Over the last decade HYPEBEAST has become one of the best-known men's fashion, gear and stuff sites on the web, yet were surprised how few people know about its truly impressive print magazine.
Before we saw it we couldn't have anticipated the magazine's impressive, almost forensic approach to detailing brands and production. It features informed, in-depth interviews with genuinely interesting and often behind-the-scenes movers, and the numerous photo-shoots throughout each issue are superb.
About Issue 32, from the publisher:
Hypebeast Magazine #32 is dubbed The Fever Issue for a very particular reason: the designers, artists and creatives spotlighted in its pages either lean into the feverish pace and unrelenting intensity of our current cultural climate, or disregard it completely — instead opting for an anachronistic ethos that stands in stark contrast to the cultural fever.
UNDERCOVER founder, creative polymath and cover star Jun Takahashi falls in the latter group, as he’s been painting for a decade but is only now revealing his artwork to the public. One of his signature faceless portraits can be seen on the cover, and inside the magazine, there’s a wide-ranging conversation with him about his creative process, what made him decide to share his paintings with the world after a decade of artwork anonymity, and how making art informs his unique perspective.
Also spotlighted in the photos above is Paris Texas, the Los Angeles-based rap group. Members Louie Pastel and Felix describe their sound as “over-caffeinated,” an apt label that’s proven by their boisterous back-and-forth banter and good-natured sh*t talking across their interview. THUG CLUB founder Yeong Min Cho, one of Korea’s foremost iconoclasts, riffs on how he’s riding the hallyu wave on his own terms as well as the viral success his brand’s garments have enjoyed, while the one-two punch of Small Talk Studio founders Nick Williams and Phil Ayers discuss the process behind their story-filled, hand-illustrated garments as well as their plans for expansion. Filipino-British hatmaker Benny Andallo shares his mission to “crown you” with his bespoke hats and also shows off a selection of his favorite designs, while we explore the evolution behind London-based brand Mowalola and its founder Mowalola Ogunlesi talks about shining a spotlight on her Nigerian heritage with her provocative designs.
The Fever Issue also spotlights Karu Research, Metalwood Studio, Citi Bike Boyz, Shy’s Burgers, Peter Sutherland, Emma Stern, Matthew Burgess, the McGloughlin Brothers, Jon Rafman and others.