The History of Vans

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March 16th, 1966, at street 704E Broadway, in Anaheim, California, Paul Van Doren and three partners opened up their first ever store and the Vans dream was born.  The Van Doren Rubber Company was unique in that it manufactures shoes and sells them directly to the public.  On that first morning, 12 customers purchase shoes which are made that day and ready for pick-up in the afternoon.  The Vans #44 deck shoes, which are now known as the Authentic, were born.

Skateboarders who like Vans rugged make-up and sticky sole are seen sporting Vans all over Southern California in the early 1970s.  In 1975, the Vans #95, known today as the Era was designed by Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta.  With a padded collar and different colour combinations the Era becomes the shoe of choice for a generation of skateboarders.

In 1979, Vans introduce the #44 shoe, and with the help of skateboarders and BMX riders the Vans Slip-On became all the rage in Southern California.  By the end of the 1970s, Vans had 70 stores in California and sells through dealers both nationally and internationally.

As the 1980s rolled around, Paul Van Doren began to take a lesser role in the companies’ activities.  Over this period, Vans started to create shoes for a number of sports from baseball, basketball and wrestling to skydiving in an effort to compete with large athletic shoe companies.

Vans Slip-Ons gained international attention and appeal when they were worn by Sean Penn in the 1982, iconic youth film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”  Although Vans core shoes were selling well, the wide range of products that the company now offered had drained the companies resources, and with Vans not able to overcome its debt they were forced to file for bankruptcy in 1983.

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Just three years on, Vans had paid back all creditors and emerges from bankruptcy.  In 1988 Vans original owners sell to an investment banking firm, and with the new owners financial backing, Vans expands and increases its worldwide presence.

Vans begins manufacturing footwear overseas in 1994, allowing for development of new shoe styles, and huge expansion occurs.   Vans then begins creating the world’s leading action sport series with the sponsorship of the inaugural Triple Crown of skateboarding, which then develops into the Vans Triple Crown series which includes events in skateboarding, BMX, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, motocross and super cross.

1998 sees Vans open the first of its kind, a 46,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor Vans Skate park at the Block in Orange County.  Vans makes initial public offering of stock, which is now traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Vans are recognized by Forbes in 2000 and then again in 2001 as one of “America’s Best Small Companies.”  2001 sees Vans financing the production of Dogtown and Z-Boys, Stacy Peralta’s look at the beginnings of skateboarding and the personalities that evolved the sport.  The film takes the Audience Award and the Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film is narrated by Sean Penn.  The same year Vans buys controlling interest of the Vans Warped Tour, the nation’s leading action sports and music festival.

2004 Vans launches Vans Customs at , allowing would-be fashion designers to create their own Classic Slip-ons utilizing hundreds of different colour and pattern combinations.  Vans stage what many consider to be the best bowl contest of all time, the inaugural Pro-tec Pool Party 2005 which took place in the replica of the legendary Combi Bowl at the Vans Skate Park at the Block at Orange.  The same year, the Vans Warped Tour draws more than 680,000 punk fans during the summer, solidifying its position as America’s longest running concert series.  Vans adopt a new concept in skate street contests with the Vans Downtown Showdown, held in the Universal Studios Back Lot on Labour Day.

Vans continues to forge innovative collaborations through the Vault by BVans line with Vans sneaker combinations with design giant Marc Jacobs and OC up-and-comers Trovata flying off the shelves.  In 2006 Vans celebrates 40 years at the heart of youth culture.

Choose the Right Jeans According to Your Body Shape [Infographic]

You should always choose the jeans according to your body shape. This will improve your overall appearance. Here we have an infographic, created by HX1 Jeans, which highlights some useful tips.

Right Jeans According To Your Body Shape

Valentine’s Day Special: Men’s Designer Shirts under £20.00

Check out the latest collection of men’s designer shirts from top brands at best prices. Here is our list of top 10 shirts for men under £20.00:

1. Mens Mish Mash Red Check Shirt

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Featuring the check print, buy this red casual shirt from Mish Mash and make a style statement.

Price: £19.95

2. Mish Mash Short Sleeve Full Button shirt

Mish Mash Short Sleeve Full Button shirt

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Revamp your look with this stylish short sleeve blue shirt from Mish Mash.

Price: £19.95

3. Bellfield Daintree Red Checked Shirt


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This red checked shirt from Bellfield is the perfect product for the customer who values individual style and attention to detail.

Price: £14.95


4. Swade Full Button Up Short Sleeve Navy Shirt

Swade Full Button Up Short Sleeve Navy Shirt

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This short sleeve navy shirt with deep blue buttons is made of 100% cotton.

Price: £19.95


5. Mish Mash Full Button Salt Red Shirt

Mish Mash Full Button Salt Red Shirt

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Buy this stylish 100% cotton full button salt red shirt today!

Price: £19.95


6. Swade Long Sleeve Navy Button up Shirt

Swade Long Sleeve Navy Button up Shirt

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Buy this navy button up shirt with black stitching and look smart.

Price: £19.95


7. Bellfield Lowe Green & Grey Checked Long Sleeved Shirt

Bellfield Lowe Green & Grey Checked Long Sleeved Shirt

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Great long sleeved check shirt from Bellfield, featuring twin chest pockets & padded elbow patches.

Price: £14.95


8. Mish Mash Short Sleeve Denim Shirt

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Look stylish in this stonewashed short sleeve denim shirt from Mish Mash.

Price: £19.95


9. Mens Swade Long Sleeve Shirt

Mens Swade Long Sleeve Shirt

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Another stylish shirt from our latest collection, buy it today!

