As many independent designers and boutiques will attest, fashion is a fickle business in which success is often dictated less by hard work and creativity than by connections, timing and the eventual backing of a major conglomerate. This may explain why a brand such as Nom de Guerre—literally “war name” in French—could be both so short-lived and highly influential, particularly in relation to the current intersection of streetwear, sneaker culture, and high-end fashion.

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