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Kia Carnival Sails to the U.S. this Summer

The Kia Carnival will arrive on our shores sometime this summer as a 2022 model, according to a story this morning from Autoblog. As we posted back in June, Kia is positioning it as a grand utility vehicle (GUV), lest you think it’s merely another minivan. How or why a stigma is attached to minivans […] The post Kia Carnival Sails to the U.S. this Summer appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Korea, Autos, Kia, New Cars, Minivan, Vans, News Blog, Kia Carnival, Conventional Drivetrain, Gas Engine, Kia Carnival Sails


Vans Duct Tape Festival Keeps Longboarding Alive

Two-time ASP Longboard World Champion Joel Tudor spearheads the annual Hawaiian event In the longboard community, the money’s not the primary concern. This is according to someone who should know better than just about anyone else: Joel Tudor, a two-time ASP Longboard World Champion. “There’s not a lot of opportunity and a lot of the kids that you see will be riding the same board …
Tags: Design, Culture, Hawaii, Surfing, Oahu, Vans, Surfboards, Longboards, Joel Tudor, ASP Longboard World Champion, Duct Tape Festival, Grommets, Vans Surfing


Stokyo Record Runner

Billed as the world’s smallest record player, this Ghostly edition Stokyo Record Runner laps the grooves of 33 1⁄3 rpm records, amplifying sound out of its internal speaker. The underside of the van bears a stylus and a cartridge system, which picks up the songs encoded below. It’s self-propelling for up to 90 minutes of playtime, courtesy of two AAA batteries. Though this playful, pocket-sized record …
Tags: Music, Design, Speakers, Vw, Records, Vinyl, AAA, Record Players, Vans, Made in Japan, Ghostly, Stokyo


VW’s Charming 1972 Type 2 Gets Electrified

Commissioned by Volkswagen, Californian-based EV West has given the classic 1972 Type 2 Microbus (aka the Kombi, Transporter or simply Microbus) an electric upgrade. Specializing in energy system conversions, EV West replaced the internal-combustion engine with an electric powertrain and 35.8 kWh battery from a “donor” 2017 E-Golf. This upgrade results in a 25-mile range and more horsepower than the original, but maintains the classic …
Tags: Auto, Design, Cars, Vw, Volkswagen, Ev, Vans, Electric Vehilcles, Kombi Transporter


Colorful Sneakers and Socks for Spring

Metallic, bright or subtle, there are combinations for all tastes here As the cold weather breaks, we itch to replace heavy boots and thick socks with footwear that’s lighter and brighter. This spring, we’re focused on reintroducing color into our wardrobes. From retro touches to bold metallics, color-blocking, smiley faces and playful slogans, our selection of sneaker and sock combinations is made for all tastes—and …
Tags: Accessories, Design, Style, Clothing, Shoes, Converse, Spring, Clothes, Sneakers, Socks, Vans, Nice Laundry, Crosty


Vans Debuts New Surf Booties and Fly-less Board Shorts

Two new products aim to increase comfort and enhance performance in the water Vans is finally testing the waters with the release of the brand’s first-ever skate-inspired surf booties and fly-less swim trunks. Both pieces are innovative designs for the traditionally skate-oriented company, and Max Vorlop (Vans Senior Apparel Designer) says that experimentation is at the root of all their surf designs. “The whole spirit …
Tags: Booties, Design, Style, Interviews, Surf, Surfing, Apparel, Beach, Swimsuits, Vans, Board Shorts, Swim Trunks, Surf Gear, Max Vorlop Vans Senior Apparel Designer


Factory Visit: California’s Modernica Furniture

Tracing the people-powered process of making a fiberglass shell chair and more Half a dozen buildings rise on Modernica‘s sprawling five-acre compound just south of DTLA proper. Here—in Vernon, California—the family-owned business awaits its 29th birthday. Brothers Frank and Jay Novak founded the furniture brand to honor and foster Southern California design and, along the way, Modernica became synonymous with the fiberglass shell chair—a product …
Tags: Design, California, Los Angeles, Furniture, Chairs, Southern California, DTLA, Mid Century Modern, Modernica, Vans, Shell Chairs, Brothers Frank, Vernon California, Jay Novak, Factory Visits, Modernica Furniture


