Hot Rod x Under The Palms x The Authentic Era – Event Recap Pics (via @solscience)

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This past weekend, we teamed up with Hot Rod to put on a pop-up shop for The Authentic Era, complete with an in-store live custom printing on vintage Made In USA Vans tees.  The event was a success, and people were really liking the hats and tees that we had made for the event.  We saw a bunch of familiar faces, as well as some new ones.  A few longtime members of Under The Palms and Strictly Waffles finally were able to come out and show support, which is always nice.  We had an awesome time, and we hope to do this again.  I want to thank Bernard, and the entire Hot Rod crew for really going above and beyond for little ‘ol us.  From the designs, to the merch production, to the man hours put in to this.  I appreciate all of it, and am humbled by it.  I’m definitely not worthy.  I also want to thank Kent and Daichi from solscience for taking these cool pics of the event.  I get caught up visiting with people, that I forget to take photos.  Enjoy these pics after the jump!

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Hot Rod x Under The Palms x The Authentic Era – Capsule Collection (Available Now!) @hotrodla #hrla

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We’re proud to announce this special limited-run collaboration with Los Angeles’ Hot Rod.  What started out as a pop-up shop event for our The Authentic Era project, has turned into something much more fun and exciting.  We’ve come up with a few bad ass graphics for the collection, which are available in 3 colorways of hats, and tees.  But wait, there’s more!  If you come to the event tonight from 5-10 PM, we’ll be doing an in-store exclusive t-shirt printing, utilizing some vintage Made In USA Vans tees from the early 90’s.  Once they’re gone…they’re gone.  Your chances of owning something cool like this will probably never happen again.  Support this cool project, and head on over to L.A.’s west side Vault by Vans dealer, Hot Rod, at 2253 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064.

For supporters who can’t make the event, you can still cop the hats and tees (coming soon) over on Hot Rod’s webstore!

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Vans Partners with Chef Paul Kahan to Release Limited Footwear Capsule and Raise Awareness for Chicago Charity, Pilot Light

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Vans continues to foster the creative culture of the food industry by partnering with celebrated Chef Paul Kahan, and One Off Hospitality Group to showcase a footwear capsule, in conjunction with four of their Chicago restaurants: Publican Quality Meats, avec, Blackbird and Dove’s Luncheonette. A special event to highlight Kahan’s culinary creativity is set for April 1 at House of Vans Chicago and will raise money toward Pilot Light, a non-profit organization of which Kahan is a founding member.

Kahan’s accolades are many and Vans is proud to partner with the chef on a four-piece capsule that includes premium versions of Vans’ Classic silhouettes. The Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On highlight colorways that are drawn directly from each restaurant’s aesthetic. A grey Old Skool speaks to the effortless Mediterranean style avec employs, while the Sk8-Hi highlights the diner setting of Dove’s Luncheonette, blending a retro and modern design to compliment the restaurant. The Classic Slip-On takes on design features from Publican Quality Meats and Blackbird with subtle pops of color that coordinate with their iconic logos. Each style features a contoured drop-in Vans UltraCush™ footbed for all-day maximum comfort, Vansguard™ canvas uppers to repel water, as well as dirt and slip-resistant, vulcanized lugged outsoles.

“I’ve worn Vans my whole life, and feel that skaters, cooks and musicians share a lot of culture and creativity. I’m excited to be part of that,” Kahan said. Despite accolades and adoration, Kahan’s biggest accomplishment remains his work as a mentor for young chefs. He works to foster empowerment, providing the resources necessary to grow, both as a chef and person.

To highlight the importance of food education, House of Vans Chicago will host an event, complete with a raffle, to raise awareness toward Pilot Light. Pilot Light, a nonprofit organization that helps children make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home and in their communities, directly works with local Chicago schools and provides an interactive way for children to learn about the importance of nutrition. The funds from the raffle will be used to support Pilot Light programming at local school, Mitchell Elementary, from now throughout 2018. In addition, House of Vans Chicago will host a performance by post-punk band, Preoccupations, which is open to public with RSVP at houseofvans.com.

“Vans’ ethos is driven by creative expression and our brand has been lucky enough to partner with a wide range of creative individuals that bring the ‘Off The Wall’ meaning to life,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “Chefs like Paul exemplify creativity and Vans is honored to support his work in educating our youth that creative avenues exist through all professions.”

Chef Paul Kahan is passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine. Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern O’Hare and most recently, Publican Anker. Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.

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Vans Announces the Opening of House of Vans Chicago with Performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and Noname (2.3.17)

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Words via Vans:

“Vans, the original action sports brand rooted in art, music and street culture, is pleased to announce House of Vans Chicago will open its doors on February 3, 2017. The opening event will be marked with special live performances from Future Islands, Digable Planets and Chicago-based breakout artist, Noname.

The two-day celebration kicks off with music and will include a photography retrospective highlighting photos shot at House of Vans by emerging photographers Jonathan Mehring, Bryan Derballa, Ashley Osborn, Ryan Kobane and Laura June Kirsch. On February 4, House of Vans Chicago will host two artist-led workshops, which include “Copy Jam” mixed media workshop with Chad Kouri and “Caught in Motion” Skate Photography workshop with Atiba Jefferson. In the evening, House of Vans Chicago will welcome the community with an Open House where guests can skate the newly built skatepark and check out design elements that have been incorporated with Chicago in mind. As the only existing indoor skatepark in the Chicago metropolitan area, local skaters will experience a custom-built course, featuring the reimagination of iconic West Coast skate spots, Lockwood and China Banks, plus additional obstacles for every skill level. The backdrop to the Lockwood-inspired obstacle features an ivy-covered wall that pays homage to Wrigley Field, using ‘66, Vans’ founding year as the outfield distance marker. Additionally, guests can enjoy a beautifully repurposed Goose Island brewpub bar that was originally located steps away from Wrigley Field. Located at 113 N Elizabeth St., House of Vans Chicago will always be free and open to the public.

