Where To Get Cyberpunk Clothing

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These days it’s difficult to find decent cyberpunk clothing unless you are willing to pay a shitload of money and search through the millions of clothes that have nothing to do with cyberpunk, yet still claim to be. It’s a problem with the current dystopian western society we’ve found ourselves in… no terminals to hack into with our brain stem but plenty of clothes that are goth, steampunk, rave or industrial that have little relation to cyberpunk clothing or the cyberpunk attitude. The other option you have is making the clothes yourself but for that you would need to be talented and, for ease, let’s assume for the moment that you aren’t (or if you want to feel better about yourself, let’s say you can’t build a raid server or port scan companies in Japan at the same time as sewing… pfft).

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The point is this; you want to go out and you want to change the world’s perception of fashion while at the same time remaining under the radar in the crowd as you get to the club to pick up another unsavoury job from your employer.

In the early days of public internet it was perfectly acceptable for cyberpunks to fit into the almost-cybergoth scene; wearing minimal black clothing, nails painted black and earning money from rich goths willing to pay for a little bit of hacking done from your Windows 98 laptop.  This idea isn’t too far-fetched – it was stolen from reality by the creators of The Matrix. I was doing gigs like this before the film came out – while I was visiting the same club they used for the “down the rabbit hole scene” (Hellfire in Chippendale, Sydney) – all while having a high paying job at a software/internet company where I first saw the trailer for The Matrix. I admit; I saw myself more like Lenny from Strange Days – totes cooler – than anyone from the Matrix films. After this time, if you wore a long black or brown leather jacket people would call out to you, “Hey Matrix idiot”… making you no longer anonymous. Thanks, Matrix – you fuckfaces.

matrix_computermatrix_club_hellfire matrix_club_hellfire_2Fashion has caught up somewhat since those fucking days in the 90’s but the idea of what cyberpunk fashion is has strayed in the public consciousness mostly because people don’t understand the cyberpunk ethos or where it comes from. What impresses me are the costumes in cyberpunk films like Total Recall (2013) and, more recently, in games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and especially Remember Me. Nilin’s costume is outrageously gorgeous.

melina_costume deus_ex_costumenilin_remember_me_2So how do you track down the ultimate cyberpunk fashion for that specific cyberpunk style? I was getting to that.

Start with the outrageously expensive places like Plastic Wrap (http://www.plastikwrap.com/) and Google ‘cyberpunk clothing’ to get some ideas of what you would like to wear. Then, hit the markets (yes, I mean real life markets). There’s bound to be several places that you never thought of to go to buy cyberpunk or dystopian clothes because obviously retail is too expensive and buying low quality, overpriced shit online was the only way to get the cool shit. Well you were wrong.

Most young people trying to get a foot in the fashion industry are making some of the coolest shit and selling it at markets to get a leg up in the industry but what that means for you is you can buy awesome unique pieces that ultimately can fuel your dream outfit for your dark corner of our dystopia. I have been blown away at some of the functional and cyberpunk clothes I’ve been able to find of late in markets in Sydney. Wherever you are in the world there are bound to be similar places, you just need to find out where your local markets (usually in cities) are located.

There is also a heap of cool clothing waiting to be found in second-hand clothing stores. You just gotta look and usually it’s as cheap as a hooker in Chiba City, Japan… I’m not kidding.

Remember three things when searching for cyberpunk clothing:

  1. Functionality – make sure there are a shit load of pockets, prefer zippers to buttons but heavy duty snaps are cool too. Make sure there are hidden pockets… everywhere.
  2. Black does not necessarily mean cyberpunk – mix it up a bit if you can (definitely no pink, green or yellow – fluro or otherwise – or I will personally smash you). Use colours in the darker range like browns, oranges, scuffed or dirty white and dark greys.
  3. Avoid anything hipster.

If you just can’t find anything outside, here are some potential online sources for decent cyberpunk clothing:

Cryoflesh
www.cryoflesh.com

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While promoting itself as Urban Future Wear there’s clearly a lot of goth and rave wear to sift through with some interesting accessories. Reasonably cheaper than most online stores but difficult to put together a full outfit from this one site and still remain true to the cyberpunk ethos.

