07 Apr The Human Experience: when streetwear and art collide. Get to know VRARE.
The rise of streetwear as a valid and elevated genre of fashion has arrived.
For several years now, what used to be a sub-culture of fashion, has now become, arguably, ready-to-wear, and vice versa. In today’s modern world, where officewear is growing more casual and streetwear is growing more contemporary, we are seeing a blossoming of a new hybrid of style that many say is the new “it-everyday wear”. With the hippest and more talented of home stylists mixing and matching high fashion with elevated streetwear, the line between what is high fashion and what is streetwear is slowly blurring. Even high fashion continuously takes note of what streetwear enthusiasts want to wear and makes sure to carefully create coveted closet pieces for that audience and fashion enthusiasts. With today’s hottest streetwear styles sitting comfortably in the high fashion VIP chairs, it is no secret – streetwear is H. O. T.
Enter Texas streetwear brand VRARE. With only 5 years in the industry, Founder, Designer and Owner, Nick Kirpes, has seen rapid success both locally and nationally. As a Dallas, Texas native, he has hosted events for Los Angeles Fashion Week and is currently the Chair of Streetwear for the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative where he will advocate for the genre and be highly involved in Street Beat, the event dedicated to Streetwear Advocacy within the TEXAS FASHION WEEK™ mission. Along with his leadership roles, his brand has been featured in British GQ three times and in 2019, he took home the Streetwear of the Year Award during the *San Antonio Fashion Awards. This entreprenuer is going places. When he is not in San Antonio, he is traveling the nation, continuously seeking new ways to innovate the genre and in turn, bring back ideas, and network so that Texas can be put on the map as a destination for strong streetwear and fashion industry.
“I am passionate about Texas fashion industry growth because it gives an entire community of creatives like myself a continuously growing platform.” explains Kirpes.
Nick Kirpes, at the 2019 *San Antonio Fashion Awards
Winner of the Streetwear Brand of the Year.
Photo provided by VRARE.
Along with streetwear, Kirpes, like many streetwear brands, is immersed in the art scene. With streetwear being such a highly lifestyle type of genre, art and music never seem to be far behind, with almost all streetwear brands having some type of art and music involvement, both with its fashion and their events.
Shrowded in a bit of mystery, THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE event page is purposely limited in information, however, it promises a “rare experience for all who attend” with a visual arts gallery featuring artist Alain Gakwaya. Along with the art, VRARE will feature its latest collection as we ponder, “making sense of the human experience”, all the while, encouraging patrons to bring an introspective mindset as we, “find purpose, face adversity, and draw closer to each other” during these meaningful and heavy times.
Artist, Alain Gakwaya. Photo sourced on Instagram
“In 2019, Alain Gakwaya and I created a plan for an annual art gallery in San Antonio called “The Human Experience”. Due to the challenges we all faced in 2020 this event had to be postponed, but, because of those challenges, we gained an entirely new perspective of what it means to be human…” Kirpes explains. “…we learned we can make the most of this rare experience of being human. Our art and merchandise is designed and created based off of those core principles.”
Nick Kirpes of VRARE. Photo sourced from Instagram
Join THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE, this Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The event will be hosted at BRICK in the heart of San Antonio’s arts district Southtown, located at 108 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204. The event is free to attend and there is plenty of free parking available.
All humans welcome.
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*San Antonio Fashion Awards has grown and is now known as TEXAS FASHION AWARDS™
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