Vans – “Souvenir Jacket” Collection (Fall 2017)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans kicks off the upcoming holiday season with a head-to-toe offering that draws inspiration from the souvenir bomber jacket. The eight-piece California Souvenir assortment is dressed in rich materials including satin, decorative lurex piping, and embroidered detailing across a collection of Classics and apparel staples. The capsule will be available worldwide beginning this October.

The hero piece of the capsule comes from Vans’ interpretation of the souvenir jacket, which sets the stage for the entire offering. Vans designers pay homage to the customary elements of a traditional souvenir jacket including two-toned color-blocking, striped rib detailing, quilted lining and embroidered back script and tiger. Those original elements are blended alongside nods to Vans’ home state of California with embroidered palm trees and poppy flowers.

Proving Vans Classics are not just one thing, Vans designers have brought the flight satin and embroidery elements to three of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes. The Classic Slip-On features the all over satin material and embroidery across the vamp of shoe. The tiger in the poppies are mirrored across a rose-pink execution, while the black Classic Slip-On highlights the tiger in the palms and the poppy on each side. The Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Reissue take a subtle approach and use lush satin paneling throughout and feature decorative lurex cording across the heel. Each style is delivered in classic black with a metallic greige available in the Old Skool.  Available in Unisex sizing (up to a mens 10).”

The California Souvenir Pack will be available to shop online at Vans.com/Classics or in Vans retail locations beginning this October!

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Vans Skate x Pyramid Country – Half Cab Pro (9.23.17)

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Words via Vans:
“Vans Pro Skate presents a special, limited-release glow-in-the-dark Half Cab Pro inspired by Arizona-based skateboarding collective, Pyramid Country. Spawned from the psychedelic Sonoran Desert in the summer of 2012 by a group of working class outcasts, Pyramid Country’s creative skate video direction is a true extension of the brand’s persona and unique desert surroundings.

Paying homage to the vibrant glow that is the Arizona skateboarding scene, the new Vans Pro Skate Half Cab Pro by Pyramid Country highlights a rich crepe gum foxing and outsole that entirely glows in the dark. The Half Cab Pro is equipped with Vans’ proven UltraCush HD sockliners for superior cushioning and boardfeel, Duracap reinforced uppers for enhanced durability, and Vans’ original waffle sole for the most reliable grip in the industry. As a fitting ode to the iconic skate shoe, the Half Cab model also celebrates its 25 year on shelves this fall.”

Available at select Vans Pro Skate retailers worldwide this Saturday, September 23, the new Vans Half Cab Pro by Pyramid Country features:

Pig suede, Leather and mesh upper materials
Custom embossed Pyramid Country tetrahedron detail
Vans Ultracush HD footbeds w/ custom Pyramid Country artwork

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Vault by Vans x Aries – OG Sk8-Hi LX & OG Slip-On LX (Available Now!)

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Words via Hypebeast:

“Vault by Vans linked up with London-based label Aries — the brainchild of Palace-affiliate Fergus Purcell and Sofia Pantera — on a colorful graphic capsule. Taking on the classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi silhouettes, every sneaker in the pack features a cartoon tiger motif that has previously appeared on patches and tees from the brand.

While the Sk8-Hi silhouette is available in either all black with a yellow side stripe or a monochromatic black and white version, the Slip-Ons are far more colorful. The sneaker comes in either a red upper with black trim or white upper with a red trim — both of which feature a green heel patch. All of the sneakers in the capsule feature the words “ARIES ARISE” around the midsole.”

The sneakers are available now, exclusively from the Aries web store, with the Slip-On’s priced at £100 GBP (approx. $135 USD) and the Sk8-Hi’s priced at £130 GBP (approx. $175 USD).

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Vault by Vans x Opening Ceremony – Paisley OG Authentic LX (Available Now!)

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Opening Ceremony’s latest Vault by Vans collaboration comes by way of this paisley pack, featuring two black colorways of an OG Authentic LX, with intricate shiny paisley swirl patterns.  One is Tango Red, and the other is Calliste Green.  Both feature black soles, lace eyelets and laces, which is a nice change up from their normal bright tonal leather releases.  Both are exclusive to Opening Ceremony, and retail for $85 respectively.

