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Dephect Clothing - independent street wear

The crew at Dephect tell us about their approach to producing dope clothes. We present a selection from their current range, all available to buy from Dephect...

Dephect Dephect began in 1999 with the production of 100 t-shirts of 2 basic graffiti based prints. Back in 1996 we were heavily into graffiti and spent most of our spare time listening to hip hop and drawing graff. Dephect was born out of our love for hip hop culture and we wanted to create designs that were relevant to where we were coming from.

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Direct Navy Hoodie | Click for bigger images & to buy

The name Dephect was originally a tag used by a graffiti artist in New York in the 80's, a friend of ours in London also used the same tag in the 90's and he was our inspiration for calling our label Dephect. In Dephect's early days we both had full time jobs and we didn't really focus much on Dephect, despite the fact that the first 2 t-shirts we produced went down really well. A couple of years past, Paul's skills as a designer developed nicely and my desire to make Dephect successful was getting stronger all the time. Loads of other small independent labels gradually started to appear in 2000/2001. We found ourselves looking at these other labels and believing that we could do better, and that's when we decided to continue with Dephect on a more serious level.

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Mixtape Black T-shirt | Click for bigger images & to buy

Our aim with Dephect has always been very simple, to create a product that we would wear ourselves and that people like us would spend their hard earned money on. This means that since we started, quality has always been our main concern. We spend a great deal of time perfecting the designs, the positioning and the colours. We've also spent a lot of time looking into the quality of the garments and the printing etc, and know that ours are of the highest quality available. Because we don't spend any money on marketing we rely purely on the quality of the designs/ garments to sell our products.

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Outline Belt - Coffee | Click for bigger images & to buy

Our influences started off being mainly graffiti and hip-hop music but have since expanded. Different styles of art, graphic design, music and urban surroundings provide a great source for design ideas and provoke us to try different things. Having said that, we still try and keep certain elements in most of our designs. One of the key things that helps keep our designs raw is that we try not to create them purely on computer, we usually try and include hand drawn or painted elements.

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Roots - Safari T-shirt | Click for bigger images & to buy

We try not to follow trends/fashion or pay any attention to what other labels are doing, this way we like to think that any ideas we come up with are our own. Some people may say that the theme of our designs is too played out, graffiti, turntable music etc. But so what, we don't pretend to be some trendy new label with the latest cutting edge designs, we try and create original designs that people who buy our stuff can relate to. A lot of people are setting up their own label now, trying to do something new and exciting. So we thought we'd simply try to improve on what already works.

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Outline - Flint Polo Shirt | Click for bigger images & to buy

Our main goal for the future is to keep trying to come up with original designs, as well as expanding our product range. We also aim to get distribution deals with other countries, as well as creating more general awareness of Dephect. We have been growing over the last few years without doing any marketing or pr, and we're getting stronger every day. This is only possible because people keep buying our stuff. It has nothing to do with the name or who we are, but the fact that people like what they see.

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Robot - Charcoal Cap | Click for bigger images & to buy

All photos taken on location at the delarge HQ.