Taiwan is hardly a newcomer to the streetwear scene. If you’re familiar with boutiques like INVINCIBLE, Less and Ne.Sense, then you have a pretty good idea of how far street culture in the island has come, especially in the city of Taipei.
The aforementioned shops, which also have their own in-house labels, have been going strong for years — INVINCIBLE and Less have been around since 2006 while Ne.Sense hit the ground running in 2013.
Now, another batch of new brands is looking to follow suit and make a global impact on the industry. But it all has to start at home.
In Taiwan, more focused shops like Syndro, Hyst, SMOKA and Woden, among others, are popping up at a rapid pace, catering to the growing local streetwear consumer and helping cultivate momentum for these brands to start their expansion worldwide.
High fashion labels and even a few avant-garde picks.
Wisdom’s wares exemplify Taiwan’s love affair with post-militaria style: field jackets, weatherproof parkas and cargo pants are given a gentle contemporary upgrade, with trim cuts and neutral tones that encourage layering regardless of the season.
Garments bulge with pockets, but the approachable silhouettes allow the high-tech wearables to slot in neatly with more conventional wardrobes.
Official website: wisdom2009.com
If Wisdom draws from the future of functional gear, their pals GOOPiMade (often shortened to GOOPi) are wholly focused on the past. A collaborative effort between Taiwanese designers and their Japanese counterparts, GOOPi is all about rugged craft, contemporary textiles and immense silhouettes.
Huge jackets, shirts and cargo pants inform a typical GOOPi outfit, abetted by sling bags and bucket hats to taste.
Official website: goopi.co
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ALICE LAWRANCE is now a fully-fledged label specializing in post-modern streetwear. Founder and designer Will Lee produces unisex collections built upon memory, moods and individuality through street-centric designs — use of logos, oversized cuts and creative draping are often found each season.
LUSIVE is the one that exhibits the most flair. From vibrant animal prints, oversized outerwear cuts to mix-and-match ensembles, the Taiwanese label clearly has a knack for what’s current with streetwear trends — think Balenciaga, Martine Rose or even ARIES in terms of styling.
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