Urban Outfitters Men’s Summer Catalogue 2012

Urban Outfitters present their Men’s Summer Catalogue for 2012, featuring the likes of Dickies, Fred Perry, YMC, Won Hundred and Libertine Libertine.

If i’m being completely honest, I have mixed feelings towards Urban Outfitters and I know I’m not alone on this. However, I’ve never been able to lay my finger on why this is. Perhaps it’s the way the clothes are displayed, stacked up in multitude with easy accessibility? Perhaps the shop layouts encourage that car-boot-sale style rummaging that is often found amongst girls in Topshop and is bringing it into Menswear (sorry ladies, but it’s true), and how this removes the respect for clothing that it deserves? Who knows. One thing that is clear is that the store stocks a large chunk of my favourite brands. As mentioned before, I have mixed feelings and if I go too far down the road of trying to work out why, I get very confused.

This SS12 lookbook from the outfitters of the urban folk sees a lot of casual relaxation in various different locations, speckled with some action shots of escaping from seemingly non-dangerous locations. It’s a classic approach. There’s some solid looks in here, namely the use of the Libertine Libertine camo shorts. Nothing too daring, but some easy Summer staples for style. It would have been nice to see UO pushing less of their in-house brand Shore Leave, and giving more spotlight to the likes of YMC and Won Hundred for example.

You can catch larger images of the lookbook on the Urban Outfitters website, as well as prices for all the items featured.

Alex Synamatix

One of three co-founders at THE DAILY STREET, Alex is our Editor-in-Chief, overseeing all TDS activity. Outside of TDS, Alex is a respected creative in his own right, from art directing club nights (comm•une) to consulting for some of the largest global brands.

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  • Geoff

    UO is the HMV of men’s clothing. It’s a decent enough range for people passing by and has convenience. But if want something a little different you need to do some homework and find the decent stores. Why buy Edwins from UO when there’s a Edwin store? Ditto Carharrt, Fred Perry, YMC.

    And that’s reflected in their stores…generic layout, pushing their own brand harder than most. As for their ‘vintage’ section…

  • M

    On point.

  • JB

    Urban Outfitters has really gone down hill in the past couple of years, maybe in another couple it will be like TK Maxx. This sums it up really, bland & boring.

  • boba

    Big in the Shore Leave game

  • rob

    On the one hand UO could act as the stepping stone for those just rearring their head in the world of streetwear; as to what brands are out there and what may be considered fashionable.
    But on the other hand if people want to stand out and express their love for the scene they need to expand their horizons and look past the aztec t-shirts and 5 panel caps on offer here (the quality of the 5 panels is absolutely shocking having seen one recently).
    Don’t get me wrong for the basics like simple button downs and some of their earlier stock of heavyweight jackets it’s not too bad, but I do agree with Geoff, why not shop for the brand, from the brand, and support them directly?
    Their ‘vintage’ section from the stores I have been in seems to be nothing more than recycled college crewnecks and cut up 501’s – not at vintage prices, a bit of a rip off. But I suppose if people atre willing to pay it…

  • http://www.twitter.com/dailydularge derty9000

    agreed it’s bland and boring and it’s been done already… being called urban outfitters… it doesn’t really cater for all fashion senses, just, indie hipster shit that kids think are cool nowadays.

  • Dave

    Looks like tumblr fodder to me

  • dm

    Urban Outfitters is a cancer to the scene.

  • Chris

    They add fuel to current trends just like Topman do. Theres nothing creative about their buys anymore whereas once upon a time there used to be creativity, individuality and variety. That boat left the dock a long time ago, but now its just floor to ceiling skinny jeans and aztec tee’s. Leaders in fashion – clearly.