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Old 09-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Shopping at Toronto's new Hells Angels store. . .

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The new Hells Angels retail store in Leslieville is friendly, expensive, and feels...a little like a clubhouse.
By Jessica Bloom
The exterior of the store.

If you’re unaccustomed to entering unmarked storefronts, the Hells Angels retail store, now open in Leslieville, at 98 Carlaw Avenue, is unsettling. The closed plastic blinds make it impossible to see what’s going on inside. From the outside, the only indication of activity is a glowing neon “open” sign and the number “81″ (the numerical equivalent of the letters “H” and “A”) displayed in a window. Open up the doors and there’s a cute dog named Chanel following around tweens shopping for tank tops.

The Hells Angels store has the charm of a punk-show merch kiosk and smells like one, too. Two staff members quickly emerged from a back room to straighten up T-shirt hangers and ask questions. They were cagey at first, but they opened up after a little conversation.
There are racks and racks of branded shirts and sweaters. Everything is black, red, and white. A glass case at the front displays lighters, ashtrays, keychains, and panties, all declaring support for “BRM Downtown”—short for “Big Red Machine,” which is a nickname for the Hells Angels.
You won’t find any bargains at the store. They’re charging $5 for a calendar from 2005. Its pages contain two pairs of naked breasts and dates that will be relevant again in 2022. The most popular item is a black hoodie with flames on it.
The merchandise.

Without question, the style needs an update, but that hasn’t stopped brands from ripping off the club’s insignia. In 2010, the Hells Angels won a lawsuit against Alexander McQueen, who had unwisely used winged skulls on some handbags and jewelry. The club also sued Toys “R” Us over some “Death’s Head” yo-yos, and Wildfox over shirts that read, “My Boyfriend Is a Hells Angel.”
Only members are allowed to wear the club’s title on their clothing, which is why none of the apparel explicitly says “Hells Angels.” All the merchandise uses code words and metonyms.
The relationship between crime and fashion was addressed during last year’s Ontario Supreme Court case against the Toronto Hells Angels. During an April 2007 raid of the group’s Eastern Avenue clubhouse, trademarked clothing and accessories were seized as “offence-related property.”
In December of 2012, the court ruled that belt buckles, leather vests, and jewellery should be returned to their owners because the symbolism of membership didn’t warrant forfeiture. Toronto’s Hells Angels did, however, lose their clubhouse, because it harboured criminal activity. Now, they’ve opened the store, which invites a question: what’s the difference between a clubhouse and a store with a back room?
The Hells Angels run several successful storefronts across Canada, including ones in Moncton and Charlottetown. It’s surprising that they didn’t open up a retail store in Parkdale. It would have made a killing.
If you’re too scared to shop in person, you can always buy online. Just remember where your money’s going.
http://torontoist.com/2013/09/shoppi...-angels-store/


Article was written by a girl I knew a few years back. It popped up on her FB feed today. Not sure how good she is on fact checking, but interesting anyway.
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Old 09-24-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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I wonder if you can get a "Support" full face helmet there??
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:43 PM   #3
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Checked their website yet???

http://www.hellsangelstorontodowntown.com/
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:56 PM   #4
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NYC store

The used to have a store in the east village in NYC. Third street maybe? I bought a red Crime Inc. cap which I still have. The little ball peen hammer charms were cool.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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Checked their website yet???

http://www.hellsangelstorontodowntown.com/
Yep!

Poor little boys...
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:12 PM   #6
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i wonder if david mann's estate approved the use of his artwork
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:10 AM   #7
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Makin that dirty money clean.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:12 AM   #8
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I bet they don't have much shoplifting. Probably don't even need security cameras.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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They make a lot of money off their support wear and stickers.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #10
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Wear that shit somewhere the Angles are not the dominate club and see what happens
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Fuck them....my bro (RIP) belonged to a very small club called the "xxxx Angels" somewhere in QC way back then. They showed up "in force" and forced a name change when they took control of the drug supply in that area.

And there is way more I won't say here....Fuck them!

But just a few years ago one of them in full colors stopped at the small remote restaurant where I was having lunch. Asked about the next gas station....still a little ways I said but I happen to have a full gas can in my car if you think you need some.He declined politely.
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:34 PM   #12
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Just who I want to show support to, gangs...

I wonder if the Bloods will set up shop across the street?
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Old 09-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #13
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Great let's run out an support the local hoods! I wouldn't give them a dime of my money, even if the clowns in this particular store were upstanding citizens, which I doubt, there is no way I would support a gang that breaks the law like these asshats do!
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The target demographic is a twentysomething wanna be bad ass. The club members in B.C. are very wealthy and heavy into controlling drugs and grow ops as well as being the controlling agency for strippers which is very lucrative. They also own a lot of "legitimate" businesses.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:45 AM   #15
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The target demographic is a twentysomething wanna be bad ass. The club members in B.C. are very wealthy and heavy into controlling drugs and grow ops as well as being the controlling agency for strippers which is very lucrative. They also own a lot of money laundering outlets.
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