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Chrome Hearts was founded in a Los Angeles garage in 1988 by Richard Stark and John Bowman and has since grown to become one of the most well-known fashion labels in the world. The Weeknd’s “Escape from L.A.” — which is an homage to his ex Bella Hadid — has been rather omnipresent in recent months, appearing as the title of a track off Uzi Vert’s excellent Eternal Atake, on Kylie Jenner’s Instagram, and in the lyrics of The Weeknd’s “Escape from L.A.”
Stark And Bowman couldn’t find any leather jackets that they liked, so they decided to launch Chrome Hearts. With products like leather jackets — manufactured with fine leather because Bowman was already a leather maker — sunglasses, jewelry, and home goods, the company became essential in popularizing the biker-inspired lifestyle. Leonard Kamhout, a sterling silver jeweller, joined the team soon after Chrome Hearts was released.
When Steve Jones, guitarist of the Sex Pistols, began wearing Chrome Hearts onstage, the brand became well-known. After that, bands like Motley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses started wearing Chrome Hearts as well, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The three of founders finally split up in 1994, and Stark and his wife took over the company. Chrome Hearts established its first store in New York City a few years later, and it currently has 33 locations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Bergdorf Goodman, Isetan, and Selfridges are among the other stockists.
While Chrome Hearts has been a staple of rockstars’ wardrobes since its debut, the brand has recently found its way into the wardrobes of a number of hip hop artists. In addition to Uzi Vert, Ye — previously Kanye West — and Travis Scott have also been seen wearing the brand. With the hip hop influence, it’s no wonder that Chrome Hearts’ recent past has been littered with collabs. Here are a few of the favorites:
Chrome Hearts x Drake
This collection was restricted to Chrome Hearts’ Miami store and released in May 2021, just in time for Drake‘s album Certified Lover Boy. The collection, according to Lynn, was intended to be exceedingly restricted. She told GQ, “He wanted things to be heirlooms and sought after.” “He was quite particular about having items that would last a long time. ‘Oh, remember they did that Drake project?’ someone would say in ten years. What were the contents of those few pieces? ‘How did you get one?’
Hoodies, pants, and co-branded notebooks, keychains, and jade facial rollers were all part of the range.
Chrome Hearts x Comme des Garçons
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Both of these iconic businesses have cooperated on a few occasions throughout the years. However, the most current is the 2021 19-piece capsule, which contains incredibly restricted things. A silky black apron top, an open side-vented convertible collar shirt, and a double-layer blazer with notched lapels stood out among the coats, slacks, sheaths, and skirts. When we say “very restricted,” we truly mean it. The capsule’s contents were all one-of-a-kind, with no aspirations for whole collections.
Chrome Hearts x Off-White
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The Chrome Hearts x Off-White collaboration was one of the most significant to date, consisting of a single, bright orange sweatshirt with black logo. Soon after revealing his fascinating Fall/Winter 2018 CST-001 shoe, Virgil Abloh revealed this release. The big branding appears on the back with a “2018,” and the image reappears on the front but is reduced. Of course, this was not the first time the two businesses collaborated, as they did so in 2016 for a limited-edition t-shirt in an eye-catching lime green.
Chrome Hearts x BAPE
This magnificent collaboration dates back to 2009, when the two icons cooperated on a t-shirt drop that was available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes in BAPE stores, with designs unique to each location. A very limited run of “Baby Milo Plush” shirts was also released as part of the collection, with only 12 pieces available globally.