Exploration of Fashion
“Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.” Marc Jacobs
Clothing to many, is more than just what am I going to wear today. It is an expression of who you are, and what story you want to tell today. We have watched the uprising of street clothing brands such as Supreme, Stussy, Bape, and Billionaire Boy’s Club. Many of these brands have set the stage for urban dressing. We have seen celebrities wear these brands in our favorite music brands. Often, there can be trouble finding some of these exclusive pieces. Many brands have websites and even flagship stores that some aren’t able to access. So what do those do when they want something, but can’t get their hands on these pieces? They find the next best place. There are plenty of clothing boutiques popping up all over the place. Most of these boutiques carry the hard to get urban brand/street fashion pieces. In Cleveland, Ohio in Coventry Village, there is an uprising boutique, Blueprint Shop. The owner Anthony, was once co-owner of Restock with Joe Haden and decided branch out and open his own store. Blueprint is one of the only stores in Cleveland that carries all exclusive pieces from street brands. Many of the reasons Anthony decided to open this store is because he has always had a love for fashion, as well as him knowing that he could bring those exclusive pieces to others. There aren’t many stores like this in Cleveland. Many are introduced to such stores like this in other mega fashion capitals like Chicago. In Chicago, there is a store called RSVP, which is co-owned by Don C, Kanye West’s old manager; Don’s wife, Kristen; and Virgil Abloh, the owner of Off White. This is another boutique that brings in great and exclusive pieces to the people. Fashion isn’t just about what you wear, it is about how you wear it and what it means to you. In the video below, Duane expressed where his love for fashion came from. His ultimate arrival to real fashion was through Kanye West. Kanye has been an inspiration to many for years because of his incredible sense of style, and how every season it seemed to change. Fashion incorporates many aspects. The perfect fit of denim, the perfect shirt, hoodie, and what kind of jacket you may have. It isn’t always about the brands, but often depending on where you live, it is ALL about the brands. In mainstream culture, you see how celebrities take high fashion and mix it up with street fashion. One of the best ways to stay on trend and be able to express who you are and what fashion means to you. You do not want to be caught without the latest and the most exclusive, especially living in Cleveland.