All the big brands have been previewing and releasing their own tributes to 2012, the Year of the Dragon. This mystical creature is a symbol of good luck in China and it’s flown onto streetwear goods ranging from shoes to varsity jackets. I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing flashy flying dragons all over my gear but some of the following pieces take a more subtle approach. Check em out:


Converse All Star Leather

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Featured on the Chuck Taylor All Star Leather Hi silhouette, Converse alters the upper to replicate ancient porcelain dragon decorations, complete with a wonderfully detailed dragon-shaped eyelet, red and black leather emblem, and contrasting black laces.

I’d MAYBE think about the all black and the white/black ones but Converse can keep those colorful joints.

Kangol Reversible Beanies

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Featured in navy and red, each hat is marked by an elaborate ethnic jacquard pattern on one side, as well as a solid reversible option. Details include an embroidered Kangol logo on each side of the knit headwear, as well as handmade knit tassels. Each piece comes packed in a red satin bag decorated with a printed custom dragon as well as a red Spring Festival sticker.

Not really feeling these either. I know the whole fair isle all over prints are trendy these days but the Chinese version just doesn’t work for me. They’ll still probably sell out in China though..

A Bathing Ape T

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A Bathing Ape presents the world with a “Year of the Dragon” T-shirt. Featuring the Japanese brand’s iconic Ape taken on the features of a fierce dragon, this straightforward design offers up some hope for the new year and can be yours for $729 HKD (approximately $94 USD)

This is one of their basic tee’s with a Year of the Dragon twist which I actually kind of dig. I wouldn’t wear the shirt but I can definitely appreciate the design, not bad but….$94??

Nike 2012 Dragon Pack

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Nike introduces a full-fledged dragon-inspired collection as part of the 2012 “Year of the Dragon” celebrations. Taking place over both performance and lifestyle connotations, the four shoe collection includes the Air Force 1 Low Supreme, Air Jordan 2012, Kobe VII System Supreme and Zoom KD IV.

A bit too colorful for my taste to wear on any day, but definitely wouldn’t mind balling in them on the court.

Stussy Year of the Dragon Series

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Featuring aptly placed zodiac dragons throughout the pieces, design inspiration comes every bit from skate culture as it does from Japanese tradition. The “Year of Dragon” Series will be made available at select Stussy retailers for prices between ¥6,300-¥44,100 JPY (approximately $80-$564 USD)

Is Stussy being serious with this collection? You can find shit like this in the most run down Chinatown stores from like the 1980’s. It’s like Ed Hardy but worse. I really don’t know how such an iconic brand can put out stuff like this and expect it to sell. Check the price range too.

I don’t know.. what do ya’ll think? Would you rock any of these Year of the Dragon pieces?

  • eugene

    diggin the kangols, ape shirt some one buy me dat for valentines, dope nike kicks but i prob wouldnt wear those.. im not so sure about stussy’s, but i think i get it. the ‘bootleg look’ ?

    • Terrence

      The other pieces can go both ways depending on how you rock it IMO, but the whole Stussy collection I can’t vibe with. Would you rock something you called a “bootleg look”? haha

  • Dave

    I wonder if any of these items come with a replica sword. #ninjatime