What is Streetwear?
Streetwear is a distinctive style of . Rooted in Californian surf and , it has grown to encompass elements of , , and modern fashion.
As with many grassroots cultural movements, streetwear has been notoriously difficult to define. While under a constant state of evolution of style and creative direction (as with many street trends), one constant of streetwear has been the types of clothing produced, commonly centering on "casual, comfortable pieces such as jeans, t-shirts, baseball caps, and sneakers".
The movement is generally accepted to have been born out of the Los Angeles of the late 1970s / early 1980s. Brands included Ocean Pacific, Hobie, Off Shore, Gotcha and Life's a Beach. Local surfboard designer began selling printed T-shirts featuring the same trademark signature he placed on his custom surfboards. Initially selling the items from his own car, Stussy expanded sales to boutiques once popularity increased.
Stussy's move into exclusive sales firmed up the baseline definition of streetwear: taking "a multi-faceted, subculturally diverse, Southern California lifestyle-based T-shirt brand and [mimicking] the limited feel of a high-end luxury brand....those are the two most integral components of what makes a brand streetwear: T-shirts and exclusivity."