A Day At The New Vans Corporate Headquarters (8.30.17)

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I know it’s been a few weeks since we were invited to tour the Vans Corporate Headquarters, but life has really been in the way and I haven’t been able to really sit down and write.  I mainly wanted to share with you, some random photos that I was able to take while touring this amazing new facility.  Situated right off the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa, just West of Harbor Blvd., perfectly visible from the freeway, stands this gigantic checkerboard wrapped building, with an even more giant Vans logo on each side of the building.  It’s even more magnificent from the inside courtyard, where you’ve all seen that big red staircase that connects all 3 floors together.

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I started out my day meeting up with the Strictly Waffles fam Eddie and Joey in the parking lot.  We arrived inside to all of our Vans PR friends, and a few familiar faces I’ve met at past events.  We were provided with some breakfast items and Stumptown Coffee which is the coffee of choice throughout the main cafe, and the coffee kitchens situated on each floor.  I was all about that nitro cold brew that was on tap, served up by their very own barista Brandon.  This was too awesome.

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The day of course started with a nice introduction from Steve Van Doren, and his sister Cheryl, talking about what was important when asking employees about what they wanted the new building to have, as well as making sure it was a place that made you love being at work.  There are private think spaces throughout the entire building, an outdoor courtyard complete with a bell that can be rung and heard throughout the entire place, when you make a significant achievement, and there’s even a game room loaded with air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboards to blow off a little steam on.  Vans memorabilia is on display almost everywhere you look.  Band collab shoes, custom Fender guitars, and even the Vans Born Free 9 motorcycle that was built by Thompson Cycles. Read More

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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solscience® x Under The Palms presents: “Tropicali” ANTIDŌT™ Footwear Freshener (Available Now!)

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We’ve been working in the lab with solscience for awhile now, on a custom ANTIDOT Footwear Freshener fragrance created just for us, and we’re proud to release to you all, Tropicali.  The idea was simply to develop a fragrance that represents the California lifestyle that we know and love. Think fun in the sun, weekend barbecues, cruising in your ride, and hanging with friends.  Straight West Coastin’ with the Southern California vibes!  We think you’ll be amazed at how good the fragrance smells, and you might just end up using it in your car, your room, work place, bathroom lol, etc.  Hey, it’s up to you.  Give this product a try, and let us know what you think.  We’ve already got a lot of great feedback from it, and people are really impressed at how good the fragrance is.  These guys really are chemists!  To go along with the custom labeled ANTIDOT x Under The Palms bottle, we’ve included a custom sticker as well, sporting our collaborative logo, and to launch the product, I got together with my original DJ brothers Rewind and Roial 1, who I started out spinning with back in high school a long long time ago, and we made a West Coast mixtape full of them classic bangers, as well as a few new ones, that you can stream over on my mixcloud account.  Listen for the custom “solscience, ANTIDOT, Under The Palms” drops throughout the mix.  There’s also an article that solscience wrote up about me, if you care for that sorta’ thing.  I talk about how and why I got into sneakers.  When and why I shifted to Vans.  Other ramblings and opinions that you may care or not care to know.  You know, the usual.  You can check that out from the links below as well.  Support us, and my friends Kent and Daichi, as we introduce you to something new that you never knew you needed until now!

LISTEN TO THE MIX HERE

READ MY INTERVIEW HERE

CHECK OUT THE PRODUCT HERE

 

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Masses Interview With Under The Palms Malaysia (from Sneakerlah)

 

Check out this video clip by Masses, featuring an interview by Under The Palms Malaysia’s Izam Shariman, and a few nice shots of the sneaker display that surely helped spread the word about the Vans sneaker collecting culture there in Malaysia.  I can’t translate the interview for you, but you can at least check out the cool visuals.  I can’t thank you enough Izam, for representing UTP across the Pacific!

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 Blends – Sk8-Hi Decon LX (UTP Review!) #blendsvans @blends

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Here it is folks.  The 6th “Bones” release by Blends and Vans Vault is finally upon us.  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a pair a day early, so that I could do what I do, and that’s provide you with a unique perspective, a simple one, complete with a few real world photos, un-doctored, and in natural sunlight for that realistic effect.  Enjoy the pics, and good luck getting a pair tomorrow morning at 9AM online, or at each physical location when they open, including the new store located in the Larchmont Village, over near Melrose and the Paramount Studios!

