Before I say anything I don’t claim to be an expert in any area of streetwear or techwear and I am simply giving my two cents on the matter and why it could be the future. Firstly what the hell is techwear?
According to Onpointfresh.com(http://onpointfresh.com/techwear-style-guide-wardrobe-essentials/) it was “Born out of the unlikely crossover between fashion and the outdoors industry, urban techwear (or “techwear”, for short) is an emerging style that blends form with a relentless focus on function”. In comparison with streetwear with features a lot of bright colours and graphics, techwear generally features a set of a few darker colours of black or dark grey sometimes contrasted with white. It’s a culmination of decades of perceptions of what we thought the future of fashion would look like. It is very evident how the outdoor aspect of the style takes centre stage in the design bringing the functional elements into play especially water resistance, comfort and carrying capacity. It is fine line however between looking good with techwear and looking like you’re trying too hard to be your favourite anime character and that is a line that you don’t want to cross. Some well known brands that create products in the techwear area are Riot Division, Aether, ISAORA, 4dimension and Stone Island.
A big concern with techwear is the current high price point for the majority of the products where you would be looking to easily spend $300-$600 on a jacket from any of the top brands. Shoes are a pinnacle point of the techwear style and having the wrong ones can totally throw off the vibe of the outfit altogether. Top techwear brand ACRONYM out of Germany has collaborated twice with Nike to create two innovative sneakers in the Lunar Force 1s and the Air Presto Mids:
More conventional brands are getting into the techwear space with Kanye West’s Yeezy line such as the shoes seen above from the Yeezy Season 3 range and Nike’s All Condition Gear(ACG) line :
The NikeLabs have gone on to create a multitude of different products especially shoes which all would fall under the techwear idea including the Nike Air FootScape Woven Nm’s which are my personal favourite’s:
Overall I think its a pretty cool idea I like the look and design of the majority of the clothing I have seen while doing research for the blog the only issue I would have with it and that I would see it taking over current trends is the high price for the majority of the gear. If you are looking to deck yourself out in a full outfit of gear from some of these brands you could be looking at spending $800-$1000 but maybe that’s why some people like it currently due to its exclusivity and the fact that you won’t find a lot of this type of clothing in your local high street. Could you see yourself sporting an outfit like these?: