While we continue to review the year that’s past, we take a look at the 10 most popular UK Streetwear related posts of 2014 with some obvious ones popping up, as well as some not so obvious.
As any regular readers of The Daily Street will know, we love to champion UK Streetwear brands. Not only the brands, but the UK Streetwear scene as a whole. It’s a large part of what this website was created for. Here we run down the 10 most popular posts over 2014 that were discussing brands or news from the UK streetwear bubble / community / scene.
The list includes some obvious heavy hitters such as Palace Skateboards and the closing of The Hideout, but it also sees some smaller brands and stores making the list as well, which is great.
In order, here are the 10 UK streetwear related posts that you visited the most last year …
A relatively recent post to have made it onto the list, these Thinsulate bomber jackets from Palace Skateboards were unsurprisingly popular. Simple and bold, like much of the Palace collections are, these jackets got your attention quickly.
February saw London’s TOOMUCH enlist the help of Snatch Money Bags to feature in their lookbook shot by Marcus Jefferson. TOOMUCH still remain one of the most consistent and high quality brands to be coming out of the UK, somehow managing to stay just under the radar the whole time.
In one of their most high profile moves to date, Swindon based brand Known centred a lookbook around Grime MC D Double E for their High Summer collection. Considering the renaissance that Grime has enjoyed throughout 2014 it was a very wise move.
Lazy Oaf always goes down well on The Daily Street and our exclusive images of their new store layout went down particularly well. As a visual representation of the new direction that the brand were moving in, the store received a welcome revamp back in March.
In April we exclusively debuted the Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook from Birmingham’s Note Apparel. Only a recent addition to the UK Streetwear circuit, they have made a big impression already and with such a well thought out aesthetic and presentation across the board, it’s no surprise. We’re glad to see such a young brand (roughly a year old now) making this list.
January saw long time creative collaborators indcsn and Hollie Fernando team up for a 2 part photographic look at the AW13 collection from Leeds based brand indcsn. Once again, Hollie used her younger sister to model the collection in one of the most extensive shoots she’s done for the brand. With both great product, styling and photography, it’s good to see this one making the list.
April 2014 brought with it the sad news that Bristol’s streetwear store Donuts would be closing its doors for good. As sad as it was/is, we could take some comfort in the knowledge that the store would remain online. Even still, it was a bitter blow for the Bristol community as it lost one of it’s best independent retail locations and it clearly meant a lot to you lot as it’s made it quite high on this list … and rightfully so.
2014 kicked off with the introduction of a new brand to come out of Brighton, going under the name AONO. We broke the news in January with this lookbook showcasing renowned barber Paul Hewitt’s first collection. With all the planning and attention that went into the launch of this brand, it’s good to see it rank so highly on the list.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom in 2014 for retail spaces on the UK streetwear map – March saw the opening of Toms Skate Shop in Stoke Newington. We headed to the store with camera in hand to give you guys a look inside the new store. It’s nice to see new stores continuing to open and more specifically to take on brick and mortar stores in this day and age. Apparently the decision was popular with you guys as well.
Right at the top of this list by quite some way was the sad news that one of the UK’s most iconic streetwear locations, The Hideout, would soon cease to exist. Having been an important player in UK streetwear and global streetwear since 1998 this news was a hefty blow to London and the world. It was sad news and still is, but it will forever be remembered with the credit and praise that it deserves and I’m glad to see it top this list.