Need Dystopian Hippie Sartorial Advice
September 8, 2021 12:53 PM   Subscribe

Lately I've been captivated by cyberpunk, Dune-movie-ish, Japanese tactical-looking street wear, or hippie harem pants and want to know where to look to find it. If it's flowy, baggy, tight at the ankles and black, so much the better. Brands I already know about: Demobaza, Schnittmuskel, Urban Society. But those are inspirations for what I'm on about here.
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (21 answers total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
Definitely check out Rick Owens. Ann Demeulemeester also.
posted by thebots at 1:07 PM on September 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

Best answer: my wife very much likes to subscribe to this aesthetic and she enjoys stalking sales at December Thieves (local Boston store. Staff are lovely. They got her into Demobaza) and Shop Untitled (NY. Also very good, helpful staff people). 139DEC is another designer that she's been into.
posted by bl1nk at 1:23 PM on September 8, 2021

Best answer: Mdnt45.
posted by erst at 1:28 PM on September 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Acronym clothing
posted by Babblesort at 1:33 PM on September 8, 2021 [2 favorites]

They're expensive and you might have to dig around, but perhaps Verillas!
posted by Occula at 1:33 PM on September 8, 2021 [3 favorites]

Snow Peak mostly makes outdoorsy stuff, but when they make clothes, especially when they collaborate with other companies (e.g. Tokyo Design Studio, Danner, New Balance) they sometimes hits these notes.

Mostly sandals, but maybe Suicoke too.

(For better or for worse, these are generally expensive, produced in really small runs, and gobbled up by Hypebeast/Stockx types.)
posted by box at 2:06 PM on September 8, 2021

Elhoffer Design has the flowy black harem pants you might be looking for. They are very comfortable.
posted by Maeve at 2:30 PM on September 8, 2021

posted by sacrifix at 2:31 PM on September 8, 2021

Noctex (house brand, not the other brands they seem to be carrying now), Helvak, Crisiswear, and Minoar may all fit the bill, at a range of price points. Maybe Blackwell for stuff on the simpler side.
posted by babelfish at 3:34 PM on September 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

Forgotten Tribes, especially the Urban section.
posted by penguin pie at 4:32 PM on September 8, 2021 [1 favorite]

Guerrilla Group
posted by Jobst at 4:36 PM on September 8, 2021

Best answer: You are looking for Tobi pants! (Not Tobi Pants) Lots of different producers, and I can't recommend any in particular since I used to make my own (many of the photos that come up when you search "tobi pants" are actually Lastwear Steeplejacks, and I was a part of that company when it still existed.)
posted by Jawn at 4:46 PM on September 8, 2021

Marcella has stuff that fits your vibe, and I can vouch for the quality ...
posted by larthegreat at 6:59 PM on September 8, 2021 [2 favorites]

I've had good luck with Mugen Soul. (I'm actually kind of annoyed by the tacticalness of so much of their stuff, which isn't really my style. But, their more casual stuff has been well made and properly sized.)
posted by eotvos at 7:54 PM on September 8, 2021

Rosen? I also enjoy founder Gracia Ventus’ writing.
posted by fabius at 4:49 AM on September 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

Marigold Shadows
posted by Waiting for Pierce Inverarity at 9:38 AM on September 9, 2021

posted by DelusionsofGrandeur at 10:33 AM on September 9, 2021

Best answer: Uniden Online has a lot of great stuff, although some of it is a little expensive and definitely leans more techy and less hippie. The guy who runs it has a techwear YouTube channel that also has a lot of great info on styling and purchasing techwear. This is Antwon is another techwear YouTuber I like.

On the name brand front, Helmut Lang and All Saints usually have pieces that fit this bill, and they're a little more affordable (comparatively, anyway) than some of the other high fashion brands. If you are looking into the high fashion route, sometimes you can find good deals on Poshmark and ThredUp, although it'll definitely be a bit of a caveat emptor situation re: authenticity. There's also The Real Real, but I've heard they're in a bit of hot water over their verification process, so you may well be rolling the dice there too.

Honestly, Muji might also be worth a look. Some of their pieces definitely fit this aesthetic, they're super affordable compared to the high fashion options and everything I've gotten from them has been very well made.

Also, I did an ask awhile back that has a bit of overlap with your question—the main takeaway is that the search term "lagenlook" is a good one for finding clothes with that post-apocalyptic minimalist hippie vibe.
posted by helloimjennsco at 12:02 PM on September 9, 2021 [1 favorite]

Oh yeah, also Nutsa Modebadze - mostly shoe and accessory focused but her (very small) garment line definitely seems to fit here.

Some decent mid-price things:
Primordial is Primitive - knits are very nice
Pal Offner
Minoar, already mentioned above, many things are a little OTT but her basics are good, very nice construction and high quality for the price point.

If you like Demobaza you might also like Barbara i Gongini - her garments are also a little OTT at times but sustainably made and from what I have seen very well constructed.
posted by remembrancer at 12:27 PM on September 9, 2021

The Guardian just published a story on this style of fashion. Interestingly I saw it in their "Coronavirus" topic feed.

Dystopia-core: what is the new pandemic-era punk look?
posted by sincarne at 4:28 AM on January 17, 2022

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