5. STUSSY Louis Vuitton Homage
Inspired By: The Louis Vuitton logo
Stüssy's parodies of high-end brands were brazen, but hinted at the aspirations of Shawn and the Stüssy team. Blowing up globally into those hugely aspirational tribes, the use of Louis Vuitton style monogram patterning preempted a unity of luxury and street culture (though the Scott Campbell and Kanye hookups would merge the two significantly several years later). A throwback to a time when bootleg style wasn't too taboo and Dapper Dan creations made worlds collide stylistically, this is a memorable play on imagery. When Stüssy got litigious over a Freshjive parody several years later, we knew the brand's aspirations had been realized.