DAY X NIGHT FOR SXSW March 16 2016
VANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY March 12 2016
50th "Authentic" -side view
When the Van Doren brothers, Gordon Lee and Serge D’Elia, opened the doors to their Vans store on March 16th, 1966, they sold twelve pairs of authentics style shoes. The customers were told to return to the store later in the day; the brothers had to rush to the nearby factory where they manufactured the shoes on the spot! When the customers returned to pick up the shoes, the brothers realized that they forgot to have money till on hand to make change. The Van Doren's asked the customers to return the next day with payment. All twelve customers returned to pay in full. Back in 1966, the Van Doren brothers set out to make quality footwear at an affordable price, and today, 50 years later, Vans continues to achieve their goal.
Service Menswear is proud to feature a capsule collection from their 50th "golden" anniversary styles that prominently feature golden anniversary foil detailing. The shoes come in the original Van Doren shoe box design from 1966.
50th "Authentic" -top view
50th "Era 59" -side view
Unsurprisingly, Vans actively sponsor skateboard, surf, snowboard, BMX and motocross teams, have opened famous skate parks, and have had many famous ambassadors that swear by the Vans name. In addition, Vans has also been a long-time supporter of music, namely as being the primary sponsor of the traveling music festival, Van's Warped Tour. They started the fest in 1996 making it the longest running concert series.
50th "Era 59" -back view
As their passion and investment in youth culture show no signs of slowing down, Vans continues to reinvent themselves while maintaining the quality and timelessness that they are known and loved for.
Happy Birthday, Vans! Here's to 50 more years of greatness!
Purchase above shoes online and in store.
New Arrival: VANS X YUSUKE HANAI February 14 2016
"The Authentic SF" Yusuke Hanai Classic White
"My name is Yusuke Hanai. Illustrator from Japan. I started surfing when I was in high school. I surfed at my local reef break. And I will keep surfing from that point on for the rest of my life."
"The Authentic SF" Classic White top view
Much to his conservative parent's chagrin, Yusuke Hanai followed his dream of becoming an artist by saving up money bartending before attending art school in San Francisco. He continued to surf while in SF and was influenced by the people and counter culture there. His art is now known worldwide and it all came from continuing to pursue his passions.
"I liked doodling ever since I was a kid...I like people, especially weird people. Weird people are interesting and such great characters. And there are so many of those types of people in surfing. Of course I love surfing so sometimes I like to draw surfers."
"Mens Hanelei" flip flop
The Authentic SF canvas shoe and the Mens Hanelei flip flop are the result of the collaboration between Vans and Hanai. They showcase the Japanese artist's modern mid-century details and illustration while maintaining the classic Vans form. Fun fact: the left and right foot on both the shoes and flip flops feature different illustrations.
You can now find both styles in our brick and mortar store. Click on any photo above to view/purchase in our online store.
"Think about what people want you to do. Think about what you can do to make people happy. Then find out what you want to do." -Yusuke Hanai
NEW VANS SK8-HI & THE ICONIC OLD SKOOL August 19 2015
New from the Vans California Collection, the Sk8-Hi Cup in Black & Whisper White. This sleeker version of the Classic Sk8-Hi has a new cup sole for added support and durability, as opposed to the traditional vulcanized sole. In addition to added comfort, the cup sole gives the classic shape extra appeal, with the visible tonal stitching. If you're a skater, the technical aspects of this shoe are great and if you're wearing them casually you'll get the bonus of added comfort for just kicking around.
Another new addition to our Vans selection is the Vintage Old Skool in Dark Earth & Aluminum. This one features contrast white stitching on soft suede with a classic white sole and white laces.
We've really been loving the gumsole as an alternate option to the classic white rubber sole. This is the first Old Skool we've introduced with a gumsole. Classic black and white with a twist.
Available now in-store & online.
FIRST OF FALL NEW ARRIVALS July 22 2015
NEW ARRIVALS: VANS X ELEY KISHIMOTO July 06 2015
New at Service, we have stocked two styles of Vans x Eley Kishimoto collaboration. Above, the Classic Slip-On in Flash Black & White and below, the Era Whooping Waffle in Marina. We've also stocked a printed bucket hat and a pair of socks from the collection.
Eley Kishimoto is a London based fashion and design company founded in 1992 by Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto. Living by the maxim "print the world" Eley Kishimoto are known for their vibrant graphic print design and for collaborating with renowned fashion brands worldwide.
In addition, we have stocked new Summer Vans from the Classics and Surf collections. All available at Service, in-store & online.
