10 essential books to understand streetwear culture

  • Kevin Cortinovis
  • 2 years Ago
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The streetwear culture is broad and can be difficult to understand for newcomers to this very particular environment. This culture is extremely rich and is at the crossroads of different segments such as art, fashion, design, sneaker, music or even skateboarding and basketball to name a few. In order to better understand and apprehend the latter, we therefore offer you a selection of 10 books, dealing with various subjects having an integral part in this culture. It is also the occasion to start a nice personalized theme library.


The Carhartt WIP Archives Book :

The Dearborn brand has played a major role in establishing this culture, whether we talk about yesterday, today or tomorrow. The workwear label has developed wonderfully in the streetwear and skatewear culture thanks to the quality of its products and the fact that it has dressed the legends of this milieu such as 2PAC, NWA and Travis today.

Where to buy: Carhartt 49€

Supreme Vol. 1 / Vol. 2

We leave for New York, but we stay in the fashion world with James Jebbia’s label. Neglecting Supreme’s contribution to the establishment of this culture would be a real mistake. The label with the box logo, established itself in the skateboard world before taking a more than important place. With its iconic collections and prints, its boards and collaborations with the biggest names, Supreme has gone beyond its role as a clothing brand.

Where to buy: Caliroots €39.90

Murakami: Ego

Like a Kaws or a Daniel Arsham, Murakami is one of the greatest representatives of the integration of art into streetwear culture. Through his collaborations and other works, Takashi Murakami has built a very solid reputation that has inspired much of the new artistic wave. Most of his work can be found in this book.

Where to buy: Amazon €42.96


How could you not bring up Brian Donnelly aka Kaws? A major multi-tasking artist, Kaws has contributed through his work to placing art at the heart of this culture. Through his multiple collaborations with Nike and others, and his various artworks such as his Bearbricks, Kaws has become an icon of streetculture that can be discovered or rediscovered through this book.

Where to buy: Amazon €42.50

Supreme: Object Oriented / Art on Deck

Back with Supreme for two books that deal here with objects and items from different collaborations or other personal productions. Indeed, the history of the label has also been made thanks to iconic and sometimes crazy objects that have forged this brand over time.

Where to buy : Amazon 69€

Nike Sb: The Dunk Book

The Dunk Book celebrates the one that came out in 2002. This book brings together more than ten years of archives, interspersed with skateboard photos. Some pairs even have small explanations to better understand why the Dunk became a legendary sneaker.

Where to buy : Caliroots 49€

Hiroshi Fujiwara : Fragment

This book tells the story of one of the mythical characters of the sneaker game. The boss of Fragment Design has a strong history with Nike and Jordan, through his label as well as through his own name. A member of the legendary HTM trio that mixes him with Tinker Hatfield and Mark Parker, Hiroshi Fujiwara is a true cultural icon.

Where to buy: Fnac 31€

All Gone Book

Since 2006, Michael Dupouy and his All Gone have been the most famous retrospective of streetwear culture. Each year, the All Gone offers to discover or rediscover the best collaborations and releases of the past year. The sneakers, items and textile capsules of the year are summarized month after month without forgetting anything and are explained and defined by its author. A small particularity is that each book comes out in several versions, more or less exclusive, making the task of collecting more difficult.

Where to buy: All Gone 65€

Collab : Sneakers & Culture

Released at the end of 2019 by Rizzoli, Collab: Sneakers & Culture, is written by Elizabeth Semmelhack and Jacques Slade. The latter goes back over the meaning of the word collaboration and takes us back to its genesis before propelling us on to the most exclusive collaborations which are explained and detailed to understand everything about them. Kaws, Murakami, Travis Scott, Undefeated or 50CENT, HTM and Union LA, all are there to be told.

Where to buy: Caliroots €39.99

Sneaker Freaker : The Ultimate Sneaker Book

Since 2002, Sneaker Freaker has been promoting the sneaker culture, offering a wide range of releases and other information about sneakers. The Ultimate Sneaker Book is therefore an inventory of the history of the sneaker to move from the icon and genesis to the technology and the future of the latter, this book is an opportunity to immerse in the sneaker world and all that it represents.

Where to buy: Amazon 40€


Kevin Cortinovis

Rédacteur / Team WAVE®

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