Vault by Vans + Modernica’s Capsule Collection Represents SoCal Craftsmanship

Three custom fiberglass shell chairs honor footwear classics born again Inside furniture brand Modernica‘s DTLA factory (their home since launch in 1989), co-founder Jay Novak and marketing lead Ingrid Hernandez-Morrison join Vans VP of Footwear Design Mark Haskins to unveil a Vault by Vans collaborative capsule collection. It’s most certainly one of the skate brand’s finest—reissuing their Style 36 LX and OG Slip-On LX silhouettes while lending three archival prints to …
Tags: Design, Style, Los Angeles, Trainers, Chairs, Sneakers, DTLA, Mid Century Modern, Modernica, Vans, Mid-century Design, made in California, Jay Novak, Vault by Vans, Ingrid Hernandez Morrison, Mark Haskins


“Year of the Pig” Old Skool Sneakers

Made in collaboration with Purlicue (founded by Chinese architect Su Jun Hua), these Vans “Year of the Pig” Old Skool low-top sneakers feature a suede and canvas upper in Rose Cloud pink. With a detachable black leather side-stripe, they can take on different looks depending on your mood. Complete with “The Fat Year” text on the soles and extra-wide laces, these celebrate the rotund animal’s symbolism for good …
Tags: Design, Shoes, Sneakers, Vans, Purlicue, Year of the Pig, Su Jun Hua


Vans Sets the Industry Standard in Sustainability for their World Cup of Surfing

From a Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii partnership to less public efforts at keeping beaches clean Walking along the Kaʻena Point Trail along the northwestern most point of Oahu is a beautiful sight—so long as you don’t look down. For when you do, you’ll find nearly endless stretches of bottle caps, disposable razors, toothbrushes and various shards of other plastics. Seeing the overwhelming and seemingly ordered fashion …
Tags: Design, Environment, Shoes, Sustainability, Nature, Culture, Hawaii, Surfing, Oahu, Industry Standard, Vans, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Vans Triple Crown, World Cup of Surfing, Kaʻena Point Trail


Vans’ NASA-Inspired Space Voyager Collection

Original spacesuit design informs eight footwear iterations, three jackets and numerous accessories For the last six decades, NASA‘s been an inspiration the world over. During five of those six decades, Vans has been equipping individuals at the crux of cultural shifts with their iconic footwear, clothing and accessories. To honor the former, Vans has just revealed their Space Voyager Collection and it pays tribute to the …
Tags: Accessories, Design, Style, Clothing, Shoes, Nasa, Bags, Backpacks, Space Exploration, Clothes, Apparel, Footwear, Shoe Design, Vans


Hedley & Bennett SK8-Hi Reissue UC

A recent installment in the Vans “Made for the Makers” series, these monochromatic navy blue Sk8-Hi sneakers were produced in collaboration with CH favorite Hedley & Bennett—apron and kitchen apparel brand of the future. Design and function-oriented details pop everywhere, from the rainbow-colored Vulcanized lugged outsoles to the Vansguard canvas uppers and comfort-yielding UltraCush H&B ampersand sockliners. Fans of both brands will find something to love …
Tags: Design, Clothing, Shoes, Clothes, Footwear, Sneakers, Collaborations, Bennett, Vans, Hedley, Hedley Bennett, Hedley and Bennett


Buy: Patchwork High-Tops

A cute take on a Vans classic, the new patchwork Sk8-Hi sneakers are perfect for spring with contrasting navy suede, denim and canvas. The textured sneakers feature a supportive, padded ankle and vulcanized outsole, so they're durable and comfortable...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, Shoes, Denim, Sneakers, Clothing_accessories, Vans, High-Tops


