Calum Gordon

Freelance writer

Calum Gordon is a Berlin-based writer who specialises in fashion and contemporary culture. As well as co-authoring Contemporary Menswear (Thames & Hudson), he has contributed to publications such as Dazed, SSENSE, Garage Magazine, Another Man, Kaleidoscope, Mundial Magazine, and LAW.

Calum also writes copy for brands and advertising agencies, such as adidas Originals, Converse, Beats by Dre, Carhartt WIP, Billionaire Boys Club, R/GA and Breaks Agency.

Contact: [email protected]

Portfolio

Dazed

How Carhartt WIP became a subcultural phenomenon

On the 8th of August 2011, the staff at the Carhartt WIP outlet on 18 Ellingfort Road in Hackney received a phone call from looters telling them, out of courtesy, that they...

Dazed

Kanye's hijabi model held a mirror to fashion's faux freedom

Rightly or wrongly, Kanye West has never been judged by the fashion world by the same metrics that we would judge any other fledgling designer.

Dazed

Menswear label Noah is proving it's punk to care

On the corner of Mulberry Street in Nolita, the historic slice of downtown New York's Little Italy, sits Noah, with a whitewashed façade accented with red and blue. The store is...

Dazed

The trainer the Daily Mail told you to be scared of

Grime is dead. At least according to photographer Ewen Spencer, who says that today's scene bears little resemblance to the one that first sprung up in the early 2000s. Despite...

Highsnobiety

Is Political Streetwear Coming Back? | Highsnobiety

Unless you live a life of extraordinary privilege in a bubble somewhere, 2016 has rendered politics something that cannot be ignored, brushed off or waited-out for four more...

Dazed

Heron Preston on pollution & politics at Paris Fashion Week

Last Friday night, down a side street in the heart of the Marais, New York designer Heron Preston revealed his first eponymous collection, somewhat conveniently titled "For You,...

Dazed

Remembering Glenn O'Brien, who hated fashion and loved style

American writer and cultural critic Glenn O'Brien passed away at the age of 70 in April of 2017. To many, O'Brien wasn't simply a figure that wrote about pop culture, he was pop...

Dazed

How Factory Records inspired decades of fashion

Last month a small slice of Mancunian history appeared in Miami. Conceived in collaboration with Ben Kelly - the architect responsible for Manchester's iconic but now defunct...

Dazed

Trying to understand the Supreme brick

On Saturday morning I received a text from my mum. It was a picture of the queue outside London's Supreme store last Thursday, and an article about the branded brick (yes,...

Dazed

What does Raf Simons at Calvin Klein mean for fashion?

There is no longer any doubt over who will be heading up Calvin Klein, but one question does remain - what will the label look like under Raf Simons' direction? The initial...

Dazed

The secret history of mafia-run bootleg fashion

There's nothing inauthentic about fashion's current love affair with fakery. Maybe it's the zenith of post-irony, but something over the past 11 months has led labels to examine...

Dazed

What the hell is an Art Dad?

If you follow those that Kanye keeps in his inner circle - Virgil Abloh, Theophilus London, Heron Preston - you'll likely have seen a phrase repeated again and again over the...

Dazed

Ghetto Gastro are probably the coolest chefs in the world

Nomadic culinary collective Ghetto Gastro probably do not look like your typical chefs. In fact, there are likely few chefs who would know the name Rick Owens, never mind be...

Dazed

How the lines between streetwear and the runway are blurring

When it was announced at the tail end of last year that burgeoning streetwear brand Stüssy would mark its 35th anniversary with a collaboration with Comme des Garçons' seminal...

Highsnobiety

Shawn Stussy Biography | Highsnobiety

In the start of a brand new series for Highsnobiety chronicling the lives and careers of prominent figures in the street fashion industry, we kick off with the godfather of them...

Dazed

Exploring the USSR's underground obsession with Levi's 501s

"When you can make jeans better than Levi's, that will be the time to start talking about national pride," wrote one young, disgruntled reader of (the official newspaper of the...

Dazed

How exactly did North Face become cool?

To many, a mention of the brand The North Face conjures up ideas rooted in middle-England homogeneity, like warm pints, Land Rovers and thinly-veiled racism. It's something your...

Highsnobiety

YEEZY Season 4: Can Yeezy (Literally) Deliver? | Highsnobiety

When Kanye West appeared on a spate of radio shows in late 2013, seeking out investors for his new fashion line, he frequently referred to himself in typical braggadocios...

Dazed

Can today's designers stand the test of time?

30 years ago this month, six designers travelled from Antwerp to West Kensington to show their clothes at a trade show at London's Olympia Exhibition Centre. It's remarkable to...

Dazed

How Virgil Abloh went from DIY tees to Paris Fashion Week

"I look at my job, or mission, or passion, as defining streetwear," remarks Virgil Abloh. "It's a term that I always say could end up like disco if not handled well... I'm...