A Retrospective of sneakers from the Blitz vault @ Known Gallery | Interview with sneaker collector ANDRE LJUSTINA aka CROATIANSTYLE by BE STREET

November 27 2015 . 10:08pm

If you ask me, there’s two types of collectors. Those with unlimited budget who can acquire just about anything without bothering about expenses and those who have to be creative and utterly dedicated to build a worthy collection over the years. Andre Ljustana aka CroatianStyle belongs to the latter category. Born and raised in a family of Croatian descent, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, Hawthorne to be exact. Over the past 16 years, he has amassed a collection of sneakers worth several million dollars. When asked what he did before that, he couldn’t really tell, that’s how long he’s been in the game. In Primary School, young Andre was already exchanging kicks with his pals just for fun and so as to not having to wear the same pair day in day out. In an era where everybody can call themselves a “Sneakerhead”, