To celebrate Van’s 50th Anniversary they’ll be holding an event down at the House of Van’s on Friday the 18th of March. Keeping the crowd entertained artist’s and dj’s such as Dizzee Rascal and Annie Mac will be performing.
Shout out to Shannon Lane for winning tickets to the event, it’s going to be epic!
Alexa Chung keeping it ‘everyday’ in black and white Sk8 Hi’s.
Rihanna always knows how to sass it up, mixing maxi’s with classic black and white Authentic’s.
On Friday 20th February we are hosting our first #OFFICEHOUSEPARTIES event at the House of Vans London and can now exclusively reveal our headline act, Kyla La Grange.
Kyla La Grange is a singer-songwriter from London whose unique folky, electronia sound and pastel coloured mermaid locks makes her stand out as a one to watch this year. With 2 albums already under her belt this songstress has made quite an impact on the music scene, we caught up with Kyla ahead of the exclusive gig to find out why she can’t wait to perform at the House of Vans and her plans for 2015.
1. Have you visited the House of Vans before?
No I haven’t, I’ve heard good things though…
2. Are you a Vans fan? What is your favourite pair?
Yes, I had a very beloved pair of Vans Authentic skate shoes when I was a teenager and I wore them for years until my feet had worn through the end and they fell apart. I’ve just been looking at some of the new stuff though and it looks great, I especially love the Sk8 Hi’s.
3. So this is OFFICE’s first House Party at the House of Vans, do you have any funny house party stories?
Um, my friend had a house party a couple of years ago that she billed as fancy dress (I mean like the invite said fancy dress and everything) so me and two of my friends went all out, fake moustaches, wigs, everything, and when we opened the door about 50 people wearing normal clothes just stared at us and then started giggling. Pretty much no one else was in fancy dress.
4. Have you got anything exciting planned for 2015? New album? A tour?
I just finished touring my second album so this year is all about writing. I’m collaborating with a few different people at the moment which has been really interesting for me because I never used to like collaborating but now I do.
5. Describe your style in 3 words?
Scruffy glittery magpie.
6. Who are your style icons?
Natasha Khan, Grimes, Charlotte Free and FKA Twigs.
7. What first influenced you to become a musician?
I don’t know really, I was just always writing little songs and stories from when I was a kid. I just liked it. I liked making stuff on my own.
8. What song have you got on repeat on your Spotify playlist?
Sean Paul – Temperature
9. Describe your first gig – who did you go see, how old were you, where was it?
I think I was about 14, I went to see this very earnest slightly emo American rock band called ‘Live’ who I was totally obsessed with, at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Still have the hoodie.
10. Name 3 things you couldn’t live without?
Baked beans, my dog and my running trainers.
To win tickets to our exclusive OFFICE House Party at House of Vans London click here
Let’s be honest, Vans have always been pretty on-point at providing the perfect classic sneaker, but they’re also pretty good at finding the coolest emerging bands and artists. And with the opening of the ginormous House of Vans this summer, there’ll be plenty more of that coming from the original skate brand turned culture magnet. With a promise to fuel creative expression through music, art, film, fashion and, of course, skating, the free space in the original tunnels of Waterloo station is set to be a mecca for many.
Chloe reckons her friends will be at the front row in the mosh pit, gig after gig, “I didn’t know what to expect coming in here, but it’s such an amazing space –and it’s good to see all these things in one place, interacting in a way you don’t normally see. Where else can you skate, view art, watch a gig, followed by a movie, and grab a burger all in the same place? “I’m such a Vans girl, my style is ‘literally-just-got-out-of-bed’ – I look as if I’ve just grabbed my clothes off the bedroom floor! Team that with a pair of scruffed-up or, for smarter occasions, box-fresh Vans, and that’s me done. “Once I finish my album, in the autumn, I’m going to come knocking on the House’s door. This is exactly where I want to play my shows – the crowds will be so cool.”
Last Thursday evening, not only were we lucky enough to attend the House of Vans launch party but we had a special guest in tow, Dionne Hélène from the great blog Big Eyes Little Soles.
Check out Dionne’s review of the event and some of the amazing pictures she took on the night…
House of Vans LDN
“I don’t really know how to begin describing the experience I had on Thursday night. We were treated to some incredible music (Savages, Jagger & Juan Love, Roots Manuva, Toddla T, Dinosaur Jr, Public Enemy, Illum Sphere!!!) a great showcase of work from some brilliant artists ( Ben Drury, Louise Gray, – to mention a few) and most exciting of all an array of skating legends to spin us out (Steve Van Doren, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi, – no big deal right!) as well as all of the youthful faces of the London skate scene testing out the freshly set concrete.
Vans have pulled off something truly unique, in what can only be described as a sick venue with mind-blowingly good stuff inside it. It transcends the typical venue for anything really. Based inside the Leake street tunnel under Waterloo station, Vans have transformed 30,000 feet of raw underground space into a cavernous multi-disciplinary skate orientated Aladdin’s cave. They have crafted the most aesthetically beautiful cement bowls and half-pipes, and runs, kitted it with a stage and two bars, a gallery space, a cinema and studio space as well as well-thought out areas for people to chill in. The most exciting thing about it all is that it is a real recreational space, that in my opinion has arrived at a time of need in London. It aims to be an educational space as well as a creative, cultural, and sportive environment. And if last night is anything to go by, I would say you are in for a really good time.
