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 with the intention of adding a little energy and glee to …

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 of what we’re trying to do in surf is experimentation,” he tells us. …

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 that’s still at the heart of what they do today. On the …