Discovering the Future of Customization at Vans' Global Headquarters: Surprises reveal themselves as we explore design and production at the new California hub

In 1964, Paul Van Doren moved from Boston to Costa Mesa and brought his family along. In '66, Van Doren would co-found Vans in the area. From Anaheim factories to the brand new 182K-square-foot global headquarters, the band's history is embedded in...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, California, Boston, Shoes, Sneakers, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, 3dprinting, Vans, Paul Van Doren, Van Doren, Sneakerdesign, Shoedesign, Costamesa, Vansheadquarters, Customizingsneakers


Vault by Vans Capsule Collection by Our Legacy: Sweden's minimal menswear brand unites hardcore spirit and monochromatic coloration for the footwear icon

The latest from Vault, iconic footwear brand Vans' premium division where historic silhouettes are given a modern boost, happens to be a monochromatic wonder—yet has bright orange at its core. The 10-piece footwear and 12-piece apparel capsule...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, Style, Sweden, Clothing, Shoes, Apparel, Footwear, Sneakers, Collaborations, Vans, Vaultbyvans, Ourlegacy, Sneakerdesign, Jockumhallin


Interview: Nissan’s Executive Design Director, Satoru Tai: Addressing why the car of the future will be box-shaped and how vehicle-sharing impacts the industry

By Michael Frank A few years ago one of Nissan’s more outspoken designers penned an homage of sorts to the Datsun 510 sports sedan, the IDX. This was shown to the public at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but it had actually been in the works for a while...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, Interviews, Tokyo, Nissan, Automotivedesign, IDX, Michael Frank, Vans, Caravans


Vans + London Undercover Collaboration Collection: All-weather sneakers and umbrellas for the looming seasons

Iconic skate brand Vans has teamed up with quintessentially British, luxury label London Undercover to fight the weather. As part of the Vault by Vans line, the range is made up of Sk8-Hi's sneakers and umbrellas—almost everything needed to protect...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, London, Style, Umbrellas, Sneakers, Collaborations, Vault, Vans, Wetweather


"Soft," an Exhibition of Woven Art: Vans presents a textile-driven group show at LA's Superchief Gallery

There are artists who use textile development as the medium for their expression and there are those whose work translates well into the woven world. "Soft," a Vans-sponsored exhibition running at LA's Superchief Gallery, focuses on the latter—and...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, La, Culture, Nsfw, Textiles, Artexhibitions, Superchiefgallery, Vans


Vans and Pixar Are Teaming Up for a Line of Fun Toy Story-Themed Sneakers

It’s been almost 21 years since Toy Story made it totally okay to miss all the toys you grew up playing with; it’s one of those rare perfect movies that’s impossible not to love. But is there room in your heart for this forthcoming line of Toy Story-themed sneakers from Vans as well?Read more...
Tags: Toys, Fashion, Science, Design, Clothing, Shoes, Pixar, Sneakers, Toy Story, Vans


Link About It: Sky Brown is the Youngest Ever Vans’ Pro-Competition Skater

Eight-year-old pocket rocket Sky Brown competed against adults in this summer's Vans US Open Pro Series—making her the youngest ever to participate. The Miyazaki, Japan-born skater is a force and seemingly has no fear—and even though she fell during...... Continue Reading...
Tags: Design, Culture, Skateboarding, Skating, Linkaboutit, Vans


Rad new Vans by pioneering lowbrow artist Robert Williams

Famed psychedelic hot rod artist and comix illustrator Robert Williams has launched another line of rad Vans sneakers! The shoes integrate detail from Williams' mind bending masterpieces “Flaming Cobras”, “Malfeasance,” and “Jalapeña.” Vault by Vans presents limited collection by Robert Williams (Vans)
Tags: Art, Post, News, Shoes, Williams, Sneakers, Underground, Comix, Robert Williams, Vans



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