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Sports Banger: Lifestyles of the poor, rich and famous’ Book Tour

Free

9 November 2023 @ 6:30 PM 11:00 PM GMT

We’re honoured to be supporting the Sheffield leg of @sportsbanger ‘Lifestyles of the poor, rich and famous’ book tour, on the 9th of Nov.

The book tells the story of the brand’s evolution from a bootlegging operation back in 2013, to an internationally renowned DIY fashion powerhouse and record label.

Daniel Dylan Wray will host a talk with the man behind Sports Banger, Jonny Banger. We’ve also invited some of Sheffield’s finest DJs to play the afters.

About the book:

The first Sports Banger retrospective, published to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the anarchic, genre-bending cult fashion house.

Sports Banger is a genre-defying, boundary-breaking fashion collective run by Jonny Banger, who interrogates British pop culture, fashion, class and politics through the subversion and (mis)appropriation of branding. Sports Banger: Lifestyles of the Poor, Rich and Famous tells the story of the first ten years of the irreverent brand, from its foundation in 2013 to the present day. It charts the rise of the brand from an underground bootlegging operation to an all-inclusive, internationally recognized DIY fashion house, record label and socially conscious satirist in the mould of a modern-day Hogarth.

In a layout created by the Sports Banger studio, the book’s images reflect the anarchic story: photographs of studio ephemera, couture pieces, community projects, protests and fashion shows feature alongside one-off pieces produced for Skepta, 2 Chainz, Samantha Morton, David Hoyle and more. The book contains a full t-shirt archive of iconic Sports Banger bootleg t-shirts. Reappropriated Nike, NHS and Adidas logos rub shoulders with images of defaced government letters, raves, food banks and official collaborations with Tommy Hilfiger and Slazenger. The book is an of-our-times hybrid of political comment, DIY fashion and proud class consciousness. Essays featured come from influential figures from the worlds of fashion, art and music, including Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, writer and curator Anastasiia Fedorova, and fashion writer and curator Nathalie Khan as well as voices of the general public and reviews from VogueDazed and the V&A.

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