Vans x Mindseekers – “Lightning” Old Skool (10.2.17)

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“Los Angeles-based fashion brand mindseeker has unveiled its collaboration with skate label Vans. A perfect complement to ms’s quirky and flamboyant aesthetic, this pair sports a hard to miss look. With black as its base color, the shoe is then mashed up with blue lightning bolts, yellow trims and a checkerboard midsole pattern.

Additionally, the interior is also yellow and mindseeker’s logo is placed on the back heel for a striking touch. Unfortunately, the shoes have already released on October 2 at mindseeker’s official site.”

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Vault x Opening Ceremony – Patent Leather Classic Slip-On LX (10.6.17)

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Opening Ceremony is back at it again, with their tonal Vault by Vans collabs.  This time, they switched it up a bit and went with a patent leather upper instead of their usual full-grain premium leather.  The pack will come in 5 colorways, black, white, orange, lemon, and lime.  You can either go classy, or flashy with this pack.  The pack is set to release this Friday, the 6th, and retail is rumored to be set at $100.

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Vans Skate x Civilist – Coffee & Cigarettes Pack (10.7.17)

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Berlin’s Civilist has joined forces with Vans on a limited edition footwear pack titled “Coffee & Cigarettes.” The collaborative offering consists of two Authentic Pro variants alongside one Style 47 DX iteration that was inspired by the Slip-On Velcro model. Conclusively, graphic motifs of coffee beans and cigarette butts are aptly embellished on the insoles of each shoe.

Civilist has this to say about their recent collab:

“Our daily routine when opening up store consists of the usual…clean up mess the kids left the day before, put money in the draw, switch the lights on, and then head over to our coffee spot to grab a freshly brewed COFFEE accompanied by a CIGARETTE.”

Note:  The Style 47 DX was an exclusive release only for Civilist, but the rest of the pack will be available at a few other Vans stockists.

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Vans x Peanuts – Collection Two (10.6.17)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, continues its long-standing relationship with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang in its latest collection of footwear, apparel and accessories this October. Using original illustrations by Charles M. Schulz, the collection pays homage to the iconic characters and artwork from the original Peanuts holiday television specials.

Charles M. Schulz illustrations take new shape across the Sk8-Hi Reissue and Old Skool styles using the entire silhouette as a canvas. Original designs of Charlie Brown and Snoopy take over the monochromatic silhouettes and are outfitted with leather Sidestripes. Kicking it back to the comic strip days is an Authentic that has been decorated with holiday themed comic strip scenes. Peanuts fans can get their dancing shoes on in an Authentic or Old Skool model that depicts the whole Peanuts Gang during the memorable dance party scene from the animated television special, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Half Cab, Vans designers have included Snoopy and his family members across the canvas panels of the Half Cab. Peek closely and you may see Snoopy’s brother, Spike, on the Half Cab’s tongue label with a Checkerboard printed hat and Schulz signature embossed into the suede toe box. Vans’ very own Checkerboard Slip-On has been reimagined this season to include the many playful expressions of Snoopy that can be found within print. The Sk8-Hi Reissue gets a premium upgrade with leather materialization and has been embossed on the quarter-panels to include the subtle presence of Snoopy and a hidden Woodstock can be seen on the tongue label. A very special Classic Slip-On was created to celebrate the everlasting friendship between Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock and features plush patches on the vamp of each Slip-On and is finished with ‘Best Friends’ embossed into the front toe bumper of each shoe.

Signature Vans x Peanuts apparel and accessories will be available in a range of prints that match the footwear assortment, including the monochromatic Charlie Brown and Snoopy illustrations and Snoopy’s family for men. Women will have a playfully pink collection of the Peanuts dance party apparel and a tonal collection dedicated to Snoopy. Even the littlest Vans and Peanuts fans will receive their very own assortment of footwear that will be available in kids and toddler sizing including the comic strip and dance party Authentic. Just in time for Halloween, the Sk8-Hi Zip includes glow-in-the-dark Snoopy and Woodstock dressed up as mummies while the Old Skool V features easy hook-and-loop straps and uses the Snoopy Checkerboard print. Tiny tykes get their very own Classic Slip-On that features Snoopy with a plush tail detail at the heel.”

The latest Vans x Peanuts collection of footwear, apparel and accessories will be available to shop in Vans retail stores and vans.com/Peanuts on October 6th!

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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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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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