Top Streetwear Brands to Watch for in 2022

Top Streetwear Brands 2022

The perfect pair of shoes can only take you so far. If you aren’t up to date on the top streetwear brands in 2022, your outfits will never be on point. Traditionally, streetwear has been reserved for those that are a part of certain subcultures (ie: skaters, ballers, etc), but nowadays anyone can find a streetwear brand that they identify with and take their fit game to the next level. 

Over the last decade or so, brands like Supreme, A Bathing Ape (Bape), and Off-White have risen to prominence. But if you’re limiting yourself to just those streetwear brands, you’re missing out on a whole ocean of other highly fashionable and sought after streetwear apparel brands that might be the missing piece in your wardrobe. 

With that being said, let’s take a look at the top streetwear brands to watch in 2022.

Supreme is an NYC based streetwear brand born from the skateboarding and hip hop era. It seems that these days, every piece that Supreme puts out sells out instantly. Supreme releases their streetwear in limited quantities in what they call “drops." Alongside their streetwear, Supreme is known for collaborating with some of the biggest brand names in the world such as Bic, Oreo, Nike, and more. 

The draw that Supreme has is unparalleled, making it a shoe in for the hottest streetwear brands of 2022.

Stussy was born in Southern California, and as such was first inspired by the surfwear trend of the 1980s. Since then, it’s been more so adopted by the skateboarding community as a staple in streetwear and skateboard fashion. Stussy has grown a massive following, and has been fortunate enough to participate in streetwear collabs with the likes of Nike, Supreme, Vans, and Casio

Stussy, like Supreme is such a household name in the streetwear industry. Their dominance of the streetwear market firmly plants them on our list of the top streetwear brands in 2022. 

Palace is a UK based skateboarding brand that over time has evolved into an extremely popular streetwear brand. Drawing inspiration from the 1990s, skateboarding, and pop culture, Palace has done work with Adidas, Salomon, and Ralph Lauren. Palace drops new gear every Friday online, and most are in limited quantities. 

It seems like everything that Palace puts out sells out - immediately. It's hard to argue with the numbers...Palace is easily one of the top streetwear brands for 2022. 

In case you hadn’t noticed the trend, there are a lot of skateboard shops/brands in this streetwear list. That’s because the two things are more intertwined than ever. The case is no different with Primitive, a skateboard brand turned streetwear and fashion brand. Besides making absolutely sick streetwear clothing, they have professional skateboarders on their team like Paul Rodriquez…or P-Rod as most of us know him. 

Most of Primitive's streetwear comes in at a lower price point that some of the bigger brands listed above, which is enough to give it a spot as one of the hottest streetwear brands in 2022. 

Now when I say the name New Balance, your first thought is probably the furthest thing from streetwear. But over the last 5 or so years, New Balance has burst onto the scene as a contender in the top streetwear brands category. Powered by partnerships with Stone Island, Kith, Aime Leon Dore, and Joe Freshgoods, New Balance is making a name for itself in streetwear. 

The German sportswear company is probably not the most typical streetwear brand in the literal sense of the word, but rest assured Adidas has made big moves in the streeware space, especially with Kanye West and the YEEZY line of footwear. 

Besides the ever popular YEEZY releases, Adidas has also made some big moves with celebrities, athletes, and brands like Pharrell, Donovan Mitchell, and Eric Emmanuel in order to grow their market share in the crowded clothing and streetwear space. 

While Nike may not have a massive influence in the streetwear industry, their brand recognition and willingness to collaborate within the streetwear space gives them a spot on our list of the best streetwear brands for 2022. 

The most notable of their streetwear collaborations are shoes such as the Air Force 1 Off-White, Nike Dunk Low Off-White, and the Air Jordan 1 Off-White “Chicago”. 

Billionaire Boys Club (or BBC) was founded in 2003 by Pharrell and Nigo. The lifestyle and streetwear brands draws influence from fashion, music, design, and culture. BBC continues to push the boundaries of design and fashion as they evolve in the streetwear space. 

Also under the BBC label are brands Ice Cream, Bee Line, and Billionaire Girls Club. 

Founded in 2012, Cav Empt was created by Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell. Cav Empt is most known for their graphics and disruptive style. 

The name of the game for the Japanese streetwear brand is hyperrealism and glitch graphics, and Cav Empt draws inspiration from its creators previous work with Bape, Billionaire Boys Club, and Ice Cream. 

The Hundreds is a community based streetwear brand that was founded in 2003 by Bobby Kim and Ben Shenassafar. The California based brand takes inspiration from 90’s workwear and Californian Subculture tribes. 

With multiple massive collabs under its belt such as Adidas, Disney, and the NBA, The Hundreds is an easy pick to make our top streetwear brands of 2022 list. 

Bape was founded in 1993 by Nigo in the Harajuku district of Shibuya, Tokyo. Inspired by the nightlife and hip hop scene in Tokyo, the first Bape stockist was a store called NOWHERE, a shop that Nigo opened up with his friend Jun Takahashi. The iconic Ape logo was inspired by the film Planet of the Apes. But the name and logo also doubled as a reference to a Japanese idiom "“a bathing ape in lukewarm water,” which connotes luxury and consumerism. 

