Detroit's Iconic Photographer: VUHLANDES

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Detroit's Iconic Photographer: VUHLANDES

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Detroit Vs. The World!

When you think of Detroit what really comes to mind? Rather than 8 mile, Tee Grizzley, or Dex Osama? Does photography even spark your mind when Detroit is brought up into a conversation? Maybe not, so now we're here to recognize & prophesize the youngest & hardest working photographer who goes by the name of VUHLANDES. His name stands extremely strong in the underground scene by the immense amount of work he's done for countless clients. These clients include names such as, FTP ZAC, HUF, BORNXRAISED, VICE & many more. Don't just acknowledge his phenomenal shots he's created for these top notch streetwear brands, his ability to capture an image is far more than unique he has a sense of creativity that is unreachable to anybody from his hometown. After reading about VUHLANDES frustration regarding the lack of exposure from severals blogs, we couldn't possibly pass up on the opportunity to praise his passion towards photography. Having no other choice than to give VUHLANDES the spotlight he deserves, we only wish the best of luck to what is soon to be a legend in the making from a city where very few have made it out from! Take a look at the authenticity & pure imagery from the Detroit protege:

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H33M F/W 17 "INTERGALACTIC FUNK"

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H33M F/W 17 "INTERGALACTIC FUNK"

New York & Los Angeles Vs. The World!

The Brooklyn-based streetwear brand H33M is back supplying their loyal customers with another flawless drop for the fall season that is named "INTERGALACTIC FUNK". With 15 items to choose from, ranging from tees, hoodies, anoraks, longsleeves & even some pants it's safe to say that if you don't cop from this drop then you're snoozing so hard cause every piece is pure fire! The creator also threw in ceramic mugs for any of his customers that are big coffee drinkers. Take a look below at a few shots from the lookbook & pick out which one is your favorite so you can cop that exact piece!

SHOP BELOW & ENJOY: 

www.h33minc.com

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CONTRADASH: A GRAPHIC DESIGNER IN THE SHADOWS

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CONTRADASH: A GRAPHIC DESIGNER IN THE SHADOWS

Contra Vs. The World!

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You might be asking yourself why a state or city isn't mentioned on our "Vs. World" title. Well this up and coming artist who goes by the names "ContraDash" or "Contra" is very recluse. Even after extensive research, I still couldn't find any key information such as his name, where he lives, even his age. All that aside, that doesn't take away from this guys amazing artistic ability. On his very well designed website that showcases all of his art, he has artwork credits from superstars by the likes of Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Chief Keef, Desiigner, XXXTENTACION, Pro Era, Ski Mask The Slump God, Gucci Mane, A$AP Ferg, just to name a few. 

On top of all the cover art, illustrations, promotional art, etc., Contra has even cooked up his own durags. "47 Rags" is a project by Contra that is now being modeled by Pro Era's frontrunner, Joy Bada$$. With the popularity of Contra's artwork growing by the second, I cannot wait to see what else he cooks up for us.

Vists Contra's website to check out the rest of his work here.

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Ty Hudson Presents "Live Free or Die"

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Ty Hudson Presents "Live Free or Die"

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Houston Vs. The World!

If you're from Houston, Texas names that come to mind are probably legends Lil FlipPimp C, and Travis Scott, but Ty Hudson or Foggy will be a name that will be circulating around very soon! The 19 year old photographer had a brief hiatus during the summer of 2017 because his camera got stolen, but he's finally back with his first shoot (and it's good one!) Foggy teams up with Cleveland native and rapper, Teedo Gambino to create "Live Free or DIe", a deep dive into Ty's creative direction. On top of the new photography, Foggy is a talented screenwriter with short films coming soon! "I'm taking over the winter." I can't wait to see what he has in store.

LOOK AT " LIVE FREE OR DIE" BELOW:

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DRYDURAGS: SOUTH FLORIDA'S NOTORIOUS GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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DRYDURAGS: SOUTH FLORIDA'S NOTORIOUS GRAPHIC DESIGNER

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Miami Vs. The World!

DRYDURAGS is a household name to almost every teenager in South Florida right now. This is because of his eye-catching hand drawn designs that he exposes freely to the internet through his twitter/instagram. If you are familiar with DURAGS then you'd know he's done work for many of your favorite underground artists & even mainstream freelance work. From A$AP Mob to Migos to Tyler The Creator he's done it all when it comes to creating artwork drawn by none other than himself! There is no doubt he is extremely talented & on the verge to success, he's taken his talents as far as clothing which has been serving him & his fans well from selling out almost immediately. The support has been in DURAGS favor & it'll only get better from this point on, do yourself a favor & give this guy the spotlight he needs for his astounding art!

