Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blue Grape's Spring 2010 collection SNEAK PREVIEW!


Once known as a peddler of chintzy crap like Sepultura "jams" and Prong hockey jerseys, metal merch icon Blue Grape will be reborn as a cutting edge streetwear brand in spring of 2010. In fashion, what's old is new again when a brand takes something classic from the past and revitalizes with a contemporary twist. 80s references dominated the past few years, with more neon and skinny jeans than you can shake a stick at on store shelves everywhere, but the hottest new brands are exploring new territory.

Warriors of Radness' fall 2009 collection is rad. Send me some free stuff!

Trendsetting brands like Warriors of Radness are breaking new ground by moving past the 80s drawing from the early 90s, referencing brands like LA Gear, Gotcha and Chess King. They are doing great work, but Blue Grape is truly ahead of the curve: they are the first brand to bring mid/late 90s metal style to the world of streetwear. Look out 55DSL, here comes Blue motherfucking Grape!! We are thrilled to provide you with an exclusive glimpse at their upcoming Spring 2010 collection. We think you will be seeing a lot more coverage of this hot new brand in the near future, so if you see this shit reposted on Hypebeast or High Snobiety, remember that you read it HERE first!

Check out our previous coverage of Blue Grape, and thanks again to our informant only known as "Green Rage" for the inside info! Click any of the images for larger versions.


That's not the user manual for your new dishwasher, it's the cover of their new catalog! I love how they perfectly captured that 90s "desktop publishing" look! They probably even used PageMaker to ensure that it looked authentic.


The collection's flagship items are a full line of premium Soulfly SKUs. This shit is off the hook and will definitely be turning heads!!


You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars outbidding some sneakerhead on eBay to get an vintage-looking Soulfly jersey anymore. Blue Grape's reissues of the 1999 edition put them within reach of everybody.



Getting classic, authentic 90s licenses like Fear Factory was a real coup for the new Blue Grape- hats off to their acquisition team!!


Nothing says true 90s metal fashion like a Fear Factory gas station shirt! Put this guy on and you'll feel like an extra on the set of the video for Deftones "Bored" or Downset "Anger."



Their Slipknot gear is maybe not QUITE as impressive as the Soulfly stuff, but definitely has a few showcase items that make it stand on its own.


The Hundreds ain't got shit on Blue Grape's steez: You will be the hypest fucking kid on the block in this sick Slipknot jumpsuit!! People will be all, "Whoa, you must have paid a fucking fortune for that shit on eBay, it looks so authentic!!" And you'll be all, "Yeah, I did- but whatever, it was worth it, you know? I only like true vintage shit, and you gotta put down the cash if you want the real thing." *turn to the camera with a shit-eating grin and a knowing wink*


It's the details that really make or break a garment. I love how they made this Slipknot thong super fucking high-rise in true 90s style. It looks like your girl could pull this thing up to her armpits!


Blue Grape's Machine Head SKUs take you back to the good old days when Robb Flynn was "the guy from Vio-Lence," not the namesake of a tragic disease that causes the afflicted to grow colorful facial hair and wear Affliction gear.


They clearly paid attention to every detail when creating this this authentic 90's-style garment: it's cut so wide you could fit three people in it, the perfectly symmetrical flames look like a preset from some 90s Photoshop filter (probably Kai's Power Tools), and the band's name is in fucking Impact with an outer glow! Amazing craftsmanship guys, this is a masterpiece!


Remember the 1999 Earth Crisis/Sepultura tour? This shit will instantly transport you backstage where you can watch Igor and Andreas practice jiu jitsu on gymnastics mats before their set, Karl and Ian from ExC try to find a strip club, and Scott pens the riffs that would go on to become the band's defining moment, "Slither."


This Earth Crisis tee cleverly combines two classic 90s hardcore design elements: Parody logos and horizontally-stretched type. It's even outlined! Hats off to whoever designed this guy, you truly nailed the Cabal 315/Andrew Thomas Company aesthetic.

And look at the fucking collar!! I almost can feel
its stiff, cheap fabric scratching the shit out of my neck right now.


Holy fucking fuck, I cannot wait to see this combo on shelves!! With a combo of artists like Poison the Well, Phish, Soulfly, and post-Danzig Misfits, I can't see how this brand will go anywhere but straight to the top.


Last but not fucking least, peep these Coal Chamber jams! I can't say TOO much just yet, but a little birdie told me that the COAL CHAMBER X ALIFE collabo miiiiiight be in the works. But shhhh... that shit is top secret ;)


I was hoping to see that they were going to release some limited edition Dope ringer tees through Dave's Quality Meat, but apparently negotiations fell through. This Coal Chamber windbreaker pretty much makes up for it, though!


Please note the new contact info for Beanies & Bucket Hats

What are your thoughts on the NEW BLUE GRAPE??
Are you as excited as we are to see Blue Grape reborn as a streetwear brand? Do you think the kids will be into it? Will they join the ranks of Vision Street Wear, Maui & Sons, and British Knights as forgotten brands of yesteryear who get a second lease on life, or will they just go back to making Methods of Mayhem keychains? Should they sign up Revok and Toomer do do some signature-edition Copshootcop ringer tees?

