What began as a humble venture born out of necessity during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, has now blossomed into a thriving sneakershop. Let's embark on a captivating journey as we take you back to the modest beginnings of Hype Temple to its current status.
It all started in May of 2020, when Manuel and Tom, two youth friends, faced with limited job opportunities due to the pandemic. As they both had a passion for sneakers they decided to dive headfirst into the world of sneaker reselling. After a brainstorm session they came up with the name "Hype Temple" and a close friend of them designed a logo for them. And so it began. They started sourcing coveted sneakers for friends and building a loyal following on Instagram. With each successful transaction, their reputation grew, and their passion for sneakers flourished.
By March 2022, Manuel and Tom took their vision a step further and launched their own website, providing a platform to showcase their handpicked collection of sneakers.
The turning point came in June of the same year when Hype Temple participated in a local event in Bree, Manuel's & Tom's hometown. The overwhelming response from sneaker enthusiasts attending the event fueled their determination to take Hype Temple to the next level. To make sure this wasn't a one-off they gave it another try in September where they participated at another local event. This was again a succes and it became evident that people were specifically coming to their Hype Temple stand.
With the realization that their concept was gathering traction together with the dedicated following they accumulated, Manuel and Tom embarked on an ambitious plan. They began contemplating the idea of a pop-up store in their hometown of Bree. That dream became a reality in December when they opened their doors to the public for a limited-time pop-up store. What happened during that month was something even they couldn't believe. Hype Temple received an overwhelming amount of support. This solidified that there was potential in Hype Temple and that it wasn't just a hobby anymore.
What was the next step? Transforming their pop-up into a permanent location. Manuel & Tom wanted to create a hub for sneaker enthusiasts, a place where the community could gather, share their love for sneakers, and immerse themselves in the vibrant culture that Hype Temple had cultivated.
Their first permanent store only fueled Manuel and Tom's ambition. They dreamt of expanding their presence and reaching even more sneaker enthusiasts. In April, they proudly opened their second location in Genk, offering a broader platform for sneaker enthusiasts to indulge in their passion.
Today, Hype Temple stands tall as a testament to the unwavering dedication, entrepreneurial spirit, and love for sneakers that Manuel and Tom embody. Their commitment to curating a collection, providing exceptional customer service, and fostering a vibrant community has propelled Hype Temple to be a ultimate haven for sneaker enthusiasts..
As the journey of Hype Temple continues, there's no doubt that Manuel and Tom will continue to push boundaries, explore new horizons, and inspire sneakerheads worldwide. Stay tuned to see how their story evolves.
Tom and Manuel,