Follow DRYDURAGS on Twitter/Instagram: @CafeConHidrys & @DRYDURAGS

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Virgil Abloh and Nike Announce "The Ten" Collection

Rockford Vs. The World!

Virgil Abloh, American designer and Off-White's founder has been teasing reconstructed Nike sneakers he's made such as Blazer, Air Jordan 1, and Air Presto, but early this morning all our wishes were granted when Nike confirmed the upcoming partnership. 

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Nike revealed that there are 10 sneakers in total (hence the name "The Ten") being designed by Virgil with 2 different themes. "The first, 'REVEALING,' was designed to look accessible: hand-cut, open-source and reconstructed. It includes the Air Jordan I, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Air Presto, Nike Air VaporMax and Nike Blazer Mid. The second, 'GHOSTING,' was designed with translucent uppers to further the idea of revealing and unite the second set of silhouettes through common material. It includes the Converse Chuck Taylor, Nike Zoom Fly SP, Nike Air Force 1 Low, Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 and Nike Air Max 97."

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Virgil's drive and unbelievable pace led to one of Nike's fastest collaborations to date. The genius behind Off-White was able to complete 10 different silhouettes in 10 months. With the release of these beautiful sneakers upon us, I can't wait to see what these look like in hand. Read the full Nike newsletter here.

 

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Cole Bennett: The Underground's Favorite Director

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Cole Bennett: The Underground's Favorite Director

Plano Vs. The World!

Known for shooting and directing the latest music videos for huge underground stars such as Famous Dex, Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, CHXPO, Xavier Wulf, Lil Tracy, among others, Cole Bennett has been grinding hard to make sure his voice is heard. Creator of Lyrical Lemonade, a Chicago based platform for all creatives, Cole has been dedicated to his filming and editing ever since he was in high school. The vibrant and lively aesthetic Cole provides paved the way for many up & coming editors.

Originally from Plano, Illinois, Cole was inspired by the Chicago rap scene led by Chief Keef, Lil Bibby, and King Louie which really pushed him to learn to edit his own shots. Over the years, Cole has been able to shoot for artists all over the country and really expand his brand. This past Friday Cole hosted the 2017 Lyrical Lemonade Summer Bash at Portage Theatre in Chicago, the place that gave him such huge inspiration. The show headlined underground superstars Ugly God, Ski Mask The Slump God, and Famous Dex while giving up and comers Lucki, Warhol.ss, and CHXPO the spotlight too. Cole Bennett and Lyrical Lemonade are really supportive of the underground and the people who follow them respect it. I know the UsVersusWorld Team does. We can't wait to see what other crazy shit Cole has in store for us. We'll all be patiently waiting!

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Izaiha McKinnly Hlaisi

Charlotte Vs. The World!

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Izaiha McKinnly or IMH is one of my favorite artists out right now. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Izaiha is one of the most talented people I've ever met from my city. His original graphics are some of the best I've ever seen. His abstract style is something I've really taken a liking to. The wide color pallet he incorporates and cartoonish drawing style is something I'm also a big fan of.

"Agitated" 

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"Smoking Ace"

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"Emo Man" 

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IMH makes much more than just these incredible graphics, he also is the creator of "Pocket Lint", an up and coming brand out of San Antonio, Texas. From very detailed embroidery, to vibrant graphics, Izaiha does it all. IMH has been making so much noise that he was even noticed by Brand New Magazine. He most recently previewed an all white hoodie with a light pink logo embroidered on the left chest.  The same light pink is featured on the zippers which accents the logo perfectly.

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At such a young age, Izaiha has huge potential to be one of the most talked about independent artists in the coming years. We're all rooting for you! Check out the homie on Instagram (@yungimh) for more amazing art. I can't wait to see what he has in store next. 

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Gnarcotic Caleb - An Artist That Is Taking Over 2017

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Gnarcotic Caleb - An Artist That Is Taking Over 2017

Atlanta Vs. The World!

