7. Fuct
When it comes to the pure, unadulterated notion of independent streetwear, it's Fuct. Erik Brunetti is one of the final buffalo, not so much a relic as an iconoclast-a true artist rooted in the practice of hand-drawn T-shirt illustrations over computer-vectorized graphics. Fuct is one of the remaining American brands still acutely respected in Japan, a respect that comes from the attention to detail and appreciation for original design unmarred by trends. There's a reason why a good chunk of the top contenders on this list (not naming names) have stolen fragments of their identity from Brunetti's creations.