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Supreme x Andres Serrano – “Blood and Semen” Sk8-Hi, Chukka, and Old Skool (F/W 2017)

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Words via Supreme:

“Andres Serrano is an artist and photographer born in 1950 in New York City. Raised as a strict Roman Catholic, much of Serrano’s work explores and challenges religion through the artist’s interpretation of traditional religious iconography with the incorporation of human bodily fluids such as blood, urine, semen and breast milk. Two of his most notable works are Piss Christ and the Blood and Semen series.

While a majority of Serrano’s body of work has been embroiled in controversy, none more than Piss Christ; a photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in a tank of the artist’s urine. The reactions to the piece ranged from denouncement by US Senators to vandalizing of prints by Christian protestors to death threats.”

This fall, Supreme has worked on a collection featuring Andres Serrano’s pieces, Piss Christ, Madonna & Child II and Blood and Semen II. The collection consists of two Hooded Sweatshirts, Sweatpants and two graphic T-Shirts. In addition Supreme has worked with Vans® on a Sk8-Hi, Chukka and Old Skool featuring Blood and Semen II.

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A Day At The New Vans Corporate Headquarters (8.30.17)

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I know it’s been a few weeks since we were invited to tour the Vans Corporate Headquarters, but life has really been in the way and I haven’t been able to really sit down and write.  I mainly wanted to share with you, some random photos that I was able to take while touring this amazing new facility.  Situated right off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa, just West of Harbor Blvd., perfectly visible from the freeway, stands this gigantic checkerboard wrapped building, with an even more giant Vans logo on each side of the building.  It’s even more magnificent from the inside courtyard, where you’ve all seen that big red staircase that connects all 3 floors together.

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I started out my day meeting up with the Strictly Waffles fam Eddie and Joey in the parking lot.  We arrived inside to all of our Vans PR friends, and a few familiar faces I’ve met at past events.  We were provided with some breakfast items and Stumptown Coffee which is the coffee of choice throughout the main cafe, and the coffee kitchens situated on each floor.  I was all about that nitro cold brew that was on tap, served up by their very own barista Brandon.  This was too awesome.

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The day of course started with a nice introduction from Steve Van Doren, and his sister Cheryl, talking about what was important when asking employees about what they wanted the new building to have, as well as making sure it was a place that made you love being at work.  There are private think spaces throughout the entire building, an outdoor courtyard complete with a bell that can be rung and heard throughout the entire place, when you make a significant achievement, and there’s even a game room loaded with air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboards to blow off a little steam on.  Vans memorabilia is on display almost everywhere you look.  Band collab shoes, custom Fender guitars, and even the Vans Born Free 9 motorcycle that was built by Thompson Cycles. Read More

Strictly Waffles Presents: “Waffle Lovers” Meet & Greet at Blends Costa Mesa (Friday 9.1.17)

Check out this small video recap of last Friday’s “Waffle Lovers” event put on by Strictly Waffles and hosted by Blends Costa Mesa, while Fall Brewing provided the refreshments.  Thanks to the SW fam for coming out and supporting this dope event, and thanks to Eddie for allowing Dave and I to display some of our vintage heaters from our The Authentic Era collection.  Y’all don’t want to miss the next one!

Vans x Karl Lagerfeld – Collection (9.7.17)

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Words via Vans:

Vans and KARL LAGERFELD are pleased to announce the launch of an exclusive Vans x KARL LAGERFELD capsule collection in Fall 2017. Featuring 12 styles, the collection reinterprets Vans’ renowned classic styles through the lens of the iconic fashion house, for an effortlessly cool result. The Vans x KARL LAGERFELD designs will be revealed for the first time to the public at the Bread & Butter trend show in Berlin, from September 1 to 3, 2017. The collection will launch worldwide on September 7 at KARL LAGERFELD boutiques, select Vans accounts, Vans.com and KARL.com.

