The Best British Clothing Brands Specializing In Streetwear
Streetwear found a home in Britain a long time ago. With the amount of cultures in one place that’s hardly surprising. What that means is that Britain has experience with streetwear longer than most other places and they show it in the quality of their work. Here is our list of the best British clothing brands specializing in streetwear.
Streetwear has a tendency to go off the deepend really fast. That’s not a bad thing but it is easy to forget about the basics both for designers and wearers. That’s why it’s good to have brands like Good For Nothing around. Their fits and styles take streetwear back to its sportswear roots. Their fits are clean and simple sportswear style stuff but the cut of the fabric makes it all streetwear. On top of that, some excellent play on prints makes it clear they know what they’re doing.
Shoreditch-born brand Blood Brother was launched in 2011 and has built up a steady following since. The brand takes elements from the history of its area with inspiration coming from punk, businesswear and anything else you could expect to find around London in the last century. Blood Brother doesn’t tie itself to a particular area of streetwear and brings a lot to the table. The brand is what H&M and Topshop set out to be without the Stepford Wives overtone.
Palace is arguably the UK’s most successful streetwear brand. There’s a very good reason behind that; they’re one of the most sincere brands around. Started by someone in skating culture to make clothing for the culture, it’s got more credibility than most. Not a surprise then that everyone seems to fuck with it.
Craig Ford’s brand has a lot of feathers in its cap from distribution and retail to their own clothing. Distribution might sound boring but you can thank their distribution network for brands like Bape getting to England as early as they did. Their own gear is pretty lighthearted skater friendly wear, toned down pieces that would work well with a lot of fits.
Before streetwear hit the catwalks and became the mainstream powerhouse it has in the last two years, Nazir Mazhar was putting it on the map in the UK. With designs of his making it to the Olympic opening ceremony in 2012, he was already in the public eye. His collections somehow turn an eclectic mishmash of styles into something better than the sum of its parts. Windbreakers and New Rocks might not be something most people can pull off but Mazhar makes it look effortless in the collections he creates.
Goodhood doubles as a store and its own label. As a store it’s one of London’s most respected streetwear locations. As a label, it’s one of truest to its roots. The collections take heavy influence from styles around London, refining and putting a voice behind them.
If your wardrobe has been missing a ridiculous amount of cartoon color then Lazy Oaf is worth checking out. Vibrant colors and patterns that somehow manage to avoid being gaudy are standard fare. The most up to date version of the Fresh Prince aesthetic around, if that’s your thing then look no further.
You can trace a lot of streetwears more fashionable elements back to Maharishi’s early styles. Founded in 1994, the brand’s use of a broad amount of Asian and Middle Eastern inspired designs made it a quick favorite with people looking to drop something new into their rotation. Their quality has stayed consistent since they began with some of the most interesting pieces in european streetwear coming from the brand.
You’ve seen pieces from this brand in music videos for people like M.I.A, who’s a good friend with the brand founder Carri Munden. Trippy colors are hard to pull off but Cassette Playa have managed to crack the code. Hyper vibrant, energetic pieces made the brand into a favorite for artists at home in London and all over the world.
Kokon To Zai is one of the UKs strangest brands stylistically. Taking heavy influence from Russian iconography, the brand seems like a front for some Russian gang members in hiding. Gang members who are particularly talented at making interesting, eccentric clothing but still gangsters.
It’s pretty hard to pin Dope Chef down, the brand don’t stick to a particular look. Instead they take a look at what the scene likes at the moment and make the best versions of it. There’s a constant overhaul from the brand so finding something to like won’t be difficult regardless of your style.
Out of every London label, Boy has the most history on the scene. A favorite in the rave scene back in the eighties, it fell off for a while but has come back now stronger than ever. Up to date without forgetting its history, the brand is as much an institution as a clothing label.