The streetwear market is without a doubt one of the most difficult to break into right now. Due to Instagram and all the other different platforms that constantly feed us with content, it can be very easy for brands or designers to become oversaturated and lost within the vast depth of the internet. We’ve made it our mission to highlight the talent that does deserve to be recognised, with London-based designer Denzel (known as @curriegoat) on Instagram being our top pick this week.
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❤️ALL SOLD OUT❤️ . So guys I just want to thank you all again for the crazy amount of support you guys show me😭❤️. You guys have changed my life in just 5 months 🤩. . I’m working really hard to improve the content for you guys💪🏿, I’m making templates that you can download for free👹 (one a week time willing) so you can make your own designs👩🏿🎨. I’m making long form YouTube Tutorials🎥 and I’m working on my entertainment based content like challenges. Also I’m trying to improve the creativity of my posts😁. If you have questions or suggestions please hit me in the DM’s📧. Everyone who sent work I’ll be posting it on my story soon and anyone making work please send it my way. Much love 💗 Denzel
Over just a short period of time, Denzel has amassed an impressive following on Instagram that are keen to like and support his work. While he’s not a traditional designer as such, he refers to himself as a “Streetwear Artist”. Instead of making patterns and cutting his own garments, Denzel spends hours on end intricately painting and embroidering existing clothing, showcasing his personalised and instantly-recognisable style.
Whether it’s jeans, sweaters or even sneakers, it’s easy to spot a curriegoat garment from a mile away. He draws influence from many different traditional cultures, and there’s a definite nod to the tattoo world in his designs that’s apparent when looking at the skulls, dragons and wild-beasts that feature. Colour coordination is also a huge theme here, with his love of matching items prevalent with just a scroll of his Instagram feed.
Denzel’s garments are proudly displayed alongside high-heat sneakers the majority of the time, and he does a great job finding the perfect pair. His customised beige work pants can be seen alongside the Travis Scott Air Force 1’s, while a pair of black denim is styled with the essential Comme des Garcons x Converse Chuck Taylor’s for an iconic look!
He’s also had his fair share of exposure over the years, which we can’t say we’re surprised about. 2019 saw Denzel team up with prolific London-based sneaker retailer Size? to help with the launch of the brand-new Converse Chuck Taylor Multi Patch. He created a series of limited-edition patches that could be placed upon the sneakers, totally transforming the look. The collaboration was a huge success and much of Denzel’s work was featured throughout the promotions surrounding the release.
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After this strong exposure, Denzel’s following grew substantially and continues to grow. While the majority of his pieces are still one-off designs, we wouldn’t be surprised to witness the launch of a full collection or capsule soon. Once this happens, rest assured we’ll be the first to let you know. For the time being you can spend hours gawping at his designs on the internet and wishing you had them in your wardrobe!