Interview: Authentic® Q&A with SoleClassics’ James Drakeford aka @mrkingjd


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!



The Consortium Co-Lab “collecticon” (Starting Sunday 11.8.15 from 12PM – 5PM)


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 @  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!

580 West Lambert Road Suite H Brea, CA 92821

Nice Kicks Visits Agenda And Previews Some New Vans! (@nicekicks)

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!

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Highsnobiety Visits: The Other Side of The Pillow (Video Series) @pillowheat #TheOtherSideofThePillow

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.

Disney And Vans Let Us Be Young At Heart For A Day (#DisneyAndVans)


The Happiest Place On Earth. There isn’t a better way to describe the thoughts and feelings I walked away with after the fun-filled all-day event put on by Disney and Vans this past Thursday. They pulled out all the stops for this event, and I am deeply honored and greatly humbled that I was able to partake in all of the festivities, and hang out with some great people that also do great things in the sneaker world, at a much much more higher level than I do.


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Espace OTH – “PUSH” by MEKA Solo Art Exhibition (Thurs. 3.5.15) #MekaOTH #OTHBoutique @OTHBoutique

(This is the same artist that did those cool Vans paintings that I posted up on Instagram.  Support our friends to the North, and stop in to check out this awesome exhibition!)

For one night only, artist Thibaut « MEKA » Désiront will settle at Espace OTH, the art gallery of the owners of doewntown boutique Off The Hook. His solo art exhibition, named « Push », contains two dozen paintings on hard wood, as well as a dozen other pieces of art, all of them exploring the common themes of inspiration, positivity, and surpassing oneself – an organic follow-up to his famous Keep Pushing series.

« Every piece from this show related to striving to be better, to push your own limits – either via designs influenced by inspiring quotes, or by the icons who’ve pushed me to create, discover, exchange or make experiences, since I was a kid. »

Thibaut “MEKA” DésirontWhen: Thursday, March 5th 2015, from 5pm to 9pm

Where: Espace OTH, 1181 Ste Catherine West, Montreal. No cover.


Kadir Warriors x SBTG – Custom Vans Collection (Exclusive Interview & First Look!)


There’s a certain kind of awesomeness that comes with owning and operating Under The Palms. Who’d have ever thought that I’d be able to rub elbows with sneaker advocates like Mr. Sabotage himself, Mark Ong. In the short amount of time that we’ve gotten to know each other, he’s been a tremendous inspiration for me. He’s been in my shoes before. Arriving at a few crossroads, deciding if he should move on to other things, or rekindle the fire which was slowly starting to fade out for various reasons. As he got back into sneaker customizing, he started dabbling more into Vans, and while doing so, through Instagram and the Strictly Vans Facebook Group, he came across an old friend, Faisal, who is one of our more familiar Singapore sneaker friends, who is part of the group of cousins that go by the name “Kadir Warriors”. You may have seen a few of their members share their photos with us, and it’s no surprise that they are the unofficial Vans ambassadors of Singapore. SBTG and Faisal have known each other since the late 90s, back when they were very into vintage clothing and sneakers, and used to hang out at a mutual friend’s store named Vintage Closet in Far East Plaza. After Mark and Faisal got to talking, they both realized that their interest in this emerging Vans scene in Singapore, sort of stemmed from their love for “Vintage Japanese Americana style”. Soon after that, Mark learned about Faisal’s family, and their Kadir Warrior brotherhood, and their strong family bond. They plan out mini family reunions every so often, and their #KadirWarriors campaign keeps them all in the loop with one another. This interaction struck a chord with Mark, and reminded him of the phrase on old vintage Vans boxes, “Canvas Shoes for the Entire Family”. That is what inspired him to create a project with the Kadir Warriors. He felt that the project really encapsulates the spirit of Vans back in the day where they would customize shoes for their customers, and also capture the spirit of family.

Those factors made him pitch this idea to Faisal, and after many conversations they finalized on re-appropriating an old Vans print (spiderweb) in the spirit of the love for Vintage, adding a short for Kadir Warriors logo, as KWAR, and their signature hand sign in Bone form. They chose this print as the spiderweb was a reminder of their bond as a family.

They initially agreed on 2-3 pairs, but ended up doing 10 pairs, and even 2 T-shirt designs. Almost every pair is different in terms of pattern placement and silhouette, so each pair is essentially one-of-a-kind. Sad to say, this is a private collection, and I doubt any one of them will be selling their pairs. Sabotage is awesome for doing this for the Kadir Warriors, and I hope to see more projects like this in the future. Mark also was able to set up an interview for us, which I have prepared for you all, so that you can all get to know our friends from Singapore a little bit better. I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to kiss my ass if you don’t! Haha!


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@mayimbe181 just hanging with the #Brazzers girls in NYC!

Our homie Jesus, aka mayimbe181 posing with the Brazzers girls, in NYC this past weekend, while they gave out ice cream.  Hellooo Madison Ivy!

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Silo Featured On The Vans Syndicate Site!


Vans Syndicate has recently featured our great friend Brant, and his shop Silo, on their official website, and some of you newer folks and customer’s of Brant can finally put a face to the friendly person you may or may not have met yet.  Read the article here.  He just opened Silo’s second location in Omaha, NE, which will be offering all things that he likes, and in his words: “Our new space will be more tightly curated, featuring a very select hardgoods brand offering, our favorite shoes, and apparel built to last. We are emphasizing quality and value above all. As we get older, certain aspects of our daily life become more important, and this location hopes to capture that. Long winded way of saying I am carrying exactly what I want.”  This is a big year for our brotha’ Brant.  A new shop, a new house, and his first baby on the way with his awesome wife!  Congrats, and we wish you the best of luck.  UTP owes you for the majority of what we are, and for that we thank you!

In4mation – Winter 2014 (Available Now!) @in4mationbrand @in4mants


One of our main supporters, In4mation, has just released their Winter 2014 collection, featuring a few dope floral pieces, as well as a few graphic tees, which In4m always comes correct with.  The Bones “hi” tee should be popular amongst our circles, as well as the Spy vs. Spy design with the checkerboard border.  The DeLaSoul inspired graphic is dope as well!  The hats is where it’s at though!  The floral “hi” and 3m “hi” hats are straight killing it.  Enough said.  Go cop yours on the In4mation webstore, or at your local In4m dealer.

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