13. Chris Gibbs
Who He Is: Owner, UNION Los Angeles
From his early days working SoHo's legendary shop scene when Stüssy, Union, and Supreme basically ran shit, Chris Gibbs learned his trade under the best. And he's since come into his own, taste-wise. Remember when visvim was only available in Japan? American enthusiasts rejoiced when UNION LA began to stock the legendary Japanese label. Chris' well-rounded knack for style and understanding of trends is largely what has made UNION LA such a success. Today, Gibbs remains a leader in terms of finding new quality labels like U.S. Alteration, Tantum, and Anachronorm. Essentially, he finds all the blogs' favorite brands before the Internet does.