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BEN DAVIS : WORKWEAR MEETS STREETWEAR

Just like the clothing brand that bears his name, Ben Davis had a personality that demanding perfection, was practical and enduring. He established his clothing company when he was just 21, was married to the same woman for 73 years, never changed the job and spent his entire life in San Francisco, the magical city of his birth.
“My father wasn’t a real flashy guy,” said Davis’ son, Frank, who took charge of the clothing company about 15 years ago. “He wore a Ben Davis shirt every day of his life. Ben Davispants, too.”

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In this new 2020 collection, Ben Davis not only continues the current classics; it brings back the discontinued ones!

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Offerings include Original Twill Blend Ben Davis pants, carpenter pants and Flame-Resistant pants with a full cut for comfort and style, along with a durable fabric that retains color and fit. For different body types, Gorilla Cut pants and Trim Fit Pants are designed for wider legs and slimmer legs, so take your pick. While your at it, grab some shorts for natural a/c during when it’s hot and sticky.

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In addition to providing classic short sleeves, long sleeves, T-shirts, outwear, coverwear and accessories, Ben Davis also has brought back its funny classic “Hot Rod” Tee and “Plenty Tough” Tee, responding to customer demand. Adding to that, they creatively designed the new “I’ve Got a Monkey on My Back” T-shirt, a special edition of short sleeves with color combination of orange and black … and so on, waiting for you to wear it on!

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“We just wanted to make good, sturdy clothes.” Frank Davis said, “Neither My father nor I ever imagined our clothing would be such a hit with the younger crowd.” Well that’s because we trust and respect classics made by a practical, enduring (and stylish) brand, don’t we?

From us to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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THE HUNDREDS: STREETWEAR WITHOUT CULTURE IS JUST FASHION

Who doesn’t want to be considered one of the world’s best fashion designers? Well, Bobby Kim aka Bobby Hundreds, as a founder, designer, illustrator and writer of The Hundreds, says NO. He simply admitted that being one of the best fashion designers has never been his interest; instead, it has been in using clothes to build communities.

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THIS is exactly what The Hundreds is doing with their Spring 2020 Collection, which was recently released as some of their most ambitious work yet.

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Full of new takes on old classics, intricate design elements and pieces that are sure to be customer favorites for years to come. Recalling the distinctive culture from the late ’90s, their design team uses bright colors, unconventional closure systems, layering techniques, and bold thought-provoking graphics that ruled the era.Picture3

In the meanwhile, from tons of fresh graphic tees to inventive cut-and-sew and a wide range of new accessories, all categories contain a bevy of new offerings to keep customers busy – at least until Summer rolls around.

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The Spring 2020 Collection also includes functional workwear and sportswear that utilize unexpected fabrications and feature The Hundreds branding in compelling new ways, telling a unique story and strengthening communities and cultures for old and new fans alike to embrace.

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“I’ve prided myself on bringing people together, not on making $3,000 jackets,” says Bobby. The Hundreds aims to build a profound brand culture that enables a lot of people to meet at their stores, on the street, so that they can build their own careers in their own rights.

After all, fashion changes every second, and many styles are easily forgotten and never come back. In contrast, profound culture like The Hundreds will never disappear.

 

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RASTACLAT : SEEK THE POSITIVE

“You’re going to live with regret if you don’t just do it.” Daniel Kasidi said, and this positive thought inspired him to start his business, Rastaclat, in the first place. Now, spreading Positive Vibrations is his core objective of him and that of his company; encouraging everyone to keep positivity and pursue their own individual style and freedom of expression. This, in turn, helps Rastaclat become the most popular streetwear accessories brand in the world. This year, Rastaclat launched three special-designed collections to spread its positivity and show its distinctiveness.

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The 2020 New Year bracelet features gold lurex stitching and shiny gold hardware, which is a perfect daily accessory for everyone to ring in the New Year with fantastic style.

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To celebrate Metal Rat Year for Chinese New Year, Rastaclat launched the 2020 Year of the Rat, which is a red shoelace bracelet featuring gold lurex accents and gold hardware – 2 golden beads and 1 special golden bead with the rat emblem. Red and Gold are the most representative colors to showcase Chinese New Year.

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Inspired by Chicago, the 2020 NBA All-Star weekend’s host city, Rastaclat utilized a signature white, blue and red colorway from the Bulls City Edition jersey to design this iconic bracelet with the official 2020 NBA All-Star logo on the barrel. In doing so, Rastaclat commemorates this special weekend that happens only once a year … and only in Bulls City.

