Image by BadJon Photography Update May 25:
Matthew Dukes Hanna dropped us a line and a link to a BadJon photo shoot with the street culture kings of the Holy City.
Charleston Magazine's fashion editor Ayoka Lucas had a chance to talk with Matthew Dukes Hanna, creator of DiptNYC clothing brand and blog as well as KJ Kearney, creator of H1gher Learning blog (formerly Brown Derby Haberdashery) and clothing to discuss all things streetwear.
First off, let's define streetwear. It's a style that took inspiration from hip-hop and skateboarding cultures and fused it with in-your-face graphics and sharp color schemes. Its roots are in skateboarding and the "skatewear" of the 1980s with a central focus on t-shirts and vintage or vintage-style sneakers.
Hanna and Kearney have been making a name for themselves in the Lowcountry through their unique clothing designs, Haiti relief effort shirts, participating and hosting local events, word of mouth and blogs. The underground fashion movement has a "do what you like" attitude that meshes perfectly with the Charleston mentality.
Keep an eye on these two, as you'll more than likely spot their presence be it via clothing or otherwise around town.
Read up on the streetwear king of Charleston in the Charleston Magazine interview.