’s® Made & Crafted® Drop Shoulder Mackintosh
Leave it to the folks at Levi’s to take a garment that originated in 1824 and imbue it with such an awesome contemporary vibe. Crafted from a water-repellant, indigo-dyed cotton-nylon blend, LMAC’s Mackintosh plays like a stylish cross between a traditional raincoat and a faded painter’s smock, making it a prime outerwear choice regardless of the weather.
Champion Hoodie – MoMA Edition
Because hypebeasts can be cultured, too.
Comme des Garcons Floriental Eau de Parfum
Don’t be dissuaded from trying Comme des Garcons Floriental fragrance just because it has floral notes. The fragrance hints more at sandalwood with sweet notes of plum, working together to create a scent that’s elegant, subtle and ideal for everyday wear.
P.E. Nation UNI-FORM Resilience Hoodie
Coming straight out of Sydney, Australia, P.E. Nation is known for making the most stylish female activewear in the game — twice now, however, they’ve graced us with a unisex capsule collection so that the fellas can get in on the action. The Resilience Hoodie is our pick of the litter, with a relaxed fit, heavyweight (and sustainable) cotton/poly fabric, and stylin’ “dusty purple” colorway. Pro tip: pair it with the matching shorts for maximum impact.
Stutterheim Stockholm Raincoat
Stutterheim’s iconic rubberized raincoats are a marvel of minimalist design, and thus have been a favorite of celebs and aesthetes the world over since the Swedish brand’s inception (and collab fodder for everyone from Band of Outsiders to Jay-Z). The eye-catchin’ yellow is our favorite colorway, but regardless of what hue you pick, rest assured that your giftee will remain dry as a bone in the most miserable of weather.
Bonobos Pleated Stretch Corduroy Trousers
We recently opined on how despite their more straightforward roots, Bonobos has low-key emerged as a hypebeast-worthy brand. Thus they make for a great entry point into the world of fashion-forward dressing, as your recipient will feel as though he’s in familiar hands. Add the avalanche of compliments he’ll be getting in these showstoppin’ pleated corduroy bad boys and you’ll be looking like a regular gifting swami.
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