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Clearly, “Clatlifers” won’t hesitate to tell you that a reminder of upholding enthusiasm, righteousness and a sense of adventure is why they take pride in representing Rastaclat.

From us to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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RUSSELL ATHLETIC : WE DELIVER INCREDIBLE VALUE TO OUR CUSTOMERS

RUSSELL ATHLETIC: WE DELIVER INCREDIBLE VALUE TO OUR CUSTOMERS

Russell Athletic has delivered incredible value, functionality and style to fans since the early 1900s, back when wool uniforms were common in every locker room. Ben Russell, the founder of Russell Athletic, was inspired by his son, Benny, who was a football player in 1926, and he upgraded those very uniforms to all-cotton jerseys, a more comfortable and durable replacement. Russell Athletic changed the game in the clothing industry by developing apparel that was practical, but also more visually appealing as well.

 

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Russell Athletic was traditionally known as the biggest player in the team athletic apparel and uniform market until sportswear giants such as Nike and Adidas compelled the brand to re-focus on everyday consumers. People who could identify with Russell Athletic’s heritage and sportswear culture while looking for functional and stylish apparel that works as well on the street as in the gym. 

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The brand that was known for its influence in practical uniforms for athletes all over has taken a more fashion-focused direction that appeals to a new niche in the streetwear market. Russell Athletic’s ability to evolve a heritage brand into more aesthetically appealing offerings brings incredible value and competition to your game. 

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Headlined with its iconic “Eagle R” logo, the brand is embracing the hot streetwear market by step off the playing field onto urban streets for fashion-forward fans everywhere. 

From us to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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ODD FUTURE X ASIA EXCLUSIVE LINE MAKES WAVES

ODD FUTURE X ASIA EXCLUSIVE LINE MAKES WAVES

 

Odd Future’s funky styles are making waves from coast to coast as the brand’s exclusive Asia line is turning heads for streetwear fanatics, sneakerheads, and urbanites all over. This won’t sound odd at all, but the future looks bright for this brand.

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Odd future, the clothing brand pays homage to the American hip hop collective led by Tyler the Creator from Los Angeles, California. Odd Future is known for their alternative, freeform spin on hip hop music.

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The hip-hop collective’s influence over music has made its way into the fashion scene. Odd Future clothing for Asia includes T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories that’ll appeal to fashion consumers all over the market.

 

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IT’S NO SO ODD WHEN YOU DRESS LIKE THIS

A lot of hot pieces come with the Odd Future collection, whether you’re looking to rock a fashionable “dad hat” or compliment your attire with a fanny pack when you’re on the move.

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The Odd Future “dad hat” comes in multiple unique colorways that’ll make any wardrobe pop and turn heads. The hat also makes a great addition alongside Odd Future’s t-shirts as well for a more complete outfit.

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You can get a head-start on your future by reaching out to the Lula team on popular pieces for your wardrobe.

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew.

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COMPLEXCON – THE CREATIVES ARE HERE

ComplexCon – The Festival for Creatives and Influencers

The fourth annual ComplexCon was popping in Long Beach on the first weekend of November, hosted by Complex magazine. ComplexCon is a creative collaboration between the most influential people and the hottest brands that represent an entire culture. Attendees from all over the world flock together to enjoy pop culture, music, art, food and, of course, streetwear.

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Also known as the “Mall of the Future,” ComplexCon allows consumers to buy items that haven’t been released to the public yet while providing an up-close preview on trending brands flooding the marketplace. These include athletic apparel brands like Puma, Reebok and Champion. Streetwear giants Thrasher, The Hundreds, and Chinatown Market are also well-represented.

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Beyond the hot brands, there are also amazing art installations and panel discussions led by popular names in the hip-hop and fashion scenes.

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Fulver Pineda, Operations Manager for LULA 101, says “ComplexCon provides great insight into the streetwear and pop culture world for anyone who is a new fan, early adopter or is trying to get into the business. The diversity of people and exclusive collaborations available to everyone are what makes this show unique.”

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Pop culture and fashion are two peas in a pod, and for us there were two art installations that stood out the most.

 

The olive and metallic flower pillows from the Tonari No Zingaro booth pays homage to Takashi Murakami’s store in Tokyo, and it was a crowd attraction for many attendees.

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Matthew Senna, a Los Angeles based conceptual artist showcased his Bronze and Gold sculptures featuring his “Study,” series focused on Air Jordan 1-18.

