By the end of the 80s (Surf & Co) was the only core skate and surf shop in Cagliari, Sardinia (where I was) born and raised. I could not afford to buy new stuff also my mom was not going to buy me 20 pairs of shoes just cause I loved the design, lol. That created a monster!
One (2005) day walking by I noticed that they had this window with just old made in the usa Vans. It was crazy, I am talking about pure 80s stuff, like a time machine into a 80's skateboard shop window. I was gifted two pairs for my birthday, i went to hunt for more but i couldn't find anything.... I remember also they were not much into selling them.
(Then in 2012) I managed to speak with the son of the owner and i understood that there were some pairs left but most importantly that they were down to sell them! I was trying acting cool while inside me i was like "40 plus pairs"???? are you kidding me??
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ paninaro hipsters! ~ the history of vans x wp lavori in corso August 11 2015
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ collab experiments! ~ the history of vans collaboration May 18 2015
Here Under the RADar we seek to bring to a wider audience the (arts &) crafts of the Vans back catalog which flew low & barely registered on the radar of radical. We dig deep for the long lost narratives & day-to-day operations of the van doren rubber company which seemingly went unnoticed & somewhat unloved. Often these products & pasttimes (such as ankle guards, factory-to-you customs or friction scenes) were taken for granted at the time however proved to be pioneering & light years ahead. Another trail that was blazed by Vans that would prove profoundly influential was their early work in collaborative efforts
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ scene & not herd! ~ the history of vans print & friction scene March 06 2015
printed canvas has played a huge part in the evolution of the vans brand however to tell the story we have to set the 'scene' so to speak....
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ custom(er) culture ~ the history of vans customs December 04 2014
with house of vans opening in august and now proceeding to cement itself as the premier london establishment of core, community and creativity, the visit of steve van doren to said opening reinforces for me....
PRESS ~ MOVING IMAGES October 27 2014
NEW PHYSICAL SHOP ¬ 1st look & the most epic of visitors September 02 2014
161b lower clapton road
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ vans peanuts collection review/comparison August 31 2014
pillowHeat x sneakers MAG ¬ under the RADar ¬ changing of the guard ~ the history of vans ankle guards July 19 2014
pillowHeat.com IS LIVE! ¬ activity update May 20 2014
welcome to the website!
i would love to say 'new' website but essentially we have not had 1 until now. hopefully you find this resource easier to traverse than our previous disjointed combination of blog et al....
as you may or may not know we closed our original wilton way location late 2013. we are happy to announce however we have secured a dream east london location for the second incarnation of theothersideofthepillow! (opening 06.14)
have you ever longed to be a fly on the wall during the factory-to-you handmade era of vans canvas casuals..... or in this case, a fly OFF the wall??
WILTON WAY CLOSING PARTY/VANS ARCHIVE SHOWCASE! November 11 2013
As you may or may not know we have closed for business after nearly 5 years on wilton way, but dont worry this is not the last you will hear from of the other side of the pillow...
anatomy of a vans shoe July 02 2013
style profile ¬ DOGTOWN & Z-BOYS February 13 2013
If there was ever 1 solid #style44 #vansauthentic & 1 2-tone #style95 #vansera that embody the spirit of the brand...what colours would they be?
Signed Van Doren Rubber Co shirt from the man himself! December 30 2012
If you follow our (self)indulgence in original vans memorabilia via this page you may recognise this t-shirt which has made a few appearances, photographed here with the plan to sell...
9,10,11.11.12 ¬ TOSOTP x VAN DOREN X VAULT X WARPED November 12 2012
no caption will capture this moment
style profile ¬ vans style #38 sk8-hi October 31 2012
not sure of the exact date of this ad which we have posted b4, however being so loaded with significance it deserves greater attention.....
style profile ¬ VANS style #36 old skool October 22 2012
we are the 1st to admit our having overlooked style #36 & somehow allowed it to roll smooth like a silent assassin under our own internal RADar....