PATAGONIAYvon Chouinard founded Patagonia out of his little blacksmith shop in Ventura, California back in 1973. He started out by importing and selling rugby shirts from England and later went on to develop his own clothing and gear inspired by his love of the outdoors. Since the start, Chouinard has pushed Patagonia to be one of the most honest and innovative companies in the areas of corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability. Using recycled fabrics, traceable down and contributing 1% of all sales to environmental organizations since 1985 makes Patagonia renowned for their forward thinking, technical approach to clothing and their dedication to the environment.
BATTENWEARCombining function, design and simplicity along with careful detailing, Battenwear is deeply rooted in 60s to 80s surf wear and classic American outdoor garments. Battenwear is the brainchild of lifelong surfer and vintage clothing enthusiast Shinya Hasegawa who founded the brand in 2011 after working four years as assistant designer under Daiki Suzuki at Woolrich Woolen Mills. Battenwear is for the contemporary adventurer. Surfing and other outdoor pursuits like hiking, climbing, and camping breed people who are dedicated to their sport in a way that defines them in their day-to-day life, no matter where they are or what they happen to be doing. Battenwear strives to facilitate that dedication.
GARBSTOREGarbstore was created by former One True Saxon founder Ian Paley in 2007. Ian has played an integral role in english fashion working for Paul Smith, helping pave the way for their denim line. He also worked for Thomas Burberry and Levi Strauss before venturing towards his own projects. The philosophy of the Garbstore label is richly ensconced in the history of clothing produced after the Second World War and draws influence from what can be coined "Unfamiliar Vintage", familiar garments that reference the past but with a modern edge. In essence pieces are re-imagined and made "historically new" using superior craftsmanship with a functional design.
CARHARTT WIPHamilton Carhartt founded the Carhartt company in Detroit in 1889. The original products were work overalls made of denim fabric and duck. Duck, also known as canvas became their trademark fabric. Ever since the start, the brand has been dedicated to provide best in class apparel for the active worker, meeting the highest standards of quality, durability and comfort. In 1994 Carhartt established a european distribution network called Work In Progress (WIP) to introduce select work wear items to a new market. The first WIP custom designs followed in 1997. A re-interpretation of classic garments, tailored for a modern silhouette, with great attention to fabrics and detail.
PORTERIn 1935 Kichinzo Yoshida, a hand-sewing craftsman created Yoshida Co Ltd, more commonly known as Porter. To this day, all channels of design and manufacture are strictly carried out in Japan. Porter operate more than 50 specialist workshops instead of centralising production at one larger factory, and some styles are in development for 3 years before they launch, such is their devotion to excellence. The company slogan "Heart and soul in every stitch" is evident in the quality of these bags.
ORSLOWEstablished in 2005 by Ichiro Nakutsu, orSlow is designed and manufactured in Hyogo, Japan. With a strong focus on creating basic garments from quality custom fabrics, while taking cues from designer Ichiro Nakutsu personal collection of vintage army and workwear, orSlow products offer longevity and classic styling without compromising on comfort or fit.
WOOD WOODIn 2002 the designer trio Brian SS Jensen, Karl-Oskar Olsen and Magnus Carstensen launched the first Wood Wood store in Copenhagen. At the time the brand consisted of a few graphic t-shirts and sweatshirts. These items quickly grew into a full collection and today Wood Wood are very well know for their unique aesthetic, blending danish street culture with high end fashion.
OUR LEGACYContemporary Swedish brand Our Legacy strives to redefine the classic mens wardrobe in a light and comfortable manner. With European sourced fabrics to ensure a quality and heritage feel, Our Legacy offers a mix of looks from your Grandfathers wardrobe with a modern preppy edge.
NORSE PROJECTSNorse Projects is philosophically rooted in Scandinavia with a Danish design aesthetic, and the idea that good design is functional and timeless in nature. With roots in street culture, skateboarding and inspiration from architecture and the subtle landscapes of the North, Norse Projects creates European sourced-and-sewn garments for the modern man.
NEW BALANCENew Balance was founded in 1906 and initially produced arch support but eventually developed into specialized shoe manufacturer. They have maintained factories in their hometown of Boston together with the Flimby facility in the UK which opened in the 80s to combine research & development with production in order to produce hand made footwear of the highest possible quality. Sticking to their philosophy "endorsed by no one", they much rather present a superior product that speaks for itself than to have a sports celebrity be paid to do so.
JACK PURCELLOriginally produced by the BF Goodrich company, Canadian badminton professional Jack Purcell designed this shoe in the 1930s to provide the protection and support needed on the badminton court. In the 1970s the trademark rights for the sneaker were bought by Converse, who until this day still produce and sell it. Purcell became world champion in 1933 and remained unbeaten until his retirement in 1945. Leaving after him the legacy that has become a true staple in any discerning man or woman`s closet.