39 comments:

  1. When I think "Coal Chamber", I'm thinking mesh, how's anyone going to see my pierced nipples without it?

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  2. Bro. That is classic first reponse posting! A++++

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  3. Wow! Is this for real? Is anyone interested in buying Coal Chamber stuff in 2009? What an awful choice of bands! I'm not a marketing person, but shouldn't they have made retro stuff but with a total 80s look and with thrash bands from the 80s, like Exumer, Darkness, Poison, etc, all those bands that nowadays you hear kids talking about, and if you don't know anything about metal, you'd think they were very successful bands from the 80s? Anyway, I think they could make more money with my idea.

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  4. Hands down, the greatest post of '09!

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  5. I agree with Misfit, Dawn of Possession patches goes for $30 on ebay.

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  6. People still listen to Coal Chamber?

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  7. What about the Obituary bermuda and Deiceide sweatpants ?? I want a new ones !!! my 199. ones are kind of wrecked.

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  8. The late 1990s were a terrible time full of terrible people. As a result, the terrorists have truly won.

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  9. A Downset "187" hoodie would be the shit. Or a Body Count jersey with "Born Dead" on the sleeves in the same building-blocks font they used on the album cover. I would totally rock that at the Monster Magnet reunion show. I cannot wait for Zubaz and cargo pants to come back into fashion. Everything 90's will be huge in a year or two, mark my words.

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  10. "or will they just go back to making Methods of Mayhem keychains"

    priceless GET NAKED

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  11. i miss my far beyond driven nightgown

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  12. I am very impressed with your ongoing commitment to bringing the latest info on everything bluegrape. It makes me happy.
    I am glad they are bringing back the basketball Jersey. I recently decided i missed 1997 and went to see Hatebreed and Cannibal Corpse. The last time I saw hatebreed was 1999 and B-ball Jerseys were in full effect. At the recent Hatebreed/CC show I noticed two things; first, hatebreed is the new Pantera. two, zero basketball jerseys. I noticed other stuff too, but I was drunk and started to talk to some dude about how hilarious Terror's Scott Vogel is.
    I was never into Hockey Jerseys. They seemed to be the midwest metal version of the Hardcore basketball jersey. A friend of mine had a White Zombie hockey jersey, and I think I was secretly jealous I couldn't pull the look off.
    Is Coal Chamber still making "music"?

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  13. 1. First post is genius. wow.

    2. I cant believe you referenced Chess King. WOW!!

    3. If I was ready to get down to business and I went downtown and the chick was rocking a Fear Factory thong, I think I would lose my wood.

    4. Hilarious that Earth Crisis only has 1 item!

    5. How do they determine what number to put on the basketball jerseys? What am I missing?

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  14. Sorry to double post, but HAHA how did I miss this:

    "hatebreed is the new Pantera"

    So awesome.

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  15. Time to dig out my Sick of it All mesh Basketball Jersey. When I wore that to Gym Class in High School I demanded respect all I got was detention.

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  16. Review of the Hatebreed/Cannibal tour coming later this week. The short version: both bands ruled!

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  17. If I was ready to get down to business and I went downtown and the chick was rocking a Fear Factory thong, I think I would lose my wood.

    Alternate text: "I am a gay homosexual"

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  18. nope coal chamber split up a long time ago!this is making me LOCO.
    but hey I would love to see a MI blog video show I would watch it 24/7.dont you guys want to quit your personall ife to make me laugh?I think you should consider it!

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  19. someone should find a way to repurpose God Lives Underwater shirts, cause I can't imagine that they ever sold one

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  20. In the review of the Hatebreed/Can cor show be sure to comment on the likeness the singer of hate eternal has to Vigo from Ghostbusters 2.

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  21. A few years ago I hooked up with a much younger and insanely hot girl who was inexplicably a big Fear Factory fan. She was a complete freakazoid, the moral being that yaneverknow.

    Copshootcop LOL!!! Now THAT'S fucking FUNNY! I forgot all about them, didn't they have like two bass players or something? Or am I thinking of Filter maybe?

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  22. Copshootcop LOL!!! Now THAT'S fucking FUNNY! I forgot all about them, didn't they have like two bass players or something?

    Yep, that's them! The alt-metal Man Is The Bastard.

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  23. It seemed like there were a few bands doing the two bassist thing in the early 90's. Besides the ones Sarge mentioned there was also Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Girls Against Boys. That trend didn't seem to take off though.

    Smug's right. The late 90's were a terrible time. If I had access to the Nocturnus time machine I'd go back and smother Fred Durst and Jonathan Davis in their cribs to prevent the horror of nu-metal. I'd also smother Kid Rock and the douchelord from Disturbed while I was at it(I hope that didn't come off as too violent).

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  24. LOL@HORIZONTALLY STRETCHED TYPE

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  25. Wow that Machine Head-shirt with the 2FUCK THE REST OF YOU" print is a must

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  26. You can steal MP3's, blo(g / w) your way onto a show's guest list, but making crap merch takes too much effort for anybody but the bands and labels to do. So it's like the only thing left with any value for bands. If it doesn't sell, they trade for other bands' stuff. The crazy jumpsuits etc. are a great way to burn excess drug profits - not worth stealing, just a way to show off.

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  27. "The crazy jumpsuits etc. are a great way to burn excess drug profits - not worth stealing, just a way to show off."

    Show off your down syndrome.

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  28. hype aside: model in top pic 2nd from left.

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  29. Dear Ian S. (Don't know if he still works for Bluegrape),
    !!!!!!!!!!!I DID NOT STEAL YOUR FEAR FACTORY JAMS!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for being such a good friend.

    C. in Denver.

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  30. we used to carry a lot of blue grape stuff. their catalogs were always cheesy.

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