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Providing opportunities to connect on a mutual platform that appeals to all. The festival is a pop-cultural “melting pot” of everything that makes hip-hop so engaging to the masses. We look forward to seeing what ComplexCon will offer in the years to come.

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew.

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RIPNREPAIR – FA-19 COLLECTION

RIP N REPAIR Fall 2019 Collection Available Now

What pops into your mind when you think of streetwear? What style represents you? What makes you different among the crowd?

RIP N REPAIR, a brand based in Los Angeles, is inspired by the surrounding of inner-city LA and the style of its subcultures. Each piece is heavily influenced by American Pop Culture while paying homage to its roots that stem from the brand’s Korean heritage.

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RIP N REPAIR is a perfect combination modern design and delicate craftmanship. Using audacious and unique character sketches to craft each piece, while also providing a high-end product consumer adore.

A popular piece in RIP N REPAIR’s FA-19 is the Chain Smoker Woven Shirt – a short-sleeve button-up that draws inspiration from traditional Korean Cloud Art Patterns while calling out a popular “bad habit.”

 

 

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Another popular piece in RIP N REPAIR’s FA-19 release is the Auntie Crewneck Sweatshirt – A bold forest-green crewneck that features a uniquely designed character sketching that pays homage to the aunties who raised us

 

 

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RIP N REPAIR’s vintage styles bring an edge to your style. “No Pills, No Thrills” is a clever tagline highlighted all over their Highs & Lows Long Sleeve that gives fans the opportunity to showcase a little attitude with their attire.

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So stand out among the crowd and upgrade your wardrobe.

Join the movement and check out more popular styles you’ll love on RIP N REPAIR’s official website.

https://ripnrpr.com/

From us to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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Share Your Story with #Champion100 Limited Edition

Champion was established in 1919 by the Feimbloom Brothers, and this year Champion celebrates its happy 100th anniversary.

They have launched “Champion Century Collection” to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

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“We’ve always been about one thing

THE TEAM.”     

Champion has been developing their products for teams for 100 years, and that has been their passion.  To celebrate a century of Champion, they’re searching the globe to connect with the most interesting and passionate TEAMS in the world. Discover their stories, and share your own.

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The Centennial Collection is a collection that has been updated for the 100th anniversary specification, with modern arrangements of design elements that include reverse-weave and jock tag, a classic sweat wear that symbolizes the Champion. These new pieces will be released several times throughout the year.

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Each item has a logo that combines a brand icon and a number of “100”.
In addition, the lining is decorated with the “Hidden Label”, which allows you to write your own “team name” or “the meaning of being a team”.
Why don’t you celebrate #Champion100 together?

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From us, to you…the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew 

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Best Shorts For Men to Wear In Summer 2019

Shorts are must-haves for guys to show their style in the heat of summer. With so many different materials and cuts, here are some ideas for you to choose your best shorts for the beach, barbecues, concerts … whatever the occasion.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo shorts have hit the fashion scene again because of their multifunctionality. Cargo pants were originally designed to be tough and durable times of war, which cargo shorts perfect for outdoor activities and times of play.

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Chino Shorts

Men’s chino shorts are a summer staple! Chino shorts are ideal because they can be dressed up or down. Wear them with casual T-shirts or a nice button-down … it’s all good.

 

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Sweat Shorts

Wearing sweat shorts anywhere other than the gym in the past was a style no-no. But now, with brands making them into great-looking, trim-fitted  sweat shorts that can totally rock it in public, you can now say “yes-yes” and enjoy your stylish sweat shorts in a comfortable way!

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Swim Shorts

Swim shorts complement various of body types – whether you’re tall or not, thick or thin, or somewhere in between. They should not only be stylish and fitted, but also comfortable to wear during any water happenings.

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There are plenty of stylish and real-world choices to be made when you select your shorts. Summer comes but once a year, so it’s time to put away the old-school pants and add some new colorful summer vibe shorts for your closet and far beyond.

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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The Streetwear 2019 Impact Report

Through a close collaboration between HYPEBEAST and Strategy&, PwC’s consulting firm, intriguing, and positive news about the streetwear industry has been shared, which you don’t want to miss. This eye-opening information is divided in four main parts:

The report is split into four main articles:

  • 1.  Defining Streetwear details on streetwear’s origin, key cultural components and consideration of the evolution of streetwear.
  • 2. Measuring Streetwear reports consumer spending habits, including how much they spend, best selling products and regional insights.
  • 3. How Streetwear Communicates traces streetwear’s relationship with social media and the communication loop between consumer and brand.
  • 4. How Streetwear Sells dissects streetwear’s tight-knit direct-to-consumer relationship, painting a picture of its innovative “drops” model and the burgeoning secondhand market.