If you haven't heard about Gnarcotic Caleb and his upcoming brand Gnarcotic, you need to stop sleeping immediately. Coming from Atlanta, Georgia, Caleb has quickly gained notice from Lil Yachty and Pouya. On top of notable celebrities wearing his clothes, the young artist has already had collaborations with $uicideBoy$, Tyler Grosso, and Hollow Squad leader, Xavier Wulf. 

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Lil Yachty for Gnarcotic

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Lil Yachty for Gnarcotic

The young artist is most known for is cut and sew jobs on multiple camouflage pants and shirts, but Caleb's brand is much more than that. With the Fall and Winter seasons right around the corner I am really excited to see what he has in store next.

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Tyler Grosso: SuperrRadical Mastermind and A$AP Yams Protege

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Tyler Grosso: SuperrRadical Mastermind and A$AP Yams Protege

Charlotte Vs. The World!

Tyler Grosso is from my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina and has been an inspiration to me for a few good years. Grosso received a job offer from the late legend A$AP Yams, founder of the Harlem hip-hop collective A$AP Mob through a Facebook messege. Grosso dropped everything and moved to New York City in 2012 with a few hundred dollars in his pocket. Such a spontaneous move for Tyler, but we all know that it paid off in the long run. For over 3 years, Tyler worked closely with members of the Mob, learning from icons such as A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. Grosso was much more than Yam's assistant. He was Yam's right hand man, his best friend. And Yams was much more than Tyler's boss. He was a mentor to him. 

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After Yam's untimely death in January of 2015, Tyler parted ways with the Mob to pursue his own streetwear brand Superrradical. The minimalism and griminess of each graphic and wide color pallet has propelled Tyler's clothing brand to have a cult-like following with releases/drops selling out within the first few hours. The best thing about Superrradical is that is truly genuine. Tyler explains in a Billboard interview that Superrradical is "a mood board of my emotions, what I love and what I hate, how I feel, everything. Every collection and every article of clothing I do is a representation of what I'm currently feeling." That is a beautiful thing. I believe that is why many gravitate towards Tyler and his work. He's not afraid of displaying his true emotion. He shows his fans all sides of him.

With Tyler releasing a red, white, and blue tie-dye t-shirt with his iconic Bart Simpson graphic for Independence Day, fans have been clamoring to acquire the coveted piece. It's been less than 24 hours and it's already gone. Love to see a Charlotte native succeed. We're all rooting for you Tyler!

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CruWelf : A Story Never Told

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CruWelf : A Story Never Told

Charlotte Vs. The World! 

Starting in only 2014, Cruwelf has became one of the most notorious underground clothing brands in the U.S today (real shit, check the accolades my guy). The brand originally formed it's base around conspiracies like JFK but that was only short lived fun.

The originator (Braze), grew up on music & wrestling like any other 90s kid except he took the cultural influence a step further. The First official drops were the KennedyMax B & Stone Cold Steve Austin Pieces (which sold surprisingly well for a first drop). This moment was viewed as opportunity and individuals such as SpaceGhostpurrp and A$AP Yams(R.I.P) assisted with the brands direction in the beginning. People claim you need a strong following to prosper in this fashion shit but Cru is more of a belief, and every shirt is damn near rare. 

Cruwelf has been rocked by ATL Smook, Ron$oCold , Kane Grocery's , UnoTheActivist , Fauni, Joey Fatts and so many more that it's nearly impossible to fit every name into this write up. Their most recent drops was the Biggie Tribute "ready to ride" tee which is still currently available on the website https://cruwelf.net 

Air Force Ones dropping this summer too , but you're not ready for that.

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Adam22 and No Jumper: The Underground's Favorite Podcast

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Adam22 and No Jumper: The Underground's Favorite Podcast

New Hampshire Vs. The World!

Adam Grandmaison, or as most people call him "Adam22" or "onsomeshit" has paved the way for many underground artists. Coming from a BMX background, Adam has turned his past into one of the most popular podcast YouTube channels of all time. 

Despite his long love for hip-hop, the No Jumper podcast was merely an accident. Adam started doing BMX podcasts, but one of the early episodes with friend and underground legend Xavier Wulf, blew up. In under 3 years, Adam has amassed over 660,000 subscribers on his No Jumper YouTube channel and has interviewed artists such has Lil Yachty, Famous Dex, Smokepurpp, Lil Tracy, Ugly God, Pouya, XXXtentacion, among many others. 