 “Chicago has a rich and eclectic history across action sports, art, music and street culture akin to Vans’ own roots and ‘Off The Wall’ ethos,” said Doug Palladini, Vans’ Global Brand President. “It’s an honor to bring House of Vans to life here in Chicago so we can grow our Vans family and give back to the creative communities that make this city so vibrant.”

 House of Vans Chicago – Schedule

·       January 24: RSVP Open Now http://www.houseofvans.com/

·       February 3:  6:30pm Grand Opening: Performances by Future Islands, Digable Planets and NONAME, Photography Retrospective

·       February 4: 12:00pm – 2:00pm “Caught in Motion” Workshop with Atiba Jefferson

3:00pm – 5:00pm “Copy Jam” Workshop with Chad Kouri

6:00 pm – 10:00pm Community Open House

As the cultural hub of the Vans brand, this opening marks the third permanent location – the original in New York’s Greenpoint neighborhood and the second nestled within the Old Vic Tunnels beneath London’s Waterloo Station. Functioning as an art gallery, music venue, skatepark, indie film premiere house, artist-led workshop and more, the House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives and serves as a direct connection to the Vans brand worldwide.”

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Under The Palms MY x SneakerLAH – Sneaker Convention (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) @underthepalmsmy #underthepalmsmy #sneakerlah

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Join Under The Palms Malaysia this weekend, at Kuala Lumpur’s premier sneaker convention SneakerLAH.  This is the first time that they’ve requested a Vans display, which is proof that the Vans culture is alive and thriving in the Southeast Pacific.  Our bro Izam runs our @underthepalmsmy page, and helps spread the Vans gospel all over Malaysia, so it was no surprise that he was approached to be a part of this event, and showcase some of his rare Vans.  He’s an artistic person, so he has a great sense of style and design, as you can tell by the photo of his space above.  He’ll be updating the IG account with pics from the event all weekend, so check it out from time to time.  Props my brotha!

I’ve since updated this post, to include a bunch of pics that were taken of the event and exhibit.  Check them out after the jump!

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Vans Vault x Robert Williams – More Pics From The Event!

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I admit I’m not the best when it comes to media coverage of events, and that’s why I try to provide a more personal approach to my recaps.  Thankfully we have other nice folks at Vans willing to cover our asses when it comes to the media side of things, providing much more outstanding photos than I was able to take.  Thank you Vans once again, and hopefully we’ll meet up again for another one of these things.

Enjoy about 70 awesome pics after the jump!

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Vans Vault x Robert Williams – Release Party Recap (7.23.16)

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When our friends at Vans send out the invite for a special occasion, you know we try to do our best to provide you with the same experiences that we are fortunate to have.  As a true Vans fan boy, I’ll always consider myself lucky to be a part of these things, and to be able to rub elbows and chop it up with like-minded individuals about Vans…it just doesn’t get better than that.  This was a night to celebrate Robert Williams though, and his collaboration with Vault by Vans  for Vans’ 50th Anniversary celebration, and just like I’ve done in the past, I want to take you along for the evening’s festivities as if you were there with me, like I hope most of you wanted to be.

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Vans – U.S. Open of Surf 2016 Collection

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Words via Strictly Waffles

“Just ahead of next month’s event in Huntington Beach, CA, Vans has released the annual US Open of Surfing collection. Consisting of 5 men’s styles, the collection features one Slip On, two Authentics, an Old Skool, and Sk8 Hi.

Three models in the collection feature a photographically printed sunset and palm tree graphic. The Sk8 Hi opts for black canvas vamp and heel counters while the printed canvas drapes the entire upper of the Slip On and Authentic.

The other two pairs in this set make use of the classic checkerboard pattern which the brand is so well known for. Both heel counters of the Authentic and the Old Skool are wrapped in the black and white check canvas while the vamps are dressed in red suede for the Authentic and blue on the Old Skool. Additionally, the US Open of Surfing logo is printed along both sides of the Authentic’s midsole.

The Vans US Open of Surfing 2016 Footwear Collection is available now from Vans.com. If you are in Huntington Beach and would rather pick them up in person, head to the event from July 23 – 31st. ”

Vans Announces the 1st Annual Vans BMX Street Invitational (6.25.16)

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The first ever Vans BMX Off The Wall BMX Street Invitational is a unique BMX Street event that brings together the biggest names in BMX Street riding – from the undisputed gold medalist to the video filming champ to the local boy battling it out at the Vans Off The Wall Skatepark & Jack’s Garage in Huntington Beach, CA.

The Vans BMX Street Invitational honors the sport’s elite as they illustrate their style across urban terrain including stairs, handrails, ledges and banks. The inaugural event welcomes the world’s best BMX street riders including Dakota Roche, Ty Morrow, Dan Lacey, Sean Sexton, Bruno Hoffmann and more.

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House of Vans Partners with Rooftop Films to Announce the New York Premiere of Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic and Los Punks: We Are All We Have

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House of Vans, the cultural hub of the iconic Vans brand, in partnership with Rooftop Films, are excited to bring two memorable evenings of music and cinema to the House of Vans Brooklyn. Celebrating Rooftop Film’s 20th Annual Summer Series and the on-going House of Vans global expansion, both entities will bring creativity to life under one roof with the world premiere of Andrew Cohn’s documentary Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic and the New York debut of director Angela Boatwright’s Los Punks: We Are All We Have.

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