BJ the Chicago Kid’s Top Streetwear Finds At Sole DXB 2016
After our Green List put on the “100 best underground streetwear brands in America,” we figured we’d ask BJ to pick the best brands he found in Dubai. When it comes to streetwear, don’t sleep on the Middle East. Watch the video and peep more info below.
United Arab Emirates skate brand Anthlgy has logo-flipping witty tees, jackets, accessories, and boards made from 100 percent Canadian maple (including a clever Iraq-A-Fella deck). Drawing on youth culture’s creative energy, Anthlgy brings a lifestyle approach to fashion with support for musicians, artists, and skaters.
Brand new to the industry, Retrograde is a concept store that officially launched online this month. Though much hasn’t been revealed about the retail space yet, it currently offers clean-cut, well-crafted minimalist selections from brands like Hoodlab, Enfin Levé, Lifted Anchors, and The Green List’s THE CXX.
Though it primarily services the cycling community (sometimes ignored in streetwear fashion) with fixed-gear bicycles and accessories, Corcel also offers apparel and footwear through brand collabs. Standouts include a collaboration with Aimé Leon Dore and ultra-refined kicks with Buddy Happy, both of which dropped at Sole DXB.
Originally launched in 1984 by artist Hassan Hajjaj, London streetwear brand and pioneer R.A.P. made its return at this year’s Sole DXB after 20 years of hibernation. Reborn with 12 unisex pieces—six from the past and six new designs—R.A.P., or Real Artistic People, is inspired by London culture.
Concept-driven brand Brothrs Keepr was founded by four childhood friends from different backgrounds in Dubai. With an e-store still in the works, Brothrs Keepr retails international menswear at various pop-up shops and often collaborates with Abu Dhabi store The Luxury Arcade. At Sole DXB, the two premiered “The Locker Room,” an installation with pieces that focused heavily on the idea of kinship.
Frame, which claims to be the first “Japanese lifestyle culture shop” (and Ramen restaurant) in the UAE region carries Japanese streetwear giants including Undercover, ENGINEERED GARMENTS, and visvim, along with timeless goods and crafts. Carrying the theme of permaculture throughout and reimagining the shopping experience, FRAME’s retail space will also allow customers to purchase everything they see in store.
Deus Ex Machina
International brand Deus explores the cross section between motorcycles and surf. All about “having fun and going fast,” Deus Arabia is set to open its flagship in Dubai in 2017 and sells custom motorbikes alongside apparel and accessories.