Hip­ster­her­itage is any­thing but

Country Life Every Week - - Athena - Cul­tural Cru­sader

FOR read­ers who are not fa­mil­iar with the new gen­er­a­tion of ‘hip­sters’—the name is bor­rowed from an ear­lier group of jazz fans, dropouts and dope smok­ers—they can be quickly de­scribed as a group of young, tech-savvy, ironic, of­ten ob­scu­ran­tist folk. The men have a pen­chant for com­plex fa­cial hair, tar­tan shirts, rolled-up jeans, braces and man­bags. Lady hip­sters cul­ti­vate a stu­diously di­shev­elled look, with a fond­ness for Clark Kent/buddy Holly-style spec­ta­cles, skinny jeans and de­signer sneakers.

Favourite foods are ra­men, bulkogi, wheat­grass, ka­mut, quinoa, poke and al­most any­thing suf­fi­ciently ar­cane or ar­ti­sanal. They are al­most an ex­clu­sively ur­ban phe­nom­e­non. Brook­lyn is the genus’s lo­cus clas­si­cus, but in the UK, they are

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