The Vans x KARL LAGERFELD collection is a Parisian-chic twist to Vans’ timeless classics. The apparel and accessories offering makes a bold statement with a two-toned palette in black and white. Styles include a t-shirt and sweatshirt with the Vans x KARL LAGERFELD logo; a t-shirt with an image of Karl Lagerfeld wearing a checkerboard tie; a black and white raglan sleeve bomber; a premium leather backpack with K-quilted stitching; and a cap with a checkerboard brim.

The Vans x KARL LAGERFELD footwear includes six interpretations of Vans Classic styles, including the debut of the SK8-Hi Laceless Platform and the Old Skool Laceless platform, both outfitted in luxe leather with K-quilted stitching atop white platform soles. The offering further includes a solid black leather Classic Slip-On finished with K-quilted details. The Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Reissue receive premium leather uppers that have been outfitted with bouclé fabric quarter-panels atop a black outsole. Rounding out the assortment, Vans’ legendary black and white Checkerboard Classic Slip-On has been remastered with a Vans x KARL LAGERFELD cameo print.

“This exciting collaboration is a fusion of Vans’ classic style and KARL LAGERFELD’s iconic design” said Angie Dita, Vans Senior Footwear Designer. “Working in close partnership, our teams designed this collection to reflect the unique histories of our respective brands. As a tribute to KARL LAGERFELD’s fashion DNA, we highlighted elements like boucle fabric and K-quilted stitching, and we reinterpreted Vans’ signature checkerboard pattern with Karl’s cameo silhouette motif.”

The Vans x KARL LAGERFELD collection will be available worldwide beginning September 7, with prices ranging from $40 to $300 USD. Visit Vans.com/KARLLAGERFELD and KARL.com for more information.

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Vans Skate – Half Cab Pro “25th Anniversary” (Available Now!)

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Words via Vans:

“This fall, the world’s most iconic signature skateboarding shoe, the Vans Half Cab, celebrates 25 years of legendary skateboarding heritage. Originally released in 1992, the Half Cab represents an era of true design innovation. Constructed by street skaters in the early 90s by cutting the collar off the original Vans Caballero pro model and spawning the “lighter, better, faster” version of its predecessor, the iconic signature shoe for Steve Caballero has stood the test of time as a Vans Pro Skate favorite. The Half Cab has indisputably revolutionized performance skate progression, and still to this day, represents the leading-edge modifications in skateboarding footwear for which Vans has come to be known.

An icon in his own right with more than 45 years of influential skateboarding under his belt, from his tenure as part of the original Bones Brigade crew to his decades-long career as a pioneer of skateboarding from vert and park, to street and bowl, Vans honors legend Steve Caballero with the release of two exclusive Half Cab colorways in the token silver anniversary hue and classic black.

Highlighting premium pig suede uppers, metallic silver details, and a tonal embroidered “XXV” on the back heel for a commemorative touch, the 25th Anniversary Vans Half Cab is equipped with Vans Pro Skate’s signature Pro Classics performance innovation, featuring supportive ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, and DURACAP reinforced underlays in high abrasion areas for premium durability and consistent fit.”

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Vans Classics – Retro Sport Pack (August 2017)

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Words via Vans:

“Continuing to showcase the deep assortment within Vans’ style icons, Vans draws inspiration from the past to release the Retro Sport pack. The Sk8-Hi Reissue, Sk8-Hi Slim and Old Skool take on a vintage vibe characterized by a 1970’s, prismatic color scheme on rich suede.

Retro active wear has remained a source of inspiration in the Vans Classics collection and Vans designers emphasize its influence for the coming season. The capsule is constructed with an opulent suede material in colors including Gunmetal, Glazed Ginger, Tibetan Red, Blossom and Sea Spray Green. Combined with contrast white stitching, white leather Sidestripe, canvas white tongue, cotton laces and a marshmallow outsole, the Vans Retro Sport pack nods towards Vans’ early design foundation.”

The Retro Sport pack is available to shop in Vans stores, online at Vans.com/Classics and select retailers.

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