Returning World War II and Korean War veterans turned outlaw bikers, 1960s anti-war counterculture, the guerrilla chic of bands like The Clash, the cold war paranoia-fueled paramilitary leanings of ‘80s industrial music, the militancy of politicized ‘90s hip hop…the military aesthetic has a long, storied and ever-evolving history as a subcultural statement. Thanks to these diverse associations, it also has a permanent place in streetwear.
Liberaiders represent another evolution in the military aesthetic. In an age when authenticity of experience and output are everything, simply slapping some camouflage patterns on a basic blank doesn’t cut it. Liberaiders are informed by the original spirit behind the re-appropriation of military surplus, but dedicated to the highest quality that contemporary fashion and modern technology has to offer.