I know it’s only a shop; four walls, a couple of glass panes and a door which are completely unable to reciprocate any emotion, but I’ll admit that I was a bit gutted when I learned today that Hideout Store will soon close its doors. It’s not so much that I will be left utterly bereft because of the host of exclusive brands Hideout stocked, we live in an age where we can acquire anything from the comfort of our own homes, but the shop represented the foundation of this odd sub-culture we find ourselves in. There are a plethora of brands which Hideout first brought to UK shores, from A Bathing Ape to Visvim, and it is always sad to see an independent retailer succumb to the pressures of rising rent prices and competition from large-scale conglomerates. At the best of times, it seems like this vanguard of independents are fighting a losing battle, but it’s one that we should support because they’re the kind of shops that act as agents of change and vehicles of creativity across various scenes. Fortunately, Hideout is part of a multi-faceted operation led by Michael Koppleman, which includes the successful distribution company Gimme5. The distribution aspect of the business will continue, but nonetheless it’s unfortunate that the bricks and mortar manifestation of Gimme5′s work will be no more.
I guess there’s a silver lining to this for the likes of you and I; a closing down sale with a load of deadstock to pick from. Expect bargains from the likes of Stussy, Wtaps and Neighborhood.
Long live Hideout.