Southern California-based boutique Blends, and Vans Vault partner up with classic/custom motorcycle show Born Free to recreate the classic Vans model, the Old Skool. For those not familiar with the classic/custom motorcycle scene Born Free is a yearly gathering of builders and bike enthusiasts in the Orange County region of Southern California where enthusiasts and builders from all over the globe meet to showcase their rare builds and findings (more information can be found at www.bornfreeshow.com). Here and there Blends has hinted their love and involvement in the classic motorcycle scene with their Max Schaaf release party at their Santa Ana location where hundreds of builders participated in motorcycle shop-talk. A Couple years back Blends anchored the campaign of their ’Bone Jazz Stripe’ Old Skool Zip LX release with Grant Peterson, co-founder of Born Free.
Blends takes focus on subtleties once again with this shoe, maintaining a more ‘lifestyle appropriate’ Old Skool design. The focus on the design was to create a shoe that made sense for everyday use of motorcycle builders/riders and nothing else. The brand maintains the canvas and suede makeup of the traditional Old Skool but adding an ‘American’ flare on the Jazz-Stripe with waxed flat cotton shoestrings and the iconic Vans checkerboard pattern detail underlying a translucent waffle outsole. Cross-branding details are noticeable on the shoe’s sole insert.
The Blends designed Vans Vault x Born Free OG Old Skool LX can be purchased this weekend at Born Free at the Blends vendor booth, and then on Blendsus.com Monday June 27th, after the show is over. For more details/information head over to Blends’ webstore to view more.
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