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Streetwear: The Insider's Guide Paperback – September 27, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; F First Edition edition (September 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811860361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811860369
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,264,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this energetic "street fashion bible," freelance writer and former pro skateboarder Vogel asks fashion designers around the globe, "how do you define streetwear?" Contrasting considerate discussion with bold graphics, cityscapes, glossy product photographs (T-shirts, hoodies and sneakers are well-represented) and gritty portraits of the folks involved, this volume makes both an introductory "who's who" and a serious inquiry into the history, boundaries and direction of the subculture. Though subjects exhibit plenty of hope and enthusiasm, many worry over the mainstreaming of street culture; what "started as an artistic or social movement" has begun "to shift focus entirely on to product and consumerism," says the founder of Virginia retail outlet Commonwealth. Unsurprisingly, product is given a large measure of attention, and an index for would-be purchasers provides contact info; otherwise, the book is dominated by profiles of artists, entrepreneurs, labels and stores, and is capped with a list of magazines, web sites and books for further reading. Interviews range in tone from contemplative to funny to irreverent absurdity, capturing a diverse cross-section of the population. Though the constantly evolving subculture may be better chronicled by a regularly published magazine, this book's impressive graphic design and heartfelt attitude make it a shining time capsule for the current moment.
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About the Author

Steven Vogel is a freelance writer and critic and has contributed to several international magazines and Web sites. He is also the Global Special Projects Manager at Burton Snowboards, curated the 2007 exhibition "untitled-documents of street culture," and is part of the BREAD & butter annual street culture tradeshow held in Berlin and Barcelona. A former pro-level skateboarder, he has been an active participant in, and critic of, street culture for fifteen years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Lorber on November 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
The back of the book reads "The one-and-only street fashion bible. The definitive guide to core clothes for urban living. The ultimate handbook to designers from around the globe." Sounds great and was exactly what I was looking for. In actuality, this book is a collection of interviews where essentially the same questions are asked over and over and over for the first 300 pages. Regardless, it's a good read for what it is and there are plenty of pictures to ohh and ahh at.

One thing I find hilarious about this book is that some of the designers criticize the current state of streetwear by saying that it is becoming deluded and "mainstream," and yet all these quotes of disapproval are bundled together in a book and sold to those same "mainstream" consumers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason Tollinchi on August 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an awesome book detailing the people behind the clothing I like to wear. For fashion minded people such as myself this box is for you. Also if your looking to get into the clothes trade this book has some help hints. As the designers explain how and why they do what they do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Torrance on July 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are interested in the culture and who's behind it, you won't find a more comprehensive book out there.
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