By - knobel
dude, that pair on the left look brand new. Damn impressive. *slow clapping intensifies*
dude those unicorns are fucking magical :3
what was the custom ordering process like back in the 80s? i remember reading that it was a thing way back then but never really figured out how it worked. i vaguely remember reading that you could bring your own fabrics in and have them use it but i dont think ive ever seen any examples of that, nor do i remember where i saw it. did you have any say in fabric choices like that or did they just have a selection to choose from like they do nowadays online?
I lived in Germany back then and someone got hold of a black and white photocopied little Vans catalogue with the available designs and ordering instructions. With a bunch of friends we pooled orders and kind of hoped for the best because we couldn't really be sure about the colours.
There were only very few skater/BMX shops back then that sold Vans where I lived and you had to be lucky to get a fitting pair that you liked. I still have quite a few from back then, will post more pictures here.
Idk about bringing in your own fabric, But I did order customs in 80’s/90’s. What I can say is that they did have ringed fabric swatches.
This is high quality content.
Boy I sure wish I still had some of my customs from back then.