Cyberdog
http://shop.cyberdog.net/

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Cyberdog has come a long way since its inception but still focuses more on rave culture than actual cyberpunk clothing. Everything is in pounds so don’t forget how expensive that makes everything.

Plastik Wrap/Plastic Army
http://www.plastikwrap.com/

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Plastik Wrap have been around for a long time and built up their brand and even had some costumes featured in Total Recall 2013… unfortunately this also makes them one of the most expensive brands out there. They have some amazing pieces but use them for reference only.

Eva Zolinar
https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ZOLNAR/
Via Etsy, Eva Zolinar has been creating some very interesting pieces that fit right into a cyberpunk underground. While some of the more detailed pieces are extremely expensive some of the smaller pieces and accessories are quite cool average out to the price of some of the pieces on cryoflesh.

Futurestate
http://www.futurstate.com/

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With a much more Industrial sometime borderline steampunk edge Futurestate does have some interesting torso pieces and jackets especially for men again the prices are right up there but its worthwhile for looking at the hoodies and jackets.

Siskatank
http://www.siskatank.com/

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Very expensive printed clothing.

Immoral Fashion
http://www.immoralfashion.com.au/

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An Australian fashion site with some amazing pieces and surprisingly low prices. Pants tops and jackets are all high quality from here. Again you are wading through steampunk and goth clothing but it’s all high quality.

Neurolab (non corporeal clothing)
http://www.neurolab-inc.com/blog/en/category/categories/clothes-categories/

If you are fan of Second Life, which I am not, you might want to check out Neurolab’s clothing and gear. Warning: this is strictly clothing for your avatar in second life not real life clothing.

Neon Dystopia

https://www.neondystopia.com/store/

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Though not strictly cyberpunk clothing, we have our own online store which has t-shirts with unique cyberpunk-inspired designs created by specially-chosen artists from around the world. Check them out!

 

There you have it – plenty of advice and resources to get yourself going. If you can’t find yourself anything to wear above, well, I guess you’ll have to learn to sew.

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SaraRael
SaraRael - The Editor-in-Chief of Machete Girl Magazine, has been a passionate facilitator of both the creative and promotional sides of cyberpunk for over 20 years. She is a dedicated independent filmmaker, hacktivist, feminist, WWII Historian, Member of the Pirate Party, writer and editor for multiple sites.


68 Responses to “Where To Get Cyberpunk Clothing”

  1. At the moment, my favourite fashion label with a cyberpunk feel is demobaza

    I tried to post a link here as part of a longer post, but it was eaten as spam, so you’ll have to search for the demobaza store yourself 😉

    I would also draw attention to the growing influence of the techwear movement on the look and feel of recent cyberpunk-inspired art. This movement concentrates on the use of advanced fabrics made possible by developments in material science. A good starting point to understand this movement is Dressed Down’s Introduction to Techwear (search for it!). The techwearist site has some interesting stuff along these lines. Techwear started out as athletic wear, but video games such as Mirror’s Edge and Remember Me have started to link it to cyberpunk in the public mind. Who knows – it may be that someday technical nylon with replace leather and mirrorshades as the default cyberpunk look….

  2. Here’s some more stuff to investigate i found off Reddit wearable tech wise which will compliment your search:

    http://www.fitbit.com/
    http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/New_Travel_Vest.shtml
    http://www.scottevest.com/v3_store/Flex-Cargo-Pants.shtml
    http://www.no-contact.com/index-2.html
    http://www.gunnars.com/
    http://www.polarusa.com/us-en/
    http://www.rapha.cc/tailored-jacket
    http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/run.html
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/miscellaneous/af26/
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/miscellaneous/e797/
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/security/

        • Patrick Thompson

          @Ctrl Alt Design

          I like what you have and definitely get a cyberpunk vibe. Some of the “journalists” on this site are very rude and subjective. Those designer clothes that cost hundreds of dollars that most people here are suggesting are far from cyberpunk to me.

        • Zymepunk

          Hi both. Just wanted to step in here and say a couple of things:

          1. Sorry to hear that you think ‘some’ of us are rude. What’s happened to make you say that?

          2. I, personally, am a HUGE fan of Ctrl Alt Design. We follow CAD on Tumblr and we used a couple of their designs when we were getting opinions about t-shirt designs.