The consumer survey collected a total of 40,960 respondents across the globe while the industry survey collected a total of 763 respondents from a range of industry players.

Below we can observe the ages, gender and nationalities from the participants. A strong male influence, particularly from Asia, even more specifically from South Korea.

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Strategy& is a global team of practical strategists committed to help companies seize essential advantage. 

HYPEBEAST is the leading online platform for men’s contemporary fashion and streetwear. Covering: fashion, footwear, arts, design, music, entertainment and lifestyle.

1. DEFINING STREETWEAR

Simply put, streetwear is fashionable casual clothes: T-shirts, hoodies and sneakers. But this surface definition of streetwear underplays a model that has single-handedly subverted the traditional fashion system by redefining its main component: exclusivity.

Streetwear emerged as an antidote to wider fashion trends, stemming from countercultures like skate, surf and hip-hop. It also opened the floodgates to a demographic that was previously “not showing” an interest in fashion: men.

The ultimate driving force behind streetwear is its spirit. Core streetwear consumers do not have limitless income to spend. What they do have is the ability to create exclusivity tied to something much more potent than money — authenticity.

Our consumer survey findings revealed that most (70%) consumer respondents like streetwear because it’s cool, while more than half (57%) consider comfortable clothes to be a key factor. Additionally, close to half (46%) place importance on exclusivity, while around a quarter value status symbol (27%) and community (24%).

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2. MEASURING STREETWEAR

The current state of streetwear can be defined in four key ways:

  • Original streetwear brands are characterized by an accessible price point, comfortable clothing and authenticity. At their core, these brands are driven by a very direct motivation to put a word on a T-shirt. These brands include names such as Supreme, BAPE and Stüssy, as well as newer players such as Palace. Products from these brands often resell at a high price point due to scarcity and high demand.
  • Sportswear brands include leading athletic labels whose offering of athletic wear and sneakers are integral to the streetwear style. Sneakers created by brands such as adidas and Nike are cornerstones of the streetwear uniform.
  • Adopted streetwear brands have incorporated streetwear trends and styles into their product offering, but their brand origin is not authentically tied to the streetwear movement. This can include luxury and mass-market brands alike.
  • Luxury streetwear brands reflect the most recent emergence of brands that blur the lines between original streetwear and luxury fashion. These brands are also driven by authenticity but operate at a higher price point and diverge from the standard streetwear uniform. This includes brands such as Off-White™, AMBUSH and Vetements.

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A high percentage – 56%, according to our survey – reported spending an average of $100-$300 on a single item of streetwear. Another 16% reported an average spend of $300-$500. Only 8% of consumers said they would buy items priced at $500 or more, meaning high-priced luxury items are out of reach for many of the streetwear consumers who participated in the survey.

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Almost half (49%) of industry respondents said their customer’s average monthly spend was $100 to $500, which was in line with what consumers reported. These results point to the the ideal margin for targeting the streetwear audience. Many Supreme goods sit inside this sweet spot.

3. HOW STREETWEAR COMMUNICATES

And so when it comes to where streetwear followers get their style inspiration from, they want it straight from the source: musicians. A majority (65%) of consumer respondents said they regard musicians as the most credible figures in streetwear, ahead of just over half (52%) who elected industry insiders and only 32% who selected social media influencers.

When asked which factors are most important for brands, the majority (63%) of consumers indicated brand legacy, which was second only to product quality and design (81%). Another half (48%) of respondents indicated a brand’s creative director was a top factor while only 31% of respondents said social media.

4. HOW STREETWEAR SELLS MORE

When asked through which channels they’re most likely to buy streetwear products, more than half (53%) of consumer respondents indicated a physical brand store, followed by close to half (42%) who indicated a brand’s e-commerce site. About a third of respondents indicated resell sites (28%) and physical multi-brand retailers (32%) while a quarter (26%) reported multi-brand e-commerce and only 13% said social media.

 

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The drops model has resulted in a booming secondhand market. Buyers who miss out on drops will turn to other methods of shopping, while those who successfully purchased items will often look to make a quick buck. The resale market is thus a barometer for a brand’s success.

Hope you enjoyed the read, and keep coming back here to see the latest posts about cool streetwear news.

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