10 Essential Books for Streetwear Lovers to Buy at blackboxstore.com

You can have a wardrobe full of respectable streetwear pieces, periodically update your sneakers rotation with the coolest kicks from Sneaker Culture; but it won’t mean much without a meticulous knowledge of what you wear.


Nothing is more enviable than a collection of Streetwear, Sneakers, Music, Design books to show off in your apartment bookcase, or on the coffee table in your living room.
Here are the ones you absolutely must-have, which you can purchase at online and in-store Black Box.

1) Jeff Staple: Not Just Sneakers 

Jeff Staple Not Just Sneakers Book at blackboxstore.com                                                                                              € 59

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Considered the progenitor of brand collaborations, the Camp Out era, and contemporary reselling, Jeff Staple is known worldwide for his pigeon logo and creations. This monograph traces his 25 years of legendary work, from his beginnings in NY to worldwide fame.
The volume gives you a history lesson in Streetwear and Sneakers, where you will unearth-not only the cultural context-but also an intricate maze of streetwear history told through an insider’s perspective. Archival sketches, drawings, magazine covers, and contributions from Hiroshi Fujiwara and Futura make this a must-have book for lovers of streetwear and design.
To be proudly displayed on your coffee table in the living room.

2) SLAM Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game.

Slam Kicks. Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game at blackboxstore.com                                                       € 30

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The title of this book speaks for itself: a monograph tracing all the shoes born for sports, which have changed the rules of the Sneaker Game irreversibly.
Puma, Air Jordan, adidas, Reebok, Asics, Converse. They’re all there.

3) GUCCI: The Making Of.

Gucci: the Making Of. available at blackboxstore.com                                                                                                    € 80

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From Sneakers Culture to High Fashion, this book is essential for fans of the Maison founded by Guccio Gucci. It is an unprecedented publication with essays, anecdotes, and truly inspiring and never-before-seen archival photos. The book was launched to coincide with the opening of the Gucci Museum in Florence, and is the definitive celebration of the world-renowned fashion house; a must-have if you want to make a good impression on the chicks.

4) Undercover – Takahashi Jun

Undercover – Takahashi Jun Book at blackboxstore.com                                                                                                € 65

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The debut and rise of one of the most influential Japanese designers ever, who together with Nigo invented Japanese streetwear as we know it today.
The book tells the story of Jun Takahashi and his brand Undercover, his most important collaborations and the creation of “Multi-layer” fashion, influenced by the Japanese Punk aesthetic.
An essential book for understanding the roots of Streetwear fashion and the influence of the Japanese school around the world.

5) From Soul to Sole: The Adidas Sneakers of Jacques Chassaing

From Soul to Sole: The Adidas Sneakers of Jacques Chassaing Book at blackboxstore.com                                   € 65

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The definitive book on the creations, career and legacy of one of the world’s greatest sneaker designers-Jacques Chassaing.
Described as the father of modern running and basketball sneakers, Chassaing has shaped and influenced the world of streetwear like few designers in the world. This monograph reveals forty years of his pioneering work, from the birth of some of the world’s most beloved sneakers to little-known ones.
An essential title for every sneakers obsessed, and not only.

6) Supreme

Supreme Book at blackboxstore.com                                                                                                                                   € 50

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This volume traces the first 25 years of the world’s most famous concept brand; from its beginnings in NY as a Skate Store, to its conquest of the world.
The iconic brand’s most absurd collaborations and products, with over 800 stunning images by photographers such as Larry Clark, Ari Marcopoulos and David Sims. It also contains a curated lookbook section and an index of T-shirts released after Supreme’s spring/summer 2010 collections.
Needless to reiterate the vital importance of this tome in your library.


7) Palace Product Descriptions, The Selected Archive.

Palace Product Descriptions, The Selected Archive Book at blackboxstore.com                                                        € 39

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All of the descriptions from “The Palace Skateboards” site have become a unique collection entitled “Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive”: a book published by Phaidon and edited entirely by founder Lev Tanju.
Palace Product Description
is the official, printed archive of the infamous, most absurd descriptions found online on the site; the preface was written by writer, poet and literary critic Sam Buchan-Watts, who begins his talk with a quote from Ludwig Wittgenstein: “A serious literary work can be written entirely of jokes,” now we might add product descriptions, Buchan-Watts concludes.
“Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive” is the definitive book for fans of streetwear, skate, creative marketing and humor.

8) Hiroshi Fujiwara Fragment Vol. I and II.

Hiroshi Fujiwara Fragment Vol. I and II. available at blackboxstore.com                                                                  € 69

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We return to the cornerstones of Streetwear Culture with Hiroshi Fukjiwara, considered the “godfather of streetwear.” These two monographs – Vol #1 and Vol #2 – pay tribute to Fujiwara‘s influence on contemporary fashion, music and design, internationally recognized as one of the founding fathers of Tokyo’s Harajuku scene.
Two must-have volumes, to be jealously guarded!

9) Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture available at blackboxstore.com                                                             €45

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This 2015 volume still represents one of the most authoritative and comprehensive vademecum on sneakers ever. It chronicles the birth, growth and expansion of Sneakers Culture, from a sports phenomenon, then a niche subculture phenomenon to a Pop phenomenon.
An Indispensable Book.


10) Dazed: 30 Years Confused.

Dazed: 30 Years Confused Book available at blackboxstore.com                                                                                   €69

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A collector’s book, celebrating 30 years of Dazed Magazine, a pioneering title in youth culture, revealing the past, present and future of subcultures through its interesting investigations, interviews and editorials that are always over the top.
In 1991, the first issue of Dazed & Confused was published as a single fold-out A2 newspaper by then 20-year-old Jefferson Hack and photographer Rankin. Today, 30 years later, what began as a printed magazine has caused a shift in consciousness, becoming a vital cultural manifesto for today.
An edition that is sure to become rare, and one that should absolutely be sported on your coffee table in the living room.

Our selection of Books for Streetwear Lovers ends here, if that’s not enough for you, take a look at the entire section online, here.




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