Streetwear is booming in the US, with the sneaker resale industry alone earning $1bn in sales last year (Financial Times, 2015). Featuring hybridised spaces for fan-communities, a run of LA concepts and an appointment-only destination for women, we select the brightest US stores catering to the sector upsurge.
Los Angeles is a key hot spot for launches, offering comfortable territory for native brands easing their way into bricks-and-mortar commerce close to home. It also attracts retail newcomers – such as Canadian rapper Drake – looking to trade on the city’s reputation as the birthplace of surf and skate culture.
See also LA Retail Openings: Spring 2016.
The son of a former basketball star launched his own sneaker shop, while an American football player reopened a local sneakerhead favourite, complete with a shrine to the athletes that inspired the NY-based culture.