The Aspiring Streetwear Designer’s Guide to Hats

Streetwear is one of the most self-expressive forms of popular fashion. Bright colors and bold designs make streetwear apparel some of the most interesting pieces on the market today.

Starting in California in the early ’80s, the DIY graffiti look spread from California like wildfire into other subcultures. It was evident in punk style in the Midwest, Harlem’s budding hip hop culture and, on the other side of the world, becoming the epitome of fashion in Japan.

Since the very beginning, hats have been an essential part of streetwear and have become synonymous with the culture. Get inspired by the stories of these iconic and upcoming streetwear brands and the hat styles they have helped propel into the spotlight.

Embroidered Ilthy Hat example

 

Yupoong One Ten Snapback

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How to Design for White Ink

Combined with colored paper stocks, white ink is one of the coolest ways to take your designs in a new direction. Use this fifth color to create truly unique designs and effects.

But, unless you’re used to using white ink, some of these techniques might seem a bit illusive. Fear not! We’ve got some great examples of white ink being used in designs and some insights about how to use it.

If you’ve already created a white ink design, pop over to our tutorial on how to set up your Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator files for printing.

To get a firsthand view into how designers are leveraging white ink, we sat down with designer and illustrator Nick Matej of downtimecollective.com.

White As A Fifth Color

Reindeer White Ink GIF

 

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10 Creative Designs Using Embroidery

Embroidery is a unique and creative way to add special details to all kinds of apparel and accessories! With unique threads and effects to enhance designs, embroidery is becoming more and more popular. Here are some artists and designers who are trying new ways to use embroidery in their work:

 

5 panel metallic embroidery example1. Designer Fitted Hawaii worked with New Era to create these printed 5 Panel hats. The embroidery uses silver metallic, as well as solid colored thread, to create the shark design. They aren’t the only brand featuring them, 5 Panel hats are major staples for today’s hottest designers.

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Design Spotlight:BBP Partners / Vita Visuals

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

Sending out holiday cards can be surprisingly tricky. No one wants their cards to feel contrived, lost in a huge pile of generic, Happy-Holiday wishes. Recently Vita Visual and BBP Partners teamed up to create a piece that is sure to leave a lasting impression with their clients. Continue Reading…

Design Spotlight: Chickpea Magazine

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

Based out of Rochester, NY, Chickpea Magazine is a community-based, seasonal magazine that takes submissions for vegan recipes, personal stories related to veganism, how-to’s and guides, beautiful photography, intriguing artwork, and whatever else they come up with!

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