The #houseofvansldn will be open Wed-Sun for visitors (for more info click HERE) Stay locked for info about upcoming gigs and shows.
Last night we had the hottest ticket in town to the exclusive launch party to the House of Vans London in Waterloo. This amazing space is a creative hub for artists, musicians and skaters and some of the biggest names came out in support for this exciting new venue.
The OFFICE HQ gang got to hang with Steve Van Doren, the son of Vans co-founder Paul who was more than happy to show us around and chat about the iconic brand. The legendary Z-Boys Tony Alva and Christian Hosoi were there showing off their skills and enjoying the incredible music acts that performed throughout the night. These included Dinosaur Jr, Tempa T, Roots Manuva and the hip hop giants Public Enemy.
As you walk in, you are greeted by a huge hall full of artwork and creative installations and at the back is the unique Vans lab which will play host to 4 artists at a time to create their work and eventually display in the art hall.
There is a a cosy cinema which will showcase a range docu-films and private screenings, a room with cabinets full of old Vans memorabilia, an 850 capacity music hall and of course the huge subterranean skate park.
Skaters can book a 2 hour skate/BMX session at http://houseofvanslondon.com/ for free and enjoy everything the venue has offer, including the in-house restaurant.
Last night was a true testament to the Vans ethos as the atmosphere was exciting, friendly and chilled and the venue proved itself as a great hub for anyone and everyone.
Building upon an unwavering commitment to creative expression, Vans is pleased to announce the opening of House of Vans London; a unique and participative space for all. As a city synonymous with creativity, diversity and opportunity, the project is proud to call London home. Open to all, and always free, this is your house. Following in the footsteps of House of Vans Brooklyn, yet forging a path of its own, the 3,000sqm venue provides a space like no other; a place for creativity. The music venue, gallery, artist labs, café, cinema, bars and skatepark lay beneath London’s Waterloo Station, occupying the infamous Old Vic Tunnels.
We want you to come and join us, so we are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the official invite only launch Party on Thursday 7th of Aug.
For your chance to win simply go to Instagram and post a image of your Vans in a creative space and hash tag #showusyourvans
Comp ends on 3rd of Aug and the winners will be announced on 4th of Aug.
We can now exclusively reveal the exciting new Vans collection launching online and in Office stores today and we at OFFICE HQ are channelling our inner Jedi and buzzing with excitement.
Vans takes off to a galaxy far, far away for an out-of-this-world collection featuring artwork from the original Star Wars trilogy. The Force is strong in this intergalactic offering, by combining heritage Vans prints with iconic Star Wars characters, Vans presents a truly unique capsule this universe has never seen before.
Next week sees the launch of a collection of exclusive styles in OFFICE from Vans. With over 40 years of Californian heritage, the Vans brand embodies an ‘off the wall’ attitude.
Old Skool and Chukka Boot styles get a winterised update with premium wool and suede uppers, sitting atop rich gum and tonal coloured soles. As seen in today’s Metro newspaper, the photo shoot showcases these new and exclusive styles in the beautiful Epping Forest. The Old Skool shoe features the side stripe which is Vans’ original and most identifiable insignia, with the Chukka Boot bringing a smart casual look to the collection. Pair with chinos and plaid shirts for a unisex laid back look.
Get the lowdown from OFFICE staff about how they wear their Vans…
Malaika Carr-Haji – Works at OFFICE Putney ‘I usually like to wear my Vans with rolled-up jeans to the ankle, tucked in white T-shirt, brown belt and contrasting socks in either white, grey or charcoal. Never black socks – boring. And laces criss-crossed. I mostly wear them to work and gigs.’
Jen Purvis – Works at OFFICE HQ ‘Every day with anything and everything. Turned-up denim shorts or 80’s-cut, acid wash jeans worn with socks. I often personalise my Vans by writing on the soles.’
David Price – Works at OFFICE (Topman) Oxford Circus ‘Always make sure my Vans match my outfit. If they are black or brown, then so is my shirt. I work, chill and even sleep in them.’
Chadd Holland – Works at OFFICE HQ ‘With no socks all year round. Basically, all the time – from riding my bike to dinner. My signature look is black Authentics teamed with chinos or skinny or cut-off jeans.’
Charlotte Ilidge – Works at OFFICE Merry Hill ‘ Rolled-up jeans, a T-shirt tucked in and throw on a denim jacket. Got to be double denim. I wear my Vans to work, going out, walking the dog, shopping and just chilling.’
Natt Booth – Works at OFFSPRING (Topshop) Oxford Circus ‘I live in my Vans. I team them with a smart shirt, baggy jeans tied at the ankles and replace my laces with thin rope. I’ve worn them to weddings, as well as conventional places like work, the supermarket and hanging out with my mates.’
Segen Teame – Works at OFFSPRING Camden ‘High waisted skinnies or leggings with crop tops. I change the laces depending on my style. Always wear socks but covered up. Wore my faves to a graduation party and even while breaking up with my boyfriend; otherwise to work, gigs, music festivals. I live in them.’
Al Taylor – Works at OFFICE HQ ‘Without socks, white canvas Authentics. My signature look is bright coloured chinos paired with denim shirts and customised with tonal laces.’