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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SBTG for House of Vans SG – “Big Pants, Small Wheels” Sk8-Hi Custom

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Vans Singapore has teamed up with sneaker artist and customizer SBTG for an event they’re holding on Sep. 24th at the House of Vans Singapore.  Dubbed “Big Pants, Small Wheels”, SBTG has chopped down the Sk8-Hi into a mid, and added some intricate finishing details to the exposed cut ankle collar.  There’s still some signature paint designs on the shoe, but the added thread and bead work are a nice addition to his newest Vans rendition.  He also opted to add some words to the mid-soles, something we haven’t seen before.  These are looking great as usual, and I don’t know how he was able to add more detail and have a price point that is lower than his past Vans shoes, but he did it!  Each pair is only going for $333, which can be pre-ordered now on his site.

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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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