28/04/2012

VANS HeadQuarters cypress CAlifornia 02.12






highlights from my chance visit to vans HQ in CA earlier this year, including 2-storey cab image at the entrance & me in steve van dorens office! the vibe case archives were inspiring with some killer holy grail material. was a shame to see a couple retro pairs in place of the originals but still a high water mark in terms of the cultural significance of vans through the decades. get down to the new london vans store in camden for our latest contribution to vfc uk (pics on the way)! cant wait til its us the US team consult as the authority on MADE IN USA originals. not if, but when is the question. the seed has been planted. it is an inevitability & you know this!

27/04/2012

vintage VANS black suede chukka boot with buckle style #47 MADE IN USA US5

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vintage vans style #47 chukka boot with buckle
black suede
black rubber scene
made in usa circa 1991
new in box
US5/UK4.5

i did not think this pair wuld see the light of day til next autumn/winter.... which still might be the case if this dark london weather continues. regardless we are happy to bring back by popular demand style #47! watch people buckle at the knee at the mere sight of a pirate chukka buckle booty!

25/04/2012

vintage VANS forest green suede style #33 half cab MADE IN USA US7.5






vintage vans style #33 half cab
forest green suede
black rubber scene
made in usa circa 1992
used
US7.5/UK6.5-7

vans half cab 20th anniversary year of the dragon style #33


the half cab 20th anniversary continues this year of the dragon as honorary style #33's are released month by month throughout the year. we here are not so in touch with the new school releases however when it's original-inspired we take notice.... & you dont get more original than caballero!
a couple 'leaks' surfaced earlier this year via offthewallsite & im not sure if they hit stores however we thought it time to drop a few originals! the feb-may releases were meant to be original colourways however i dont remember the butterscotch? also check out an interesting interview with cab by peoples at complex. looks like its only the man himself & yours truly who supply vans with originals these days! which is your flavour?


20/04/2012

vintage VANS 4-tone velvet style #95 era US6 MADE IN USA 1980's



























vintage vans style #95 era
4-tone velvet
black rubber scene
made in usa circa 1987
new
USw8/UK5.5
i spoke this week about a multi tonal velvet style #95 which escaped my grasp & still haunts me. i was grateful the 3-tone style #44 joined our ranks however i did not expect anything close to the 1st to re-surface. the universe works in wonderful ways however & we have the pleasure to offer this mind-bending 4-tone era. without a doubt a custom 1-of(f) a kind with asymetrical panelling & contrasting tongue colourways. we offer the nuances & the new(old) answers.