Fashion

Billabong Looking To Buy Rip Curl

by The Editors on October 30, 2017

Maybe someone who understands how business works can explain why Billabong, the company that ran itself onto the rocks after paying way to much for way too many smaller companies would now, after beginning to claw their way back to open ocean, look at picking up Rip Curl, and an online retailer (Surfstitch) which they have already bought and sold once, according to a story in The Australian.

Anyone have any theories? Increased sales? Independent online retail looking up? Eliminate a competitor? Give money to their friends and former business associates?

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Volcom Is The Anchor

by The Editors on October 25, 2017

Sometimes it’s hard to be a punk rock fashion line in the grand house of Gucci. Try though they might it seems that Volcom just can’t live up to the expectations of its parent Kering, according to a story on SBGmedia.

Kering reported revenues in its Sport & Lifestyle segment grew 15.9 percent on a currency-neutral basis as a 17.3 percent jump at Puma offset a decline at Volcom. . . Volcom’s performance continued to be hampered by the challenges faced by specialist distributors in the US.”

Yes, blame it on the “specialist distributors.”

[Link: SBGmedia]

 

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Santa Cruz Vans: Hella Collab

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

If you want some of these Santa Cruz Skateboards Vans Pro Skate ArcAd designed by Taka Hayashi, you better act fast. There are only 600 pairs in existence. They’ll be sold only at select Vans Pro Skate accounts worldwide. And they go on sale On Saturday, October 28, 2017 (if you want to get in line now.) For all the details on exactly what makes these shoes so nice, follow the jump.

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Shred Joins 1% For The Planet

by The Editors on October 24, 2017

Shred, the Park City, Utah based makers of sunglasses, goggles, helmets, and protective equipment, has joined 1% for the planet and joins a crew of more than 1,200 businesses that have committed to donating financial support to environmental causes.

“One of Shred’s core values is to protect the natural world that serves as our playground. This only makes sense given that every product we make is designed to enhance one’s time outdoors and that our love for the mountains was a key catalyst for launching the company,” explains Shred Co-founder and CEO Carlo Salmini. “And as we celebrate our ten year anniversary, we’re working harder than ever to translate this belief into action.”

For the official word from Shred, please follow the jump.

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Vans Saves VF Corp Again

by The Editors on October 23, 2017

Vans’ parent company VF Corp announced a 23 percent drop in profits year over year, however, sales for the third quarter were actually up and they have Vans to thanks, according to a story on Footwear News.

Vans — which continues to reap rewards from booming street-culture trends as well as a larger shift, by teens and young adults, away from “mainstream” brands — was responsible for a significant share of that growth, according to the company. . . VF said its Q3 gains were driven by broad-based strength across its international and direct-to-consumer platforms and Outdoor & Action Sports coalition — but most notably the Vans brand and workwear businesses.

Makes sense. Who wears anything but Vans?

[Link: Footwear News]

 

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House of Vans Melbourne At The Meat Market

by The Editors on October 20, 2017

House of Vans Melbourne is kicking off a two-day pop-up event at The Meat Market on Friday and Saturday November 10-11, 2017.

The all-ages day sessions will kick off with the Vans skate team hosting workshops including learn to skate classes with Jesse Noonan of Rock N Slide Skateboarding, grip tape design workshops with Jimmy Roche and a Skate Photography and Videography workshop run by Andrew Mapstone to teach budding skate photographers how to refine their craft. The workshops will run over both Friday and Saturday with limited capacity: registration is essential. Saturday afternoon will see a stripped-back, musical performance from Little Brother (Trophy Eyes’ John Floreani) with support from Alex Moses (Columbus).

For all the details and to get free tickets to it all follow the jump.

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Vans Throws A Huge Open House Party

by The Editors on October 13, 2017

On Thursday, October 12, 2017 Vans invited a large crew of skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, BMXers, artists, musicians, and street culture and action sports industry heads to the grand opening (aka Homecoming) of their new World Headquarters in Costa Mesa, California.

In his welcome to the gathered masses Vans Global Brand President Doug Palladini said this building is more than an office. It is a new home. It is also a step into the future for the iconic footwear brand.

“We’ve had a lot of interesting offices,” Palladini says. “They’ve always been in factories, parts of distribution centers, or leased tiltup buildings, but we’ve never had a place that we could call our own. It is such and honor to have you here to help us celebrate what is really the first truly Vans building we’ve ever had.

“There are 525 people who work in this building,” he continued. “But as our global headquarters we represent more than 10,000 Vans employees who work on our brand all over the world. We have stores and offices in 85 countries around the world and they can all look at this place and consider it their home.

“But it’s not just our employees who are family here. We’re also proud to welcome those who represent the thousands of athletes, the artists, the musicians, and the street culture leaders who make up our extended family. Those who inspire us by bringing their own form of creative expression to life every day with everything they do. So thank you to everyone from our extended family who is here today as well.

“The final thing I want to say before I introduce the person you’re all here to see is that while this building and it’s surrounding space may represent the incredible success that our brand has enjoyed to date, it by no means means that we’re done. In fact, we’re just getting started.  We’re just starting to understand everything that Vans can be. No matter what we are we are going to remain committed to being a family business.

Word. For a photo gallery of a few of the people and places we saw (but didn’t have time to write up), please click the link.

 

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Vans Gilbert Crockett Collection

by The Editors on October 12, 2017

Vans is launching a brand new signature apparel collection this October from global skate team rider Gilbert Crockett.

Known for his distinct skate style and affinity for all things vintage, Crockett’s signature apparel collection is inspired by Americana classics, featuring baseball wovens, collared short sleeves, applique felt detailing and a roomier canvas chino pant reflective of Gilbert’s inimitable personal style. Crockett also integrated design influence from fellow compatriots, Quasi Skateboards, a premium skateboard deck brand he co-founded in 2015.

For all the details, follow the jump.
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Supreme Now Worth $1 Billion?

by The Editors on October 9, 2017

Thanks to a $500 million investment in Supreme by The Carlyle Group, the street wear brand now has a reported valuation of $1.1 Billion, according to a story on Women’s Wear Daily. The Carlyle Group is a massive “global alternative capital” company with their fingers in all manner of businesses, including action watch company Nixon. (click here for the list).

As for founder James Jebbia, well he’s been very . . . businesslike about the deal, according to a story on BusinessOfFashion.

“We’re a growing brand, and to sustain that growth we’ve chosen to work with Carlyle, who has the operational expertise needed to keep us on the steady path we’ve been on since 1994,” said Jebbia in an exclusive statement to BoF. “Working with Carlyle allows us to concentrate on doing what we do best and remain in control of our brand, as we always have.”

Not sure if having $500 million more is exactly doing what’s they’ve always done, but Jebbia might as well give it a try, huh?

[Link: WWD and BOF]

 

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Nixon + Santa Cruz = Skate Graphic Watches

by The Editors on October 5, 2017

Nixon and Santa Cruz Skateboards have partnered to create a limited-edition collection of watches with classic Santa Cruz board graphics right on the face.

Nixon’s classic Time Teller is reimagined through the Santa Cruz lens, culminating in designs that are true to each brand. The iconic graphics featured within the collection include: the ‘Screaming Hand,’ the Rob Roskopp Arm, Jason Jessee Lady of Guadalupe and the Santa Cruz logo.

The watches are designed with an all stainless steel build and feature custom casebacks, co-branding, and exclusive packaging. You can pick one up beginning October 9, 2017 for $125 at Nixon retail stores, select retailers and, of course, online. If forced to choose, we’d grab the Roskopp. . . just saying’.

[Link: Nixon]

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