Hip hop culture is bigger than it’s ever been. The same can be said of hip clothing. What 20 years ago was a very small sub-culture has now gone world wide. So whether you are young or old, it pays to know who a few of the most important designers of hip hop fashion are.
Many hip hop designers are also artists and/or producers of this kind of music as well. Some designers focus on men’s clothes, some on women’s, and some have lines for both women and men, as well as for children. There are accessories and shoes by some of the designers as well.
Some of the most popular clothing lines created by rock and roll artists/producers are as follows-
Sean John- This line was created by Sean Combs, or P. Diddy, or Puff Daddy, or Diddy. Whichever name he is going by this year, his clothing line remains a very popular men’s hip hop line, which is extensive and includes casual and dress options, as well as a line for big and tall men, and a line for boys.
Phat Farm- was created by Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons, and also includes a boy’s as well as a big and tall line. Phat Farm is more on the casual side. There are some button-up shirts, but mostly the line consists of the hip clothing styles like staples, jeans, nice tees, hoodies, caps and white sneakers.
Baby Phat- Is the sister to Phat Farm, designed by Russell’s now ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons. This hip clothing line is for women, both juniors and plus sizes, and girls. There are casual options like shorts and tees, or more dressy skirts, dresses and tops. Kimora also provides accessory, handbag, makeup, and shoe options.
Rocawear- Is also a hip hop clothing staple, designed by rapper/producer extraordinaire Jay-Z. Jay’s line includes women and men, as well as children. There are plus size and big and tall options as well. Rocawear also makes accessories, shoes, hats, and fragrances.
Apple Bottoms- Are designed by rapper/producer Nelly for women in mind. There is no men’s line. What there is is a fabulous clothing line in casual and dress options for women of all shapes and sizes. Apple Bottoms are specifically designed to be figure friendly for women with curves. Nelly also offers footwear and accessories.
This is just part of the list of hip artists/producer-run clothing lines. Consider it a snippet of the most popular brands. These are the brands that have been around the longest, or have influenced fashion the most recently.
The prices of hip-hop clothing are generally affordable, though may be a little pricey for some. However, you can still get the same quality, but pay less for your trendy clothing by getting it either on clearance, or through a discount store on the internet. You can often pay a fraction of the original price by getting last seasons clothes. So whether you are searching for one piece, or an entire wardrobe, you should be able to find what you are looking for.