          3. Everyone’s got an opinion of what something is or isn’t. We’ve explained that cyberpunk is probably a bit more difficult to define and quite divisive when trying to find a definition – how about we include everything on the website and you can choose to agree or disagree?

          Patrick, the last thing we want to do is make you feel like we’re dictating things or are rude. Then again, authors are people and have personalities. Going back to the cyberpunk definition – shouldn’t we, as fans of cyberpunk, appreciate that a bit more than others?

          I don’t know.

        • Gougouu

          i totally agree with patrick, you can add the color is really great , and punk or goth or ravers is the same look around you guys!! get out of your hole
          black and dark only is a boring mentallity its not punk at all its only restrictive!! you cannot imagine how many clothings i have.. many textures and colors and design, because restrictions is not punk. black and dark is for beginners! and this arab look that COST TOO MUCH TO BE PUNK forget it go in the desert with it then, oblique is annoying too for me its like too much .. and also cybergoth / cyberpunk its all the same!! come on don’t you get it, ohh so elitistpeoples(beginners to me )

  3. “Black does not necessarily mean cyberpunk – mix it up a bit if you can (definitely no pink, green or yellow – fluro or otherwise – or I will personally smash you).”

    Definitely don’t agree with that, pink, green and yellow, fluro or otherwise, can work for a cyberpunk outfit if it’s in

    1. Moderation
    2. On technology.

    Granted, those colors are sooner associated with cyberGOTH sooner than cyberpunk, but that doesn’t automatically count them out. The one thing that is ABSOLUTELY NOT CYBERPUNK is cyberlox. Do not, DO NOT ever have cyberlox and say you are cyberpunk.

  4. I’m in England UK and really struggling to find clothing brands in the UK like the above mentioned. It’s a nightmare. There’s a great site called Orimono.eu but as it’s based in Germany, it’s in Euros and quite pricey. Any UK cyberpunks here?

  5. Hey Beth, are you me? We almost have the same name and I’m in the UK too. You could try http://www.allycatmetalware.com/shop/ (based in the uk). They have some great accessories and the prices aren’t designer. On the other hand, the waiting times seem to be absolutely ridiculous. They said to wait up to a month to receive orders but it’s been two months and I haven’t received anything. Try it if you don’t mind long waiting times or you could just check it out for inspiration. Cyberdog is also based in the UK but more expensive.

  6. Bethan; I know Alleycat – it’s all made by hand to order by just one talented maker. He also makes things for cyberdog which is why things take some time I think. It’s all good quality though 🙂

    Also; as a little plug for myself because why not (I’m interviewed elsewhere on Neon Dystopia but I think it was after this article was written)… take a look at my stuff at http://www.echodecay.com – me and my other half make cyberpunk and alt clothes to order and we are UK based 🙂

  7. QFT: “plenty of clothes that are goth, steampunk, rave or industrial that have little relation to cyberpunk clothing or the cyberpunk attitude” such truth

    I usually go for bits of military/outdoor clothing mixed with mainstream basic stuff without prints, both in discreet colours (NEVER camouflage). It’s a nice mix of functional/durable and cheap, and allow you to blend in (until someone takes a closer look).

    But after seeing Demobaza I have to say that I’m prepared to sacrifice the low profile! 😀

    Although this is not a store, I suppose this article on how the demoscene influenced Natalia Sushchenko is somewhat relevant. (Not my cup of tea, but still pretty cool.) http://www.iconoclastdaily.com/2015/08/12/natalia-sushchenko-a-tech-geek-on-the-streets-a-fashion-freak-under-the-sheets/

  8. TechnoNecro

    I see someone linked damascus. If you want another very cyberpunk looking brand checkout Machine56! The only downside is that his work comes in limited quantities and you never know when he’ll restock, and some of the stuff he makes is exclusive to Indonesia.

    This is his store.

    http://www.5060.bigcartel.com/

    As you can see he mostly has mecha like designs for his hoodies/jackets. Some of them are actually based off the armor from the Dead Space games. Others are based off the brands from the Borderlands games and Darth Maul from Star Wars. They both look very scifi/cyberpunk to me though. The helmets are definitely very cyberpunkish!