The Sk8-Hi Decon LX is a model we rarely see.  As most of you may know, the Decon models come stripped down with minimal padding and for the most part the uppers are of a one-piece construction.  Blends added their signature minimalistic style with the use of black premium leather throughout, with off-white contrast stitching.  Their trademark Bone jazz stripe is the only panel that stands out on the smooth one-piece upper.  This is the first time Blends has stepped away from the zipper for a Bones release, and substituted it with a heel-pull tab.  It’ll mostly go unnoticed underneath a pair of pants though.  The vulcanized outsole is sort of an off-white, but not entirely of the marshmallow colorway, and the black foxing stripe ties off the classic aesthetic Vans is known for.  The tongues are once again muted, and the only branding on the shoe is by way of a footbed print.  Finally, the inside lining is canvas, and not pigskin, so that’s good news for some.  Oh, and there’s a dustbag and drawer box like the rest.

These are probably the most polarizing pair for any Blends purists, strictly because they didn’t follow suit with the prior models, but who cares right?  It’s still a Bones release.  It’s black.  It’s got premium leather throughout.  It’s got white soles with a black foxing stripe.  They definitely won’t come and go with any trends.  Don’t let anyone try and talk you out of trying to pick these up, because they’re probably just trying to increase their odds of scoring a pair.  Thanks to the Blends fam for always looking out for Under The Palms.  Appreciate you guys as always.

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Vans x Pass~Port – Old Skool Pro (Available @silostore on 8.13.16)

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It appears that Vans and Pass~Port have been working on a little collaboration that has been kept tightly under wraps, which is just awesome.  Too many times, we get early leaks on product, and that just takes away the fun sometimes.  This one came out of left field for sure, and the end result is just amazing.  For those of you unfamiliar with Pass~Port, they’re a brand from down under, and their style represents their travels, their friends, and their local Australian/New Zealand heritage.  If you look at their apparel, you’ll notice a lot of browns, oranges, and off-whites in the mix, giving an earthy vibe if you will.  For their inaugural collab, they chose to construct an Old Skool Pro in two colorways, brown, and white.  Each one consists of a mixture of hairy suede, and washed canvas, featuring an embroidered slogan on each heel that reads “International + Solidarity”.  Pass~Port branding can also be found on the tongue, as well as the UltraCush HD footbeds.  Both shoes feature brown leather linings, which are a nod to their brown top and bottom veneers that are featured on all Pass~Port decks.  I’m really digging the simple style of these, and the materials they chose will surely make for a comfortable Old Skool.  Flexibility & breathability are key.  Great job Pass~Port, and even GREATER job at keeping these under wraps for so long.  Surprises are always fun!

(I’ve added my own personal review pics of the brown pair, as well as Silo’s much more professional pics for a dual perspective on these, so enjoy!)

Silo has links up already for these, and will be releasing this upcoming Saturday the 13th.

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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 Vault x Blends x Born Free – OG Old Skool LX (UTP Review!)

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This past weekend was Born Free 8, Southern California’s premier motorcycle builder’s show, where Blends released their latest classic Vans shoe, in collaboration with Born Free.  The OG Old Skool LX that they went with, is simple, and designed for the classic Vans enthusiast, which includes many folks in the vintage bike builder crowd.  To most of these builders and fans, they could care less about rare and limited shoes, with fancy materials, colorways, but they do like classic, time-tested, designs like the classic black & white Old Skool.  Blends and Born Free wanted to create something specific to this crowd, and the customization was kept to a bare minimum.  Hardly noticeable, are the slim red and blue pieces of leather protruding from the top and bottom of the classic white jazz stripe, giving off a truly Americana aesthetic.  The only other customized part of the shoe, would be the translucent sole, with checkerboard bottom, and custom branded footbeds, both which are hardly seen, but are there to let you know these aren’t your typical pair of Vans Old Skools.  Materials are the same as you’d find on any pair of Vault OG shoe, including the pigskin lining.  These shoes were a must for me and a few others, thus the reason about 9 of us got to Born Free 8 early in the morning, about 3 hours before the gates opened, just to secure pairs for ourselves and friends from all over the globe.  It was a surprisingly easy release, but online pairs sold out instantly.  I hope you enjoy a few personal unfiltered pics I took, and be on the lookout for any pairs that go up for sale!

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