Despite the crudeness of Adam's jokes, his sincerity is what separates himself from the crowd. Opening himself up to his loving fanbase, Adam has talked about his problem with Xanax and dealing drugs. He isn't afraid to show all sides of himself (as seen in his daily vlogs). Although Adam may look menacing on the outside, he just wants to blow up and be successful just like any other business man. He's already been on a full fledged tour with Lil Pump and Smokepurpp, so the opportunities are endless. “I want to keep doing big tours, but I’m not dying to take big-name rappers, just the underground dudes we’ve had on the podcast." Adam has a love for the underground and the entire UsVersusWorld team salutes him for it. We all expect big things from him and it makes me smile to see all the exposure he brings to artists people may not know about. Keep up the good work. We'll all be watching.

Check out his latest interview with child rapper sensation Matt Ox below:

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The Rise of A$AP Bari and Vlone

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The Rise of A$AP Bari and Vlone

Harlem Vs. The World!

A$AP Bari, the mind behind the very popular clothing brand Vlone has been on a hot streak with all their releases. From the "FRIENDS-" collection, the Off-White collaboration, the Vlone Air Force Ones made by Nike Lab, or Bari's most recent collaborative effort with Hiroshi Fujiwara and Japanese streetwear brand, Fragment Design, Vlone has been on top of the game for the past year. In past months, Vlone has been exposing their grimy aesthetic to the world with pop-up shops in Paris, Florida, Japan, New York, California, among other huge cities, states, and even countries.

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Bari has been grinding since the early 2010's, making original graphics based on the "live alone, die alone" motif. "It’s more of a lifestyle..." Bari says to Alex Banks, a writer for Highsnobniety. "We want it to be something where you wake up and you wear that because that’s how you’re feeling. 'I don’t want to take this T-shirt off for three months' type of shit. So, that’s always my vibe, and how I approach anything that I do." With that in mind, the Vlone fan base is unbelievable. The cult-like love these kids have for Bari and his work is unmatched. At every pop-up shop, at every event these fans will be lined up for blocks just to get a look at the hyped up merchandise.

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With the wild success of Vlone, Bari has been branching out from the regular t-shirt and hoodie wave. Bari is making bomber jackets, leather parkas, hooded flannels, tote bags, and even jumpsuits. At the rate Bari is going, Vlone is here to stay.

Check out all of Bari's recent creations with Fragment Design here. 

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Justin Boyd from Long Beach, California

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Justin Boyd from Long Beach, California

Long Beach Vs. The World!

The self made photographer/creative director out of long beach who is not to be fucked with!

Proving day by day that a mere "job" will soon be a thing of the past. At only 18, Justin Boyd, knows how to deliver the saucy quality shots that are more much more than the average colors and angles you're used to (if you're used to colors and angles). 

This photographer has a colorful mind and you can tell he loves to express it through excellent quality art in picture format. He is also the main photographer for HYPLAND as well as their creative director. How cool does that sound? At only 18...what are you doing?

IF you decide you want to know more about Justin Boyd, you can follow his social media @JBOYDVISUALS. Who knows, you probably have already shot with him.

When you view these images, visualize more than photos on a screen but a frozen moment in time in which some cool shit happened and this man was able to catch it all from start to finish. 

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006 Set Sweatsuits ARE On The Way

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006 Set Sweatsuits ARE On The Way

Charlotte Vs. The World!

We all know The 006 Set is known for making good music. With members such as Frais, Fendi Benz, and Jay Storm 006 has made a name for themselves as one of the premiere rap collectives from Charlotte, North Carolina. With all the talent on their roster, the set is branching out this year with some crazy sweatsuits for the summer and fall seasons. Frais, Fetti, and Fendi have previewed an all white hoodie and matching track pants with 3M accenting with "006Set" printed all throughout the hoodie and pants. Although 006 Set isn't know for their designs, fans and lovers of clothing alike cannot wait for these suits to drop. With no set release date, the set has already put out the website where you can purchase these with email notifications, so you know exactly when the site launches. I need to get my hands on this dope ass suit and hopefully I will. Get notified of when the suits go up for sale at fuckyouniggas.com

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Kaws Companion: Blush

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Kaws Companion: Blush

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Many collectors could tell you about the KAWS Companion figurines. The timeless and irreplaceable shape of the toy and many colorways, iterations, and poses leave fans wanting more. This time it's no different. Kaws comes back with yet another figure with a full body and flayed version. The figures feature a light and fleshy "Blush" colorway that is unlike anything Kaws has done before. Originally these limited figures were going to be sold at the artist's event, "Where The End Starts", but now Kaws decided to launch a mailing list on his official website for die hard fans. This mailing list will keep these fans posted for all details and most importantly, the official release date.

