Illicit Bloc began with two brothers whose interest in fashion took them on a journey in which they saw a high-end streetwear label brought into existence. Although their time in the industry so far has been short, the attention attracted by the label makes it likely that we will be seeing them around for a while. Luckily, we were able to send some questions their way, this is what we found out.
So who is leading ILLICIT BLOC at the moment?"Two brothers (Arran, Josh Stewart) with a passion for retrofits and streetwear. It sounds very cliche but Our aim is to combine high-end fashion with streetwear that is affordable also appealing to the masses."
What first got you into creating designs for garments?"We are both into our art & design and ever since we can remember have both been into our fashion. Josh has always been talented at drawing/designs and photoshop and I have always had a huge interest in fashion, fits and trends, so naturally, we put our heads together one day and started drawing up ideas for logos, names and designs. We would find ourselves going shopping and having a strong image in our head of what we wanted to buy but found ourselves let down by the over-saturated male high street market. So, we saw a genuine gap in the market for a brand. We just thought, If we couldn't find it we could create it."
Who are your biggest inspirations when it comes to creating?"We are inspired by the likes of Jerry Lorenzo, Virgil Abloh and aAlexander Wang. Jerry Lorenzo because he created such a strong unique image with the oversized fits mixed with the sports culture. He managed to incorporate sportswear with high-end fashion and create a trend that took off globally, so you gotta love that. We're also big fans of Virgil Abloh and Alexander Wang mainly for their collaberations with the likes of nike, adidas and even H&M, their minimalistic approach to fashion definitely taught us that less can sometimes mean more."
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