To give you guys a little insight into what’s hot in OFFICE HQ, we are now starting a weekly #OOTD (outfit of the day) to give you the behind the scenes style from some of our team members. Get some street style inspo from our OFFICE fash pack.
With grime music enjoying what has been undoubtedly its most successful year ever (hesitant to say musically best as I’m not sure anything will top the early – mid 00’s) and this resurgence has not just been in the UK but worldwide (shout out Skepta for a sold out US Tour and deadHYPE radio taking over Amsterdam) And the clothing has come with it – Tracksuits, Air Max 95’s (will always be 110’s to me), Workouts and a £12 curved peak hat are becoming a staple in wardrobes again, brands like Palace are internationally recognised and NYC’s finest are dressing like London road man.
Fave song at the moment?
Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)
What shoes/trends are going to be big in AW15?
Reebok is definitely making a come back and I expect it to really blow for AW15
Timberland is also still going to about in a BIG way, and be ready for some serious Office exclusives!
Last weekend we attended the amazing Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, London. The sun was shining and the atmosphere was pumping, we were fully in the festival mood and ready to dance the day away.
The usual East London scene were there and there were beards and multicoloured hair a plenty. With a wide variety of music acts playing throughout the day, it was clear to see who came to see what,. From the dance loving guys and girls in patterned co-ords and trainers, to the hip- hop fanatics in heavy branded apparel, the crowd was the perfect mix of the London crowd.
Whilst on our walks round the festival we nabbed a bit of street style to see what was everyone’s fave festival footwear. We saw plenty of classic Vans rocked with jeans, dresses and skate socks and shorts. The easy to wear Authentic and Slip On are the ideal festival companion for a long day on your feet and plus they look great with pretty much anything. The girls were also loving the summer must have sandal, the ghillie lace up, which perfectly complimented their boho festival style.
Before the festival we ran a competition with Vansto win a pair of tickets and the lucky winner was @SallyTraffic, who looked like she was having a fab time listening to Jessie Ware on the mainstage.
We had a great day at this year’s Lovebox festival and we cannot wait for next year.
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.”
With the bank holiday almost here, its time to start planning what to wear for the long weekend as quite a few of us will be packing an overnight holdall and jumping in the car to make the most out of the 3 days off.
Whether it is a city break abroad, a few days at the seaside or some countryside walking, we have selected some of our favourite ladies styles to have you covered, come rain or shine.
When the weather gets a bit unpredictable, which lets face it happens quite a lot in the British Isles, we also need some emergency footwear in our suitcase.
If off to Wales for some country walks amongst the mountains, a pair of New Balance W373 will have you climbing trees and picking raspberries all day.
For the festival goers who are prepping for Reading, Leeds or SW4, a bright pair of Joules wellies are a must for some muddy trekking to the main stage.
City shopping and touristy days out call for a pair of timeless leather Converse All Stars or a chunky ankle boot like the Madison as both look pretty smart, are easy to wear with anything and will help keep your feet dry if there is an unexpected drizzle.
For sunny days sat on Brighton pier with a 99 ice cream, a classic pair of Vans Authenticare great as they come in so many summery colours and help you walk across the pebbly beach without hurting your feet and stay comfy and cool whilst walking through the lanes shopping till you drop.
For those of us who are lucky enough to jet set abroad to the likes of Rome, Paris or Amsterdam, some sandals and some trainers are a must to pop in your hand luggage. Lightweight and comfortable, the new Air Max Thea will have you exploring the city all day and some simple sandals like the Holla or Hallie are great for lunches at the Louvre or dinner overlooking the Colosseum.
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.
The festival to end all festivals, Glastonbury has officially opened the gates to the welly wearing crowds.
Unfortunately we are headed for muddy days at Glasto as this weekend is due to be a wet one, however we wont let that dampen our spirits or our style.
Come rain or shine, the styles we will be wearing have got us covered for the 5 days of musical mayhem and will keep us dancing until sunrise.
JuJu jellies have become a summer favourite and are ideal for those bursts of blazing heat and even the heavy downpours as it doesn’t matter if they get wet, plus they are super cute on their own or paired with some frilly socks for colder evenings.
A pair of Converseor Vans are great trainers to chuck in our giant rucksack as they are lightweight and we kind of like them even more when they get scruffy!
As country queen Dolly Parton hits the stage on the final day we will be channelling our inner Dolly with a pair of Domino Fringe ankle boots, some Daisy Dukes and a big back combed barnet.
The festival essential, considering the weather that is going to hit us, is the Hunterwelly. The mix of colours and styles are endless but we do love the classic black gloss as it goes with everything! Dresses, shorts, jeans and even a tutu, they always look good and will top off our authentic festival look, complete with some feathers in our hair and a bit of glittery face paint!