Stylish skateboarders have worshipped Dylan Rieder’s minimal footwear designs for years. Now, HUF has the latest incarnation of sleek, stylish footwear for the discerning skaters in some summer shades.
Created under the ethos of ‘less is more,’ the streamlined construction of the Dylan Slip On lends itself effortlessly to a vulcanized platform. The shoe embodies clean and sophisticated design, ideal in any environment and the perfect representation of Dylan’s unique perspective. The pig-suede lining of the slip-on accentuates a luxurious feel, as the HYDRO-SNUFF construction with Ortholite keeps feet cool, comfortable and dry. Constructed using only the finest Italian and full-grain leathers, the Dylan Slip On elevates the standard of functional skateboarding footwear.
We’re not exactly down with the weedy side of life, but HUF has just done a collab with The Family Acid and Roger Steffens and it is boss. Steffens is a Brooklyn, New York-born actor, author, lecturer, reggae archivist, photographer and producer and we could listen to this guy tell stories all day long. Click play and you’ll see what we mean. For a look at some of the hundreds of thousands of photos he’s taken over the past 60 years, follow him on Insta @thefamilyacid.
Don’t even think that the only parties Vans throws are in high and dry swimming pools. No, they throw house parties, too. And the this summer run of parties kicks off on May 19, 2016 with Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna, and The Field at The House of Vans Brooklyn.
In partnership with FYF, the 2016 Vans House Parties offer a rare opportunity to experience some of the best live music programming out there in a truly unique and historical art setting that celebrates Vans’ rich “Off The Wall” heritage in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.
And to us it’s just a great free show. For the official word from Vans (and how to RSVP), click the link. [click to continue…]
We can think of a lot of reasons to visit Miami, Florida in July, but the 2016 Agenda Show scheduled for July 18-19, 2016 is probably one of the best. For all the official details, please click the link.
If you love Star Wars and like cool wallets, backpacks, and especially watches then Nixon has it all for you. Seriously. No one has taken Star Wars product to a finer destination that Nixon with their Dark Side/Light Side collection. Click the link and you’ll see what we mean.
The round was lead by Salt Lake City’s Mercato Partners and included returning investors like August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Menlo Ventures, Shasta Ventures, and Sherpa Capital.
The financing will enable the socks and underwear manufacturer “to continue its rapid growth and expansion into strategic, direct-to-consumer initiatives,” according to Mercato. . . “A massive market and growth opportunity lies in front of the company as they continue to aggressively attack new products, categories, and sales channels,” Greg Warnock, the investment firm’s managing director and a member of Stance’s board of directors.
Billabong’s retails stores have apparently gotten so far removed from being actual surf shops that they’ve been forced to hire a company called Mood Media (formerly known as Musak) to “develop a sound and scent” strategy to help their retails stores smell more authentic, according to a story on SportsOneSource.
The Mood team, in partnership with ScentAir, created a tailored scent solution for the Billabong stores as part of the new strategy. A fragrance called “Sex Wax,” based on the well-known surfboard wax brand, was developed to help customers experience the essence of the Billabong brand. . . “We are delighted to help Billabong create a bespoke in-store experience for its customers. By developing a new sound design and fragrance with Mood, Billabong can now plunge guests into an immersive experience based on our unique technology and creative solutions,” said Linda Ralph, International VP of Business Development at Mood.
It should be mentioned that this is a story we would have made up for April Fools Day had we cared enough about Billabong retail stores to make fun of them. Seriously, can action retail get any sadder than this?
Bring on those warm tropical breezes with a new set of Vans classic silhouettes in Aloha Hawaiian print styles. It’s like a luau for your feet:
Vans invents three new Hawaiian-style prints coined the Digi Hula, Digi Aloha and the multi-colored Tropical print made exclusively for women. The Digi Hula and Digi Aloha colorways present all-over photorealistic patterns with the Digi Hula happily showcasing a hula doll dancing across the Sk8-Hi Reissue, Old Skool and Authentic, while the Digi Aloha highlights a hibiscus floral arrangement on the SK8-Reissue, Era and Classic Slip-On.
Looks good to us. Check them out wherever you buy shoes.
They’ve gone against the odds, but Monster Children, the fashion/culture mag for action kids, just published their 50th issue. Yes, they’re still in business.
. . . a milestone for the independent magazine established in Australia in 2003. The specially curated Issue 50 is based around the notion of ‘Heroes’ and features exclusive interviews with 50 individuals that Monster Children love and admire. . . Also interviewed for the issue are skate industry icon Keith Hufnagal, fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, artist Barry McGee, film makersGlendyn Ivin and Nabil Elderkin, legendary musicians Warren Ellis and Ian MacKaye, world champion longboarder Kelia Moniz and Papua New Guinean born soul singer Ngaiire. Although the issue features many big names, the issue also highlights a new generation of surfers, skateboarders, artists and creatives.
Our favorite interview was with Chris Noble, the co-founder of Level Mag on how they finally realized they were losing money with each issue and just quit. It’s unlikely that Monster Children will follow a similar path because we all know how good they are about keeping smiles on their advertisers’ faces.
After nearly a decade of losing money Pacific Sunwear of California has finally filed for bankruptcy protection according to a story on Reuters.com.
Citing “significant and unusual trading,” lawyers for the retailer asked a judge to restrict trading on Thursday due to concerns that a significant change in ownership could impair its ability to use tax benefits on operating losses down the road. . . Founded in 1982 as a surf shop, PacSun has posted an annual net loss since the financial crisis hit in 2008.
In what has become standard practice, the company is hoping to hand off all its debt then go private with Golden Gate Capital where the new owners can run the whole game over again in a portfolio that includes Eddie Bauer, California Pizza Kitchen, Red Lobster, and J.Jill.