Era Gumsole in Blue Nights.
FATHER'S DAY ESSENTIALS, PT. 2 June 16 2015
This Father's Day, give dad a hand with his Summer wardrobe. Vans sneakers, Levi's, cotton shorts, a plaid button down shirt, and vintage inspired graphic t-shirts make perfect dad day gifts. We also have a nice selection of classic swim trunks, which you can check out in our Swim Shop online. Everything shown here is available in-store & online, excluding Levi's, which are currently only available in-store. If you see a pair of Levi's you like, give us a call in the shop.
Clockwise from top left:
1. Hartford Striped Pocket Tee in Navy, 2. Vans Era Gumsole in Blue Nights, 3. Barbour John Plaid Volley Swim Trunks in Blue, 4. Levi's 513 in True Chino, 5. RVCA Short Sleeve Pox Shirt in Black, 6. Levi's Standard Western in White, 7. RVCA Recession Collection Dayshift Shorts in Red Earth, 8. Atru Apparel New York Times Stack Tee in Navy, 9. Kato French Seam Japanese Plaid Shirt in Moss Green, 10. Vans Aldrich C&L in Khaki Native.
NEW ARRIVALS: VANS x HANK FOTO April 07 2015For another season running, Vans teamed up with photographer Hank Foto for a capsule collection of kitschy tees, boardshorts, and hats with beach inspired imagery. Born in Southern California, Hank Foto has been a staple surf photographer for Surfing Magazine since the 80's. Now based out of Oahu, he remains one of the premier photographers of the North Shore.
Service has stocked 4 pieces from the collection, which are available in the shop and online.
We have even more new swim arrivals from Vans. Two drawstring waist volley swim shorts and three classic boardshorts in 80's inspired colors and prints. All priced under $60. For more Vans apparel and shoes, check out our full selection here.
NEW FOR SPRING: VANS CALIFORNIA March 04 2015
NEW SURF & IMAGE TEES ARE HERE! January 29 2015
VANS x GQ PARTY October 10 2014
Look forward to seeing you there!
NEW ARRIVALS: VANS X DANE REYNOLDS August 13 2014
Photo cred: VANS
Just in for the end-of-Summer, new arrivals from surfer Dane Reynolds’ shoe collab with Vans. This fall, Dane lends his unique artistic direction to a seasonal collection featuring these two radical styles. Part of the Vans surf collection, the Costa Mesa and Chukka Boot come in his signature washed canvas colorways with Dane Reynolds illustrated labels.
Now available in-store & online at servicemenswear.com.
NEW ARRIVALS: DEUS + VANS + RVCA July 10 2014
Available in-store & online at servicemenswear.com.
RED, WHITE & BLUE June 25 2014
For the upcoming Holiday, Service has stocked fun & novel shirts, swim trunks, and shoes in red, white, and blue.
Toddland ‘Merica Boxerbriefs ($24).
Obey Short Sleeve Franklin Stars Shirt White ($65).
Available in-store and online at servicemenswear.com.
VANS GIVEAWAY June 22 2014
For a limited time, buy 2 items from Vans (shoes and apparel) and receive a FREE DIY tie dye VANS swim trunk kit! Just mention this post at time of purchase.
Left, white cotton boardshorts, ready for dyeing with RIT dye. Right, take them home and tie dye your swim trunks in your kitchen! Kit comes with 4 RIT dye packets and blank, un-dyed boardshorts. Instructions included inside the box. Promotion applies to in-store purchases and online.
ROUNDUP: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND May 21 2014
It's Memorial Day weekend, which means swimming, BBQ, sunshine (we hope!), cold beers, and relaxation. Service currently has 48 styles of swim trunks in stock, in addition to many styles of graphic tees, sunglasses, flip flops, and caps to get you set up for the Holiday weekend.
Clockwise from top left: Obey Blacklight Power Tee ($32), Sunpocket Sport Shiny Dark Green Sunglasses ($75), Deus Ex Machina Old Mans Boardshorts Gold & Navy ($75), Obey Bend 5 Panel Cap Cool Grey ($25), Vans Cali Over Washed Classic Slip-On ($68).
Clockwise from left: RVCA Ally Leaf Print Cap ($34), Vans Sloat Surf-N-Short Checkerboard Trunks ($58), Nixon Mellor Navy Red Nylon ($125), Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandal Tobacco ($130), The Poster List Shapes & Sizes T-Shirt ($28), Super Panama Matte Light Havana Sunglasses ($259).