Bape is most well known for their in-your-face camouflage patterns, full-zip hoodies, and the infamous Bapesta sneakers, which look eerily similar to Nike's Air Force 1. Bape cemented itself among the big boys in the streetwear industry with their 2002 collaboration with Supreme, and the ensuing launch of 2 US stores in Los Angeles (2004) and New York (2008).    

Obey clothing was founded in 2001 by artist and designer Shepard Fairey. Obey is well know to create designs that promote social activism and are based around politically and socially propaganda. 

The combination of art, activism, design, and streetwear is what makes Obey such a unique brand. Interestingly, the Obey name was inspired by the 1988 movie They Live by John Carpenter. 

Founded in 1995 by Scott Sasso, 10.Deep draws inspiration from the streetwear culture of New York, London, and Tokyo in the 1990s. 

10.Deep maintains the spirit of independence. The number 10 in 10.Deep pays reference to two things, a group of 10 people, and the personal strengths of one's 10 fingers. 

Patta is a Dutch streetwear brand based in Amsterdam. It was founded in 2004 by Edson Sabajo and Guillaume Schmidt. When it first started, Patta focused on selling imported sneakers at their storefront. As their presence grew, they started earning exclusive collaborations with brands like Nike, Asics, and Reebok. 

Huf was founded by Kieth Hufnagel who moved from New York City to San Francisco in 1992 to pursue a career in professional skateboarding. Hufnagel opened the first Huf boutique in 2002 as a way to give back to the skateboarding community that shaped him.

Now based in Los Angeles, Huf is one of the most respected streetwear and skate brands in the world. Huf continues to push the culture forward by "refusing to conform to it". 

Established in 2002 in Los Angeles, Undefeated (also known as UNDFTD) is one of the most iconic sneaker boutiques in the world. It started as just a sneaker store and has grown into a lifestyle brand inspired by sports, art, music, and street culture. 

Through the years, UNDFTD has been privileged to collaborate with the biggest names in the fashion, sports, and streetwear industries. Among their most notable collaborations are partnerships with Nike, Jordan Brand, and A Bathing Ape. UNDFTD’s iconic Five Strike logo can be seen worldwide, a far cry from the homebase in LA. It's clear to see how UNDFTD has grown into one of the top streetwear brands for 2022.

A.P.C. is a French streetwear brand that first garnered fame for its classic jeans and raw denim. However as A.P.C. grew in popularity, so did their line of offerings. A.P.C. creator Jean Touitou and his wife have expanded the brand to include a full line of both Men’s and Women’s clothing and accessories. 

At the heart of A.P.C.’s design is a return from extravagance to minimalism. Each piece is meant to be both stylish and casual. While the A.P.C. workshop and studio remains in Paris, the brand has over 70 stores worldwide including shops in New York, Tokyo, Berlin, and Sydney. Rapid growth and unique designs firmly plant A.P.C. on our list for the top streetwear brands in 2022. 

Yes, that Levi's. You probably didn't expect a denim company to make the list, but as of recent Levis has made a big push into the streetwear culture and market as a whole. Founded in 1853 by a German businessman, Levis has spent a lot of efforts and time into building out a whole range of collaborations and products that trend more towards the streetwear and designer crowd. 

Between partnerships with Jordan Brand, Stussy, and Supreme, Levis has carved out a niche for itself in the streetwear industry. They have worked really hard to make denim cool, and have succeed in our eyes. 

Champion is an athletic wear and sportstyle clothing brand that sits under the Hanes Clothing umbrella. They specialize in sportswear, and have made quite the comeback over the last few years. 

You can find Champion clothing in almost any sneaker store, from Footlocker to Finish Line, and they've done some pretty successful collaborations with brands like Carrots and Supreme

At its core, Mitchell & Ness is a hate company. It's inspiration and take on streetwear is primarily inspired by basketball, but really the sporting world as a whole. The company takes a retro approach to streetwear and snapbacks, and loves paying homage to the past with each hat and clothing release. 

Jerseys, shorts, and snapbacks make up most of what Mitchell & Ness does, but they do it well. They've been cranking out throwback team apparel since 1904. 

If you haven't noticed the pattern, most of the sportswear giants of the world have made our Top Streetwear Brands list...including Puma. That's because each have shifted more focus towards catering to the streetwear crowd, and they're doing well at it. 

Puma's willingness to collaborate with some of the biggest names in the industry, combined with their rich heritage in the world of sports has made them one of the hottest streetwear brands in 2022. 

Asics is a Japanese sportswear giant that specializes in footwear. Initially Asics meant to focus on making basketball shoes, but has quickly evolved into a footwear empire. 

Beyond making performance shoes, Asics has really focused a lot of time and attention on the streetwear and sneakerhead culture, particular with models like the Asics Gel Lyte III. They've used that classic silhouette to partner with some of the hottest streetwear brands and designers such as Kith, Concepts, and Bait

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