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On the subject of fashion flashbacks, it's hard to believe that Hot Topic has been around for 25 years. Headquartered in Industry, California, the alternative culture-focused retailer was founded by Orv Madden in 1988 and has since become a mainstay on mall directories across the country.
To salute the company known for expertly outfitting goth-punk-rocker wannabes, Apparel News offers a short snapshot of HT's history, revealing Madden's motive for launching the concept. "[Madden] followed contemporary music and believed that no one was really in tune with young music worshipers who wanted music-influenced apparel. He set out to remedy that with loud music in the stores and racks of outrageous clothes. Now you can find scores of different bands' T-shirts at the retail chain as well as a wide array of everything from studded leather jewelry to Goth boots or girly dresses, skirts and pants for teenagers."
Our Hot Topic memories include Nine Inch Nail patches for tricking out our Jansport bags, chunky chain wallets for annoying our parents, fishnet stockings for channeling Tim Burton chic, and trippy posters for badass-ing our bedroom walls. What about you?
· Hot Topic [Official Site]
· Hot Topic Celebrates 25 Years [Racked]