Clockwise from top left: Deus Ex Machina Wolf Head Trucker Hat ($28), Hartford VW Bus Swim Trunks ($175), RVCA Shaka Nene Tank ($28), St. Moritz Vintage Centari Sport Sunglasses Black ($45), Vans Authentic Brushed Twill Bachelor Blue ($62).
NEW ARRIVALS: VANS January 29 2014
Old Skool Vintage Blue Suede & Canvas ($62)
Ludlow Navy Waxed Canvas ($92)
U SK8 Mid Cali Black Leather ($105)
U Era Decon Brown Nappa Leather ($88)
U Era 59 Canvas & Leather in Sand with Zarape pop ($60)
FALL VANS HAVE ARRIVED September 25 2013
If you’ve shopped at Service in the past 20 some years, you know we love our Vans over here. Good news for the other fans out there, new Vans for Fall 13 have hit the store in some cool new prints.
A fresh collaboration from Vans x Liberty paisley Eras and the Authentic in snakeskin (don't worry, they're vegan). Both classic low-top, low profile sneaks with all over print, vulcanized rubber sole, and signature waffle outsole.
2 new surf style chukkas have hit the store too. A suede and tweed lace up style in addition to an awesome collaboration from Vans and the non-profit Krochet Kids. These guys are more like moccasins you can skate in, with Vans signature ultracush washable footbeds and slim rubber soles. Wear the navy tweed version without socks to take full advantage of the fleeced herringbone lining.
Now for the trivia: Vans #44 deck shoes, Authentics, first came on the scene in 1966, while Vans #95, the Era, launched in 1975 at the height of the skate revolution. Liberty of London originated just a tad before Vans, in 1875. Together, Vans x Liberty nod to the heritage of each iconic brand. But we're sure you already knew all that.
WINTER COAT SALE December 14 2012
Starting today! 20% off all winter coats and 20% off most fall and winter jackets at Service.
Brands Include: Barbour, Spiewak, Levi's, Vans, Penguin, Plectrum, and others!
Offer is available for a limited time and is subject to end without notice.
(Blazers and sport coats are regular price)
Happy Holidays from the Service Crew!
MEET THE SERVICE FAMILY - CHRISTIAN November 27 2012
Christian was first a loyal Service customer, and then to supplement his wardrobe with employee discounts, picked up part-time work at the store. His passion is also the kitchen. He has worked at Uchi for many years, and makes some mean, wickedly delicious "albondigas." That's Mexican meatballs, for the anglophiles out there. Christian has been a fantastic Service employee, but his other interests and ventures are acting and some part-time modeling.
How long have you worked for Service? On and off again for about 7 years.
What are you up to now? Working the sushi line at a little restaurant on south lamar.
What is your favorite item you've ever purchased from Service? This is a great question because I have invested a lot of my time into their clothes! The winner would have to be my 511 levi's. Four years of hard work and still going.
What's the cheesiest pick up line you've ever used? Did it work?! How 'bout I give you one that was used on me, "I'm a millionaire cougar and I've kinda been stalking you." there's a lot more to it, but that's the point. didn't really work.
Christian is wearing:
Gant, long sleeve striped henley
Penguin, wool blend blazer
Ben Sherman, slim stretch chino
Vans, guitar strap chukka decon
All available at Service Menswear.
SUMMER YELLOW May 29 2012
We have fun yellow pops in apparel and accessories to brighten every day.
-Pantherella, Cotton/Cashmere Stripe Sock
-Jack Spade, Monza Bill Holder
-Vans Authentic, Brushed Twill
-RVCA, Solid Crewneck Tee
SXSW / WHAT ARE YOU WEARING TODAY? March 14 2012
Whether you are spending your SXSW days at The Fader Fort or taking a break from the day activities with a dip in our local Barton Springs Pool, we've got you covered. Check out Service's picks below:
1. Cheap Sunglasses $19
2. Cheap Monday tank $ 35
3. RVCA Hats $35
4. Penguin shorts $65
5. VANS $55
VANS / RATA VULC SNEAKER September 23 2011 1 Comment
Beach-inspired moc-toe sneaker from the casual, comfortable and eco-friendly Vans Surf collection. Its durable, flexible construction is perfect for stuffing into a backpack, and the 100% royal hemp uppers are machine washable, ensuring years of faithful service. The soft EVA molded sockliner features a super comfortable reverse waffle texture, and the flexible vulcanized waffle outsole insures adequate grip. To boot, only eco-conscious water-based inks and glues are used. Currently available at Service.