Check how stylist Nigo reinterpreted varsity jackets.
Probably, you have seen the I Know Nigo logo on those jackets worn by celebrities such as Pusha-T, Lil Uzi Vert, A$AP Rocky, and a few others. But the question is, why is this piece still a thing in 2022?
Over the years, streetwear built its aesthetic based on some iconic statements.
From countercultures, going through timeless pieces and innovative takes on design, some essentials were like foundations for people who follow the street code when it comes to being well-dressed.
Without a doubt, varsity jackets are among those icons, and the Japanese DJ, designer, and producer Nigo has been a huge ambassador of the trend.
You've possibly seen the stylist himself wearing his Human Made x Girls Don't Cry bomber before. Aside from him, names like Tyler, The Creator wear customized versions of the piece with their names embroidered on it.
It has been a safe choice in street style for years, but always in different iterations. In recent years, the piece couldn't reject the high-end touch that would put it on the runways.
After all, the Hedi Slimane x Saint Laurent Teddy jacket quickly became a wardrobe staple.
That move was followed with perfection by other big names, like Virgil Abloh, who designed a huge amount of full leather varsities under Louis Vuitton and contemporary wool models for Off-White.
And we couldn't talk about it without mentioning the Jacob & Co x Highsnobiety collaboration or the Japanese flair that Visvim adds to the classic silhouette.
All of the major streetwear brands were inspired by the authentic college look, including Stussy and Supreme, which have taken the sci-fi animation Aeon Flux as inspo for a wool and cowhide leather-themed jacket for its SS '22 collection.
In the new players section, Black Angels in Flight receives an honorable mention. The brand worked on an unfailing leather-sleeved take which was even worn by Nas in the music video for Wave Gods.
Names and takes that shape contemporary street style are found here.