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Fernando Rangel

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Fernando Rangel

Michigan Vs. The World!

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Currently residing in LA, Fernando Rangel is an upcoming designer who strikes me off as intriguing. Fernando, started off as a YouTuber and reviewed his latest clothing pickups. Fernando bought numerous  clothing brands and designers such as Cav Empt, Palace Midnight Studios (Shane Gonzales), Off-White (Virgil Abloh), Supreme, etc. and must have found inspiration within the garments he purchased. With his last season, Fernando put together dark and gloomy images behind uplifting phrases such as "Keep On Moving". I'm definitely a fan of his pieces so I would recommend checking out his collection at https://www.fernando-rangel.com/collections/productall.

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TheUsusalSuspect

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TheUsusalSuspect

Brooklyn Vs. The World!

The name speaks for itself. A brand that represents the lifestyle of those individuals that are stereotyped and identified as outlaws and criminals.

This brand is for the people who only wanted that Mango Arizona from the 711 but couldn't leave without being accused of shoplifting, this is for you.  "A brand that speaks to those who came from and understood what the "usual suspect" lifestyle is like but managed to escape and better themselves." - Daniel Baptiste (owner of @the.usualsuspect). 

Every small aspect of this brand has purpose, especially the notorious ski mask, which represents the idea of an actual criminal. As they continue to push through the summer, look out for some new designs and future events (hosted by @the.usualsuspect.) DON' FORGET THAT F/W '17 DROP EITHER.  

Follow their instagram (@the.ususalsuspect) and peep the website http://theusualsuspect.bigcartel.com/products

 

 

 

 

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Divergent Films: The ingenious production company of Charlotte N.C

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Divergent Films: The ingenious production company of Charlotte N.C

Charlotte Versus The World!

Divergent films; The production team based out of Charlotte N.C that refuses to go unnoticed! The new era art scene has almost everyone believeing that photography & videography is pretty fucking easy...it's not. 

The primary focus of Divergent Films is to capture memorable moments through both photos and digital film, as well as take any idea you were possibly conjuring up and turn it into a quality visual. With an interesting name like "Divergent films", one would think the name has some sort of deep meaning but in reality they simply represent unity and assisting others in the field of all things creative. 

Finally the goal of Divergent Films is to create an innovational family/brand of various creative artist such as, photographers, editors, models, actors, etc. where everyone benefits from each other's individual talent while also achieving goals for the brand and for the highest good of all. 

Social media game crazy though...Follow @divergentmfilms_ on Instagram as well as twitter, AND peep the website (http://www.wearedivergentfilms.com)

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Imran Moosvi: Your Favorite Bootlegger

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Imran Moosvi: Your Favorite Bootlegger

New Jersey Vs. The World!

Imran Moosvi (known by the name @imran_potato on Instagram and Twitter) is a New Jersey native who takes customization to a whole new level. At only 22 years old, Imran creates some of the dopest shit in streetwear. Using fabrics and leathers in very obscure ways, Imran designs sweatpants, collared shirts, jerseys, Mac Book skins, and even baby's clothes with designs and logos from very well known and sought-after designers such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Many people know him for his crazy Air Force 1's with faux-designer panelling, but there is so much more. In a recent interview with Fader, Imran explained how he finds a lot of the fabric for his creations in the oddest spots. "I went to Turkey and bought scarves and bags from this big bazaar, and cut up all the fabric. I find a lot of my fabric in random places — but if anyone wants to look and find it, it’s easy to find."

With all this social media buzz, celebrities such as Ian Connor, Tyga, YG, Lil Yachty, George Lopez, Lil Fetti, Bloody Osiris, among others have been seen with his designer babies and in his garments. Imran just put his well known Louis Vuitton baby named "Dumpy" on imransadoptioncenter.com and despite the $200 price tag, they sold effortlessly. Fans are really riding Imran's wave and there is a good reason. The pieces he makes are amazing, That's just a fact. I cannot wait to see what Imran has in store next.

Check out his creations on his Instagram: @imran_potato

 

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