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>What is Urban Techwear?
We wear clothes to be comfortable, to cover up our shame, and more importantly for our protection. Technical clothing goes one step further, focusing on incorporating functionality, using advanced textiles and construction to promote breathability, stretch, and waterproofness to name the least. Now Urban Techwear, refers to the presentability of such technologies. Often choosing function over form, however practical for a commute through the urban sprawl.

>Guide to Urban Techwear [Under Construction]


Glad to catch this thread, the techwear thread on 4chan's /fa/ has gone down garbage shoot.
Although Discord privacy policy details the use of ones information it's been a damn active community:


Haven't been active there myself, but it's alright if you have any questions or just looking for people the talk to. I feel the division really comes from what people think is and isn't techwear. Of course, I have my own ideas as seen in the guide. However some views have been a bit toxic and twisting the idea of what makes an outfit functional and more importantly, practical.


Let me pick your head just a bit. What makes something functional, and how can it be composed to a fit to your definition of techwear?


so, expensive clothing marketed as "functional"? i doubt anything to have come out of 4chan recently can be anything but consumeristic.



I'll give it in a nutshell

Let's start with function:
Such things like being breathable, waterproof, UV Blocking, and even stretch.
The role of your clothing is not to hinder your mobility, you should be comfortable in your environment. Which brings me to the second part, practicality:

Practical fits is important, almost as important than function.
You can find many people wearing 3L shells, cotton shells, and heavy sneakers in the summer heat. What they're wearing could be functional but in no way what they're wearing is practical. And because of this aspect it's okay to where some pieces that aren't functional for the sake of being comfortable, keeping it practical.

Not sure if it helps, but that's my one two on the idea.


No not recently, functional clothing has been a thing for hundred of years with military and outdoor gear. It only seems a new occurrence with the rise of popularity recently. And it doesn't have to be expensive, many brands such as Uniqlo have been incorporating functionality into their clothing making it affordable to start.



This has been a pretty good guide so far, I remember dressed-down. But that site went down under. Although it's not as content rich, I see it as an adaquite replacement. Here's to hoping for another expansion.


the phrase urban techwear is offensive. a "cyberpunk" would be using what they have, what they can get their hands on. Not some role play bullsoykaf.


I don't know if "offensive" is the right word, or if the entire idea of techwear should be abandoned. I do think that it should be adapted, though. I'm not gonna go find designer clothes from a special distributor just some nerds on the Wired told me it has better pockets. Let's keep this whole thing pragmatic and limited to tips and suggestions rather than sites of designer apparel makers.


I've made my own style over the years, predominantly featuring work wear and the tech items I own.

Didn't cost much but it looks pretty good.


What about the clothing is cyberpunk? It's just clothing with the functionality of military, athletic, and outdoor gear into a presentable fashion for city life.


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Work wear is the way to go.
Those trousers made for construction workers are gonna be durable and have the best pockets around.


The whole urban techwear thing exists totally outside of cyberpunk circles, a lot of it is people bringing mountaineering gear, outdoor gear, military gear into regular wardrobes. And there are entire areas of fashion inspired by not just cyb but sci-fi as a whole that then pick and plunder from lots of different areas.

Well yeah that's kinda the point; if you've got the opportunity to wear something that's 'just' fashionable or wear something that's long lasting, breathes, etc. what's the ideal cyberpunk gonna want to wear?

And a lot of these clothes have recently just changed over to using mixtures of 250/500/1000D Cordura and technical cuts like the Military/Outdoors trousers do. Previously it was all just 'heavy' drill cotton. It all goes around in circles. The workwear seems to be just getting in on this trend.


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Best part is you can pick up used work ware for very cheap at recycling stores,

They may have company names on them, but they are cheap and will last forever and a day.


These are actually pretty fucking awesome.

Especially that pair in the middle. SCHWAY.


If I were to go out and paint a few public walls, I would be wearing black cargo pants from the salvation army, and spend my cash on a good hardshell backpack like the Ogio mach 3.


Investing money into a good leather jacket goes a long way. My jacket msrp'd for $899 and I paid $300 with some coupons and a Christmas sale. So far it's been going strong for 3 years. Same with my boots. The rest of my clothing comes from thrift stores.


sewing and repairing clothes is a good tech skill.


Although incredibly hard when dealing with advanced textiles.


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Love Eiichiro's work with Nanamica and North Face Purple Label. They're a very underated name in the urban tech community.


Same, my only complaint is with North Face's button down shirts. This season seem to all sport their logo on the chest which is annoying. Hope to get back the type writer next summer.


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Not sure if people here follow Hypebeast, but there's an excellent write up between Purple Label and White Label with an fantastic interview with both lead designers about their opinions in technical clothing.


This was actually an introduction for me into White Label, wasn't aware of their existences and kinda shameful that we don't have a division of North Face catering to the west, or is technical clothing being incorporated into everyday wear just too rare to consider.

Can't say that I'm much of a fan of White Label, just taking a glance they say it's for the outdoors, but looks very athletic to me and I was never a fan of North Face branding on every piece. Purple Label will remain the best division in my book.


Japan always had a fascination with nature and the outdoors. I never really seen this western culture and because of the lack in major interest we don't have the normalcy of wearing outdoor brands like The North Face and Patagonia in the cities as casual wear.


>western culture

Not all western culture is the same.


Sorry, you're right. I shouldn't be lumping in all Western cultures. The United States is what I had in mind.


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An interesting interview with Hiroshi Fujiwara, designer for White Mountaineering. A brand that doesn't use a lot of advanced materials, but has been incorporated into technical ensembles.


I often though of the whether the name "techwear" is any good. It's been twisted and perverted over the years to the point where functionality and practicality isn't considered. The name techwear holds too much baggage and it should stick with more solid definition of technical clothing and leave Techwear for those who want to play with an aesthetic.


Looking at the industry the word "Techwear" isn't popular, the only ones using this word are new brands capturing the utilitarian design.


Recommendations for durable pants that wouldn't look like trash or completely out of place on a dude in his mid-late 30s? Some slimmer cargos seemed doable but they're always cotton and would look out of place in my area.

I'm often moving between urban areas to wooded areas in the same day. I do a lot of active stuff in places I'm not supposed to be. Temperatures in my area go from below 0F to over 100F seasonally, so I'm willing to look at two pairs of pants weather permitting.

Any tech fabrics that are breathable/flexible/durable that won't leave me looking like a navy seal larper?

At the moment it's just jeans or a pair of outdoor research lightweight pants I can sinch up to half-calf.

Related to the thread: Levis used to make these dress pants they called "action slacks". Probably the most technical clothing I've ever seen. They were liquid resistant (just beaded up), flexible, and didn't wrinkle. Great for if you're in a corporate are and need to bail quickly or get access to difficult places. All while walking away looking totally normal.



Ignore the hipsterish promo material, they're legit; cino or regular slacks, bit of stretch to them so you can do hoodrat soykaf without splitting and showing your arse to the world.

Their blazer is pretty good too; but be warned they're not colour or material matched with the pants if you want to wear it as a 'suit'.

I found they run a tad tight around the waist. I'm normally a fat cunt 38" in most brands including TAD but 38's in Bluffworks were way too tight.

Speaking of TAD, they do some slimmer ripstop pants that aren't full blown cargo's as well.

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