Posts Tagged ‘karmaloop’
Most of us take pride in purchasing items that no one else (we know) has. So we go OUT OF OUR WAY to find the boutiques, fashion nooks & crannies, and stylish cubby holes in our respective cities. The worst part is when you THINK you bought something that “merges” you into the exclusive lane — only to discover, your best friend’s roomate has the same damn shirt! [Urban+Take(øut)] is here to lend a helping hand in the matter. Here’s 5 resources to give you that consumer edge:
This is like a virtual marketplace. Home to thousands of private (and independent) vendors, ETSY is the spot you hit for one-of-a-kind items. Get anything from handmade jewelry to custom bags. I guarantee that no one will be able to find that knitted scarf you purchase from Etsy. *Men’s & Women’s.
Fellas, this is where you solidify your “BOSS” status. The reason why Oki-Ni is so exclusive is simple — there’s a barrier to entry! Most people can’t afford to rock this stuff. It’s practically a web-stock of the high-fashion, designer label, boutique-ready wears. If you have the paycheck to do so, I’d recommend making this your spot for go-to designer sneakers (Ato, Raf Simons, Jil Sanders), tees, and denim. **Men’s Only.
Ladies, ASOS has some of the best WEARABLE contemporary designs I’ve seen. The variety is large, and they tend to run very true to size. Finally, the items are AFFORDABLE (within a realistic fashion budget). Don’t sleep on this honeycomb hideout. *Men’s and Women’s.
Newsflash — You….AND EVERYBODY ELSE shop(s) at H&M. What TopShop and TopMan present is a formidable alternative. In my opinion, they have better constructed trendy garments. If there were a Trendy Wears Totem, it would have Forever 21 at the bottom, then H&M, then TopShop/TopMan, and finally Uniqlo at the apex (very hard to get in the U.S.). Act accordingly. *Women’s/Men’s.
One of my personal favorites, Karmaloop is the Mecca of (Indie) Streetwear. I mean, all the Crooks&Castles, LRG, Supra and MTTM you ever wanted is right here. Only drawback is….they are an electromagnet! This site is HEAVILY frequented, and so you might run the risk of purchasing a product that someone within 2 degrees of your social circle owns (i.e. Supras, Creative Rec, OBEY). *Men’s & Women’s.
**Honorable mentions: Uniqlo.com, Net-a-Porter.com.
In college, there was a guy whom we (students) affectionately knew as “T-SHIRT MAN”. His government name….unknown; His aliases…. “Shirt Man”, “Man with the shirts”, and “Dude sellin’ them shirts”. Although I never knew more than his face, and his palm (in which I placed my $5 or $10), he revolutionized my freshman year wardrobe, LITERALLY. The shirts he sold weren’t even shirts — they were actually more like Fabric Billboards, depicting images of black culture and heritage. Sometimes there was text to accompany the pictures, i.e. The 1968 Olympics (the picture was of John Carlos and Tommie Smith, raising their fists on the podium); other times, there was an entire paragraph, i.e. the bleak history of the word/event “Freaknic”. On the campus, these shirts became infectiously popular like Magic the Gathering Trading Cards and Pokemon, each week asking T-shirt man, “Whatchu got that’s new? I’m lookin for the new joints.” We’d walk around campus advertising for change, consciously and subconsciously.
See, as Urban Graduates, anything we wear becomes a trend, a fashion statement, and a movement. We can dictate anything from politics to sports, all with a simple slogan and a picture across our chests. And it only takes a classroom-full of us to wear the same shirt — we’ll make the 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock, and the 8 o’clock news, not to mention, the local newspaper. But with that power, also comes great social responsibility. Make an effort to know about what you put on and why you put it on.
Shirts (at top, clockwise from the top left): The Unity Tee by One People Project. The Ba-RockSmith Tee by RockSmith. The Defense T-shirt by Hellz Bellz. The Hope T-shirt by OBEY.
Shirts (at bottom, L – R): The Republicans are Old and Wack Tee by Sons of Liberty. The Brother Tee by One People Project.