Price: £19.95


10. Swade Blue PSL410 Stretch Full Sleeve Shirt

Swade Blue PSL410 Stretch Full Sleeve Shirt

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Made with cotton and poly, featuring dotted collar and pocket on chest with dotted border.

Price: £16.95

Journey of Jeans [Infographic]

Jeans are found in myriad fittings and styles and men can choose the one they like. While some of them come in extremely tight fittings and seem to be sticking to the skin; others are loose fitting. The choice of jeans depends a lot on the figure of the man. While a tall man will look taller in skinny jeans, a short man will look shorter in loose fitting jeans. There are various key factors that make jeans better than any other pants. Denims offer unmatched comfort and style. You don’t have to look further if you have chosen denim as your bottom wear for party.

The infographic below, created by HX1 Jeans, revolves around the amazing journey of jeans. Go through the same and don’t forget to hit the share buttons.


How significant is branded clothing?

It’s all about designer clothing and brands in this day and age, most people want to be the first within their group of friends and colleagues to wear the latest fashion. Designer clothing is about the brands name itself, however, it is easily noticed that people who wear designer clothes always look smart in their outer appearance. People naturally want to improve their status within the community and looking fashionable shows others that you can dress well and you can afford to do so. Wearing designer clothing is about making a fashion statement. Designer clothing caters a large variety of tastes from Hip Hop to famous Italian designers.

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Wearing designer clothes is all about looking good and flaunting the fact that you can afford to wear a designer label. It is well known that designer clothes do cost a little more than their mass produced counter parts but standing out from the crowd is worth the extra expense to impress your friends and associates. Designer clothing is made to a very high standard using the best quality materials. Time and care is taken in cutting each garment carefully and stitching them together with quality threads to create the item of clothing. This extra care that is taken in making the clothing is extremely noticeable when the designer clothes are shown next to the lower quality, mass produced supermarket special. Fake designer items also do not cut the grade, they may have the same symbols embellished or be the same colours or shades but they lack the quality of the real thing. And quality is what designer clothing is all about.

As with all items that are made to a better standard and use a higher grade of materials, they will last longer and wear better which makes them better value for money in the long run. Designer clothing is about the individuals taste and it is important to wear clothes that you feel comfortable in. By wearing designer clothes you can increase your confidence which is important in interacting in today’s society. Designer clothing also comes in many shapes and sizes so you don’t have to have the perfect figure to wear the latest designs. Here at Halifax Jeans achieving a modern look with designer clothing can be accomplished without breaking the bank.

The History of the Converse All Star “Chuck Taylor”!

The All Star “Chuck Taylor” Converse is known to be the oldest and most popular, best selling basketball shoe’s of all time! 60% of all Americans own or have owned at least one pair of these converses. It was in 1908 that the Converse Rubber Corporation opened for business the company began making athletic shoes. With the popularity of basketball, the Converse Corporation saw the need to develop a shoe that people could wear while playing basketball. After lots of research and development, the very first version of the All Star basketball shoe was produced in 1917. The All Star shoe originally came in natural brown colours with black trim. In the 1920s, Converse All Stars were made in all black canvas or leather versions. The All Star was to be the first mass produced basketball shoe in North America. It consisted of a very thick rubber sole, and an ankle covering canvas. Soon basketball teams as well as American boys were wearing Converse “Chuck Taylor” All Stars. In the 1930s Chuck Taylor designed the white high top model for the 1936 Olympics, and the shoe with its red and blue trim became very popular along with the all black canvas and leather models of the All Star.

Converse All Star Chuck Taylor

The classic black and white Chuck Taylor All Star High Top was introduced in 1949; a much more eye-catching shoe than the monochrome black models that had been produced up to that time. Basketball was now a major professional sport, with the merger of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America becoming the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chuck Taylor All Stars were the shoe for professional, college, high school, and all serious players, and these distinctive black or white high tops were part of the look of each team. In 1957 the low cut All Star was introduced and became popular as a more casual alternative to the high top. By this time Converse had an 80% share of the entire trainers industry. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Converse Company began to experience hard times. The ownership and management of the Converse Company changed several times. These changes and bad business decisions along with their loss of market share took its toll on the company, and in 2001 they filed for bankruptcy. But the brand was too well established to abandon, and new ownership took over. The brand was re-established successfully and the company was eventually purchased by its rival, Nike.

Despite all of the innovations and changes in the athletic shoe industry, ‘Chuck’ Taylor athletic shoes continue to live on! Thousands of pairs of high top and low cut chucks are still sold each week worldwide. Due to the trainer’s unisex design, the same trainers are worn by males and females of all ages. As of today more than 800,000,000 pairs of chucks have been sold. Unlike other trainers that lose their popularity, the Converse All Star ‘Chuck’ Taylor still remains fashionable and people who like the brand are fanatical in their devotion to the shoes. As the decades pass, these simple but timeless trainers are rediscovered and adapted by millions of people in each new generation who like their look and feel on their feet.

Converse All Star ‘Chuck’ Taylors are over 80 years old but still going strong! And since 1949, the basic design of the ‘Chuck’ Taylor basketball shoe has not changed.

Take Care of Your Clothes Like a PRO [Infographic]

Clothes are an investment and you can make them durable by following the right wash/dry instructions. Some of the fabrics are soft, durable and should be washed using warm water while others are strong and to wash them you need cold water. While ironing, you should keep in mind the specified temperature for every cloth type.

This infographic, created by HX1 Jeans, revolves around washing/drying tips for natural and synthetic fabrics.