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October 24, 2005

IRAK NYC Interview and Preview of New Collection!!!

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IRAK NY began as a graffiti crew in New York City in the mid 1990s,EARSNOT (the illest shoplifter in New York.) Over the years the crew has developed into a clothing line and established the brand as a creative outlet for its members ( KSER, SACER, REHAB, GLACE, FANTA, KENT, TIE RIP, SETUP JUST TO NAME A FEW.). IRAK NY is about representing downtown NYC all over the world thoroughly and giving those who may not be able to visit the lower east side of Manhattan a taste of the life. Currently IRAK NY is carried by top retail stores in NYC, including Alife, SSUR, Union (LA and NY) and select boutiques around the globe. They have also done collaborations with Alife, aNYthing, ESPO (Steve Powers), Fucking Awesome and RockStar games.

Read now the Interview (which represents the whole crew) and get to know these guys better. You`ll notice pretty quick that this is real and that they really represent NYC, unlike many others.

HS: IRAK NY is already around since the mid 90`s. What was it at the time, how did it all start?

As as shoplifting crewn of graffitti writing degenerates. Me just Stealing anything I wanted cause I’m nice like that!. Me Rehab and Kent driving going OT to rack for a couple of days. Looking for loot n gear spots.

HS: Tell us something about the members, founders of IRAK NY?

I just did.

HS: Tell us, how did the crew develop into a clothing line? What were the drivers of that evolvement?

A lot of people are throwing that NY or NYC into their brand name, trying to cling to an image etc, Fuck that. We’ve been IRAK NY, before making gear ever even crossed our minds. As a brand, yeah were emerging, and were “new“ but we’ve been around for years, and most people that like our shit know that and respect it.

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HS: What stands behind the clothing of IRAK NY? What is the brand philosophy?

Fuck that question that’s bullshit. NEXT!

HS: You guys are already carried in the hottest retail locations of NYC. Alife, SSUR and Union just to name a few. How did that come about? What is your connection to these outlets and the people behind them?

NYC is like one big circle jerk without the "Money Shot".


HS: You have already done collaborations with Alife, aNYthing, ESPO and others. How did that come about?

: Those are our cool hipster friends from the downtown scene that
we ride on the coat tails of...we got our knees dirty. But seriously Basically, at this point, anybody that we fuck with is on some personal shit. Like all those poeple, Aron, Dill, Espo, they are down with IRAK strtaight up. The crew, fuck the clothing line ya know We hope that we’ll maintain our standards to only collaborate or work weith people we really respect or feel understand where were coming from, or people with enough money to make us forget that they are wack.

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HS: What are the future plans for IRAK NY? Any people you guys would love to collaborate with in the future? Any secrets you would like to let the HighSnobiety readers know already?

: Were gonna make some Dunks out of bacon for Nike SB, a human
flesh jacket for Marc Ecko. We'll prolly do a bunch more interviews
with the 5 million street wear/hipster culture websites. Also, we're
gonna help you re-design that horrible top-hat logo!

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HS: Now some random questions to get to know you better, Kunle. What are your 5 favorite fashion brands?

Alife, Gucci, Anything, Louie V.,

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HS: Your 5 favorite musicians? Ist hat also part of your influence?

Josie and the pussy cats, the bradey’s, the monkey’s you know the usual.

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HS: Your 5 favorite websites that you check on a regular basis ? Except HighSnobiety!!!

Never heard of you!

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HS: Good that we got together than, because now you have heard of us. Thanks a lot for having taken the time to talk to me. HighSnobiety is looking forward to hear a lot more from you guys. Keep up the great work and keep us posted.

Shout out to Irak Friend and Fam... oh yeah and the haters!

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Irak NYC is hitting the planet soon with their new collection. We already gave you a preview of what there is to come and expect a lot more.

Purchase IRAK NY online at Cartel Goods!!!!


Enjoy,

David

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earsnot 1, HighSnobiety 0

10/24/2005 10:53:00 pm  
Anonymous cool kids t shirts said...

Hi thought I would just leave this message on your blog. I hope you don't mind. I've been trying to find blogs where people are talking about skateboarding t shirts and I found this one on this post. Anyhoo, thought I would say hi, before I go off to find some more skateboarding t shirts.

10/24/2005 11:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best post yet!

10/25/2005 06:27:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another misfits shirt, amazing is it collab? i love collabs

10/26/2005 10:06:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what assholes!...
i want their product tho.

10/26/2005 10:14:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO COP THAT SHIT LIKE IT'S HOT, SOAK THAT SHIT WITH A MOP, RULER ZIG ZAG ZIG, ALIFE WU-TANG

10/26/2005 11:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what's up with your text editing? damn. proof read that shit.

10/27/2005 04:10:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good interview.. love to see them real heads come out n play!

10/28/2005 06:33:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person who got interviewed thought he was funny.

11/07/2005 12:07:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also thought he was funny. fan from now on.
B's

11/11/2005 08:29:00 pm  

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