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!
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.
Erwin is the originator of the Vans sneaker room. When he first joined our forum and shared photos of what he had safely locked inside of his house, we were stunned. It’s something that takes a long time to build, and many more have replicated what he has done, and in their own tasteful way, but I just had to pay homage to our friend. Erwin has been thinning the herd, selling off some less favored pairs, but he plans to keep most of the gems. As you can tell, he has a thing for the Sk8-Hi. When we were all buying Chukkas and Half Cabs, Erwin was picking up all of the rarest and coolest Sk8-Hi’s. What blows my mind is that he managed to do this all while residing in the Netherlands. That’s some serious dedication! Thanks for being a part of our core community, and helping educate the new Vans collectors. Salute!
Check out a few prior pics of what the room looked like after the jump
This past Sunday, we linked up with the homies at Frank & Sons for their inaugural Laced, Locked, and Loaded Super Show. If you aren’t from the SoCal area, or you aren’t a comic book, sports memorabilia, or toy nerd, then you probably don’t know what Frank & Sons is. Basically, it’s the OG Triple OG place to go for all things just mentioned. They’ve been around longer than San Diego Comic Con, and this was, and still is the place to go, to get your fix on all things collectible, and yes even sneakers! Open every Tuesday and Saturday! Our friend Pablo runs a booth at this show, and he, along with Frankie Z of Frank & Sons, and their team, organized one of the biggest, and best shows we’ve seen, since the Dunkxchange days. Keep in mind, this was a grassroots effort, and the local shops, and sneaker community came out and supported them to the fullest. I was just stoked to see someone local from my same home town area do something like this, and it was a no-brainer to be a part of it. L.A. came to the SGV/IE for this! The show was huge, and there was a ton of heat on display. I knew that if I was going to join in on this, then I would have to bring out some of the best Vans to ever release. Plus, I was representing for the Vans community that couldn’t be there. I took quite a bit of pictures, mostly of our table, which is probably what y’all wanted to see anyways, right? A special thanks goes out to my Tintin, and to the homie Dean for helping me out all day. Thanks to Pablo and Frankie for the hospitality and keeping things running smoothly for everyone, and oh yeah, thanks to everyone who’s already commented on a few pics on Strictly Waffles FB group, and here’s the rest that I took. Enjoy!
“Vans Syndicate celebrated its 10-year anniversary last month, and in celebration of this significant milestone, the brand hosted a retrospective installation at Los Angeles’ Known Gallery. Take a look inside the event which features artwork, limited edition collectibles, special collaborative projects and much more — all to commemorate a decade in existence. The installation is entitled These Days: Ten Years of Vans Syndicate and many of the most notable Vans’ family and friends were there for the opening, including Shawn Stussy, Jason Dill, Tetsu Mishiyama and of course, Rian Pozzebon, Vans’ head of design and founding designer of Vans Syndicate.”
James Drakeford, or as we know him as MrKingJD, is that dude. Always dressed in something fresh, with a unique style as eclectic as his choice in sneakers. Being a part of the Sole Classics team sure gives him a lot of exposure to different styles, and he’s been fortunate enough to help design some of their collaborations (some unreleased as of yet), and he sat down with Authentic® to talk a little bit about himself, and how he approaches his design work. You’ll also get to see a few of his custom designed shoes from various ID programs from different brands. Get to know our friend a little better by reading his interview over on his site!
We are extremely excited to announce, along w/ Sole Assassins (@soleassassins), and Footage by Thecoolshoeshine (@footage_official), that we’ll be hosting a bi-monthly “collecticon” if you will we’ve named, “Consortium Co-Lab” at the new Footage Air Space (@footageairspace) located next door to the Footage Shop in Brea, CA.
We invite all collectors to come BUY, SELL, and TRADE all things collectible, such as sneakers, toys, art, records, pins, and everything in between!
Footage consignors also have the option to pay for their vendor fees or make purchases from the event using consigned items as collateral! So join us and help create a grassroots community created by some of the biggest nerds in the game….US!
This will be an all-ages gathering every other Sunday from 12 PM to 5 PM launching on the 8th of November. Limited tables are available, so please inquire by emailing us @ email@example.com. Also feel free to call the shop @ 714-757-9001 or call Ron @ 562-253-3627 w/ any additional questions. Please follow @consortiumcolab for updates regarding the event! See you guys there!
Last week was the Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach, and Nice Kicks was on location, peeping the new product for this upcoming year, and Vans looks to be dropping a few nice additions to their lineup. They’ve revisited the aloha floral print, this time in a new pattern featuring a large hibiscus flower as the main focal point, which will be available in a Sk8-Hi, an Era, and a Slip-On. The next set is a familiar one. The Hula Girl has been featured on a few apparel pieces in the past, as well as on some SAMPLE Authentics that were given out at a golf charity event, which I have a pair laying around somewhere that I scored off eBay. It looks like they’ve created a black pair as well, and included an Old Skool and a Sk8-Hi to the collection. The pairs that stole the show I must say, are the “star-perforated” Black or White leather tonal Sk8-Hi and Authentic. These are awesomely original and should do quite nicely. I can see these being customized by just about everyone. Look for all of these to drop later on in the year!
Highsnobiety recently visited our friend Henry Davies, owner and #1 vintage Vans curator of The Other Side of The Pillow. We get a cool, first-hand look into his shop, and get schooled on our Vans history. Henry has a wealth of knowledge for Vans, and without him, I don’t think Vans would have as much of a connection to their past, particularly with the designs and array of models. The community is still small, but it’s been steadily growing, and one day I hope to make it across the pond to visit his awesome shop, but until then, we’ll just live vicariously through Highsnobiety and their Highsnobiety Visits features.