VANSPaul Van Doren founded the company in 1966. The Van Doren Rubber Company as it was called at the time was a unique business in that they made shoes and sold them directly to the public. The first model was later to be known as the Authentic and until this day their trademark waffle soul and simple design have remained almost unchanged and worn religiously by skateboarders worldwide.
EBBETS FIELD FLANNELSJerry Cohen founded Ebbets Field Flannels in the late 80s. The small Seattle based company is built on the love for timeless, well-made clothing along with classic american sportswear aesthetics. Ebbets have been reproducing vintage sportswear with amazing historical accuracy for over twenty years. Focusing on non-major league history such as the Negro leagues and the pre-1958 Pacific Coast League gave the Company a unique twist, and brought relatively unknown baseball history to the public at large. Still run by the original founders, and remaining committed to bringing the quality, beauty and craftsmanship of mid-Century American athletic garments to a 21st Century public. Ebbets Field garments are hand made in the USA.
PALACE The PWBC London skate crew (Palace Waywards Boy Choir) that formed over a decade ago, laid the foundation for the birth of Palace. Founded by Lev Tanju in 2010, Palace is one of the most influential brands to ever emerge from the skateboarding community. Lev purveys a very honest and raw UK aesthetic, a fact reflected in the people with which he chooses to work, including Umbro, Reebok, The Tate Britain Gallery and Dover Street Market. Palace has established itself though bold moves that have already helped push it across traditional skate brand boundaries.
DIMEEvolving from a group of Montreal friends to gradually becoming a brand led by Antoine Asselin and Phil Lavoie, Dime has in recent years gained renown both at home and abroad. Well known in the skateboard community for showcasing incredible talent, recognition for the brands clothing line directed by photographer Vincent Tsang, is growing increasingly outside of that.
Dime keep projects close to the hip. Recently collaborating with JJJJOUND mastermind Justin R. Saunders, they maintain a consistently brilliant output and aesthetic.
POLAR SKATE CO. Polar Skate Co is the result of everything Pontus Alv has dedicated his life to. After many years of being involved in both the european and worldwide skate scene, he founded the company in the spring of 2011. Handling everything himself with creative help from Jacob Ovgren and Stefan Narancic, he works through a do it yourself mentality, which is what skateboard culture originates from. His initiation of DIY spots, full length feature films, art and skateboarding, manage time and time again to inspire and spark creativity throughout the whole skateboard community.
HOPPSJahmal Williams started Hopps in 2007 as a creative outlet. The brand is heavily art influenced and views skateboarding as an artistic expression. Reminiscent of an early 90s skate brand, Hopps keeps it simple, creative and fun. Jahmal grew up in Boston and turned professional during the golden era of the early east coast 90s. He was awarded a scholarship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and eventually moved to New York in 2005, in pursuit of a up-beat way of living, filled with street skating, and with the vision to create a brand that is a true voice of the streets.
INVENTORY MAGAZINEInventory was established in 2009 as an online platform and biannual publication to explore the aesthetic and cultural interests of its founders. By offering a unique and global perspective on design, craftsmanship and culture, both forgo the temporariness of trend to focus on the brands, designers and artists whose bodies of work reflect a commitment to quality, and a desire for innovation.
Working with established and emerging photographers, stylists and writers, the magazine places equal emphasis on accomplished journalism and beautiful imagery, and seeks to represent contemporary icons alongside future influencers.
MONOCLEFounded by Canadian Tyler Brule, the first issue launched in February 2007. Monocle gives a briefing on global affairs, business, culture and design.
THE ALPINE REVIEWThe Alpine Review is a bi-annual, comprehensive publication that tracks changes in thought, systems and creations around the world. Assembled by a multidisciplinary team and designed with extreme care, The Alpine Review is a compendium of ideas for a world in transition.
SNEEZE MAGAZINESneeze looks to expand the street inspired culture of skateboarding to unexpected references, places and images. The magazine is an authentic guide to modern street culture and lifestyles.
Sneeze is a poster size, less-is-more, full color, no binding, soft fold publication. With a page size this large, full-bleed images and ads become posters/art for Sneeze readers walls. Each turn of the page is unpretentious, honest source of surprise.
DANK MAGAZINEDank magazine is a beautifully made skateboard publication from Oslo, Norway. With backgrounds in journalism and graphic design, Jorn Aagaard, Axel Overskott and Eirik Traavik released the first issue in the spring of 2011.
43 MAGAZINE43 is an independent, non-profit, skateboard magazine dedicated to quality, photography, and arts. Photographer Allen Ying launched the magazine in the autumn of 2011. 43 is a forgotten name for the trick more commonly known as a frontside no-comply. this magazine is a 43 on the skateboard world, putting one foot down, turning it around, while continually moving forward, presenting the essence of skateboarding by not complying with conventional guidelines and formulae.