    Check out his deviantart to see stuff that is Indonesia exclusive/older works.

    http://machine56.deviantart.com/

    My goal is to become a millionaire so I can finally afford all this clothes you guys have shown. And use the power of money to get “limited edition”/sold out stuff from Machine56 and Damascus that I unfortunately missed out on,

  9. I absolutely love the sites you are posting here, it’s a great way to find clothing for someone who is new to this kind of fashion like me.
    Unfortunately most of the affordable great looking clothing is for men, would you by any chance have something like newstylish.com for woman up your sleeve?

  10. Thank you for including me in your article, I have a daily traffic from it! Just to make it a little better, please, remove an extra i from my name.

    Since this article was published, a lot have changed. I make affordable clothing mostly. This year I’ve stepped out of thick fabrics and made some garments for hot weather. In an upcoming collection, I’m making a lot of hooded garments with pockets. I’m also planning to make some pants as I was frequently asked and sometimes even begged to do make some. Hope everything goes as planned and the range of clothing will grow! Hope somebody will find that news handy!

  11. William Gibson once deemed the term ’cyberspace’ to be over, comparing it to the fact that after a certain time, people stopped using the suffix ’-electro’ to make things sound cool, since everything had become electrical by then. I think the same thing goes for ’cyberpunk’, and especially within fashion I find that many of todays ’cyberpunk’ branded clothes are based on a horribly outdated vision of what people from the 70’s and 80’s imagined the future would look like. For me it makes more sense to follow the avant garde, rather than trying to mimic the past. Of course, everyone is entitled to their personal intepretation of what ’cyberpunk’ fashion is, but here’s a list of my favorite brands and designers, use them for shopping or inspiration.

    By designer names:

    Errolsson Hugh of Acronym (Germany), Gleb Kirenkov of Nameless (Russia), Demo and Tono of Demobaza (Bulgaria), Nick and Steve Tidball of Vollebak (UK), Rick Owens (US), Aitor Throup (Argentina), Yohji Yamamoto (Japan), sk8thing (Japan) and of course more independent designers such as Max Davis (Belgium), Herr Urst (Germany) and Fernando of 1000Deaths (US).

    By brand names:

    Acronym/ACRNM (Errolson Hugh), Nameless/NMLSS (Gleb Kirenkov), Demobaza (Demo and Tono), Eyes & Sins (Guerrilla Group/GFIRMG), Nemen (especially their colab with Errolson Hugh), UEG, A-COLD-WALL*, Riot Division, KRAKATAU and certain pieces from 0608WEAR, C.E (former Cav Empt) and C.P. Company. There’s also a lot of bigger sporting/outdoors brands out there who carry really cool stuff these days thanks to successful colabs. To name a few there’s Adidas (especially their Y-3 colab with Yohji Yamamoto), Nike (and their ACG colab with Errolson Hugh), Stone Island (and their already mentioned Shadow Project colab, also with Errolson Hugh) and Arc’teryx (especially their Veilance colab, again with Errolson Hugh, he’s kind of a big deal if you haven’t already noticed ^_^).

  12. I made a comment above as Transhuman Tees (my first store) and have begun building a second one with more of a Cyberpunk/Futurist feel to it. It’s still getting started, but we’ve got some hats and mostly tees on there so far.

    Still working on getting the basics going before (hopefully) branching out to being able to offer more interesting pieces like jackets and pants.

    Thanks again for putting this list all together!

  13. I love Cyberdog, they have amazing stuff. I bought a black mini-clubber-skirt with silver circuitry design and it has suspenders too. Their store in London is breath taking. Dark and neon inside, the fitting rooms are ultra cool. I definitely look forward to buying more of their stuff. Great article. We need more of those.

  14. Noman Chaudhry

    I will disagree on you with the “avoid fluro.” I think bright and loud colors are important to the identity of the postmodern sentiment. It’s part of the identity to deny preexisting norms and not to be anachronistic, even with color choices. Logically speaking, if you want business attire, militaristic, or 1337 H4X0R N30, dark shades are your friends. If you want non-Riot scene Akira, Blade Runner locals, actually populated non-dystopic Cyber-Detroit, or background character, all fancy ways of saying a rational member of a possible future society, coloration is matter of choice.

    • Isaac L. Wheeler (Veritas)

      I completely agree with you! I am going to be rewriting this article soon to be significantly more inclusive. Thanks for your input!

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