Interview: Corey of Vintage Frames & 40 Oz VAN x DDS

Vintage Frames x 40oz VAN interview

Som mange nok har set var vi en tur i Berlin under den tyske fashion week, og fik bl.a. oplevet nogle af de største messer bla. Bread & Butter. En tur som har givet også en masse inspiration, gå på mod og drivkraft til at udvide DDS som brand. Vi fik også mødt en masser forskellige mennesker og udvekslet kontaktinfo med folk fra Black Scale, Diamond Supply, Patta, Billionaire Boys Club og mange flere.

Udover det fik vi også fornøjelsen af at møde frontfigurerne fra henholdsvis Vintage Frames og 40 Oz NYC, nemlig Corey og VAN. Vi besluttede os derfor at interviewe de 2 individer, og høre lidt om deres 2 brands og hvad der fik dem til at starte det.

1. What do you think about Berlin, and what has the best experience been at the Bread & Butter Tradeshow?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“I know Van would say that he met a really nice girl at Pony, who explained the in depth history of Pony.”

40 Oz Van:

“She gave me more New York history that i have ever learned, and im born and raised there. Other than the tradeshow, Berlin is beautiful, i fuck with Berlin, and Corey definitely fucks with Berlin”

2. What are your favorite shades and which ones do you think are going to be popular in 2013?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“I think that 2013 was last year, we are on to 2017. My favorite shades are the diamond goliaths i did with Ben Baller the famous jeweler. I think they gonna be more futuristic looking, at least vintage futuristic feeling, so i think it’s gonna go from very classic to very robotic right away.”

3. Tell us about the new “RICH” snapback and how did that collaboration come about?

40 Oz Van:

“Guys are rich man! *jokin*”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“The snapback was about us joking around and calling each other rich, and the misconception became about money, but it’s really not, it’s about having a different state of mind and thinking outside of the box and towards an enriched life versus it being about wealth.”

4. What things are you looking for if somebody wants to collaborate with you?

40 Oz Van:

“Big things man!”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“I look for things that are obscure, i want things to be over the top and ridiculous. Big things doesn’t necessarily need to be with big people!”

40 Oz Van:

“Originality. We not gonna sell ourselves out, it’s not even about the money now days. Our image is very important, it’s about the concept and whether we fit into or not. Something organic!”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“We are not gonna deny big companies, it just has to make sense.”

5. Can we expect some new caps soon, and do you plan to expand the brand?

40 Oz Van:

“Yeah i mean, i have hats for years so you gonna see a lot more, i have a lot designs coming out as well. A few more collaborations, and some t-shirts soon for the summer, a little secret but you gonna see some shit. Next up is the Margiela cap, i’m gonna fuck the game up with that!”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“We have a fully in-house glasses line, it’s coming out. We have a bunch of clothing projects.”

6. Have you experienced some difficulties or complications as far as copyrighting and stuff like that?

40 Oz Van:

“Nah man, I keep everything legal. If i gotta change something in the color scheme or a letter or font.”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“Very few people trademark their fonts, most of the fonts or taken from something historic anyways. It’s only a culmination of color and font that would really be a problem.”

7. Where do you get your chains from?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“We source them from around the world from different collectives, since they are all runaway pieces, most people who buy them only wear them once or twice, and since they are not made of cloth they are not tarnished by someone wearing them once or twice, so we have collectors who have sold their old runaway pieces.”

8. Who was the first celeb who rocked your shit and what’s the story?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“The first person was Pharrell. I had bought a Givenchy chain and i was wearing it to a party with Pharrell in Florida, and he like caught a glimpse of the link and pulled it out of my shirt and was like “What the fuck is this?!”. He had borrowed it and was like “i need to borrow it so i can send it to Jacob!” and used it to make a chain out of it. I immediately went to try to buy some more chains, and went for an appointment with Rick Ross and u know Ross just took ‘em off my neck and was like “What the fuck is this!?”. We do business with anybody whether you like it or not.”

40 Oz Van:

“Victor Cruz, he’s an american football player. He plays for the Giants, that’s the home team. I met him at my first t-shirt collab, at the store called Prohibit and he had just won a ring, you know they won the championship so he was like “Yo i gotta have a cap, please send one to me!”, and it was poppin’ after that.”

9. How do you kindly reject a person who only want your shit for free?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“I’ve had artists who come to me many times, and i just tell them look “I got a son who’s gonna be 13 in eleven years and if you wanna perform at his Bar Mitzvah for free then you my guy!” you nahimsayin. Help yourself, but if not!”

40 Oz Van:

“Bills still gotta get paid u know, 50 dollars hands up, so if i got 10 homies who want 10 free caps that’s 500 dollars in my pockets, so you just gotta do the math instantly.”

10. What inspire you to what you are doing?

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“I was a big sneaker collector like legitimate since i was probably 11 or 12. My grandparents use to run around the world producing mens high-end net wear and garments and that type of shit, and they would always bring me back different shoes from Germany, from Japan from everywhere. I was always really into it, and when people started to kinda buy into the whole hype factor of it, it was just annoying. People use to come up to me and be like “do you have this shoe or that shoe, and how many do you have?” and im like yeah have thousands of shoes, but what’s unique is that i have a pair of glasses to match with every single one of them individually. I had a sneaker store which was a failure, and i wanted to see what would be the best product, and i was a glasses collector and the two most visible accessories are the shoes and the glasses. The shitty thing about having a shoe store would be all your best sizes sell but what about all your shitty sizes? A glass either fits you it doesn’t. A chain, you either like it or you don’t. For the chains, you know most of my friends are rappers and shit like that, and i couldn’t afford to get my face on a chain, so i looked for something that went with my image, and you know the whole vintage designer thing, and i finally found a Givenchy chain and as you know Pharrell pulled it off my neck and i was like “Okay this is really real!”.

40 Oz Van:

“The fact that hats are a lot more universal, and a lot of people purchase hats. Hats move whether is a snapback or not, males or females you name it.”

11. We know that you are a fan of the New York hip-hop scene, but what new artists do you listen to?

40 Oz Van:

“I fuck with Bodega BAMZ, A$AP Rocky, Troy Ave, Joey Bada$$ can’t forget him, he’s next and about to get signed.”

Corey of Vintage Frames:

“Maybach Music Group is obviously my home team. I like Chromeo, i like A$AP, im a big fan of Mac Miller, Wiz.”

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