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5 Russian Streetwear Brands That Should Be On Your Radar

Straight From The Streets of St. Petersburg & Moscow

Drawing inspiration from the underground scenes and rave subcultures of St. Petersburg & Moscow, we take a look at 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar.

Over the past decade, Russia has developed into a streetwear hub by introducing many trends and styles that trickled their way from the runway onto the shelves of trendy Western retailers. Russia wasn’t internationally recognized for fashion until Moscow designer Gosha Rubchinskiy and Soviet Demna Gvasalia (Creative Director of brands like Balenciaga, Co-Founder of Vetements) burst on the scene. Rubchinskiy’s collections drew inspiration from his hometown’s cultural and political history, by incorporating aesthetics and textiles that existed during the cold war. These collections popularized uniform-like outfits that included T-shirts with Cyrillic slogans, football scarves, cropped jeans, and sportswear brands, worn together with higher-end luxury streetwear. The success of Rubchinsky and Demna Gvasalia of Vetements brought huge attention to the so-called “Post-Soviet”style. As the current Russian streetwear scene draws inspiration from its successful predecessors, underground music, skating, and rave subcultures we take a look at 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar.

Bat Norton

Russian Streetwear Brands Bat Norten
Above: 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar #1 Bat Norten

A streetwear brand that stems from an interesting background in St. Petersburg is Bat Norton. The Russian streetwear brand originally started out as a webshop in 2011 and within 3 years had become one of Russia’s hottest designer brands. Started by Dmitriy and Valeriy who met at the Batste Norton in 2009 which influenced their name and overall brand the brand now boasts stores across both Moscow & St. Petersburg. Their collections resemble a minimal monochromatic look, giving off a ghetto gothic/cyberpunk aesthetic with techwear inspired silhouettes across everything from robes to multi-layer Japanese style hoodies.

Outlaw Moscow

Russian Streetwear Brands Outlaw Moscow
Above: 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar #2 Outlaw Moscow

Under the leadership of Di Minrakhmanova and Maxim Bashkaev, Outlaw Moscow has gained international popularity since its first launch in 2014. Outlaw’s skiwear-themed attire features a sophisticated, wintery minimalism that rejects the flashiness we associate with high-end gear, specializing in high-quality bomber jackets, boots, military vests, and coats. Their sporty and sleek avant-garde designs stand as an expression of the Russian streetwear scene and have grown into something larger than a retail brand. Outlaw’s most notable collaboration was with Puma in 2019, consisting of bomber jackets, tracksuits, accessories and even a double-sided kimono. The Trailfox Graphic sneakers were the release’s main attraction, and immediately sold out. Even the London Grime MC, Skepta, is a fan. Highlights from their latest collection includes everything from sovereign rings to Cyrillic logo hand dyed sweatshirts.

Sputnik 1985

Russian Streetwear Brands Sputnik 1985
Above: 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar #3 Sputnik 1985

Everyone loves a brand with humble beginnings, whether that be screen printed graphic tees to a classic DIY feel. Founder Sergei Pahotin started producing T-shirts out of his friends basement, but as the brand took off moved to his own workshop, allowing him to expand his collections into more than graphic t-shirts. Sputnik relays abrasive and ironic statements in each of their collections such as “the city is a scary force”, giving it a rebellious youthful aesthetic.

Pahotin believes that the main appeal in his designs is the practicality. His past collections consisted of comfortable t-shirts, shirts with extended sleeves, shorts, and hoodies in classic colourways of red, blue, black, white and khaki. This affordable streetwear brand serves as a great entry level streetwear brand with most of their T-shirts costing just 1,500 rubles ($22). Needless to say, Sputnik 1985 is for the people. Highlights from their latest collection includes long sleeve graphic tees, Cyrillic logo hoodies & Stalin candles.

Turbo Yulia

Russian Streetwear Brands Turbo Yulia
Above: 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar #4 Turbo Yulia

Next up it’s Moscow-based label Turbo Yulia Studio by Yulia Makarova which has gained international recognition with workwear collections inspired by digital reality, Moscow’s underground rave culture and futuristic dystopia. The Russian streetwear brand first drew attention when Opening Ceremony stocked her helmet hats back in 2015. Since then, Turbo Yulia presented her 16/17 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and continues to collaborate with other Moscow-based designers such as Andrey Bartenev & Slava Polunin. This Moscow born brand is great for anyone.

Fusion

Russian Streetwear Brands Fusion
Above: 5 Russian streetwear brands that should be on your radar #5 Fusion

Fusion was created in 2012 by a team of three from Ukraine and Russia, each of the members provides their own direction and insight which makes the collections quite diverse. This team of creatives believes that fashion is fusion through diverse influences and subcultures, bringing like-minded people together whose “youthful energy moulds the future.” Fusion hopes to develop a “streetwear cure; a universal outfit for every day” through this relentless pushing of limits. Merging together the “synthesis of cultures” with the “synthesis of young spirits” Fusion’s latest offerings include everything from Cyrillic logo scarves celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall to a range of premium basics like oversize fleece cotton hoodies & corduroy bucket hats.

Shop the latest Russian streetwear releases now via the links above & don’t forget to follow @thats_mint_official to keep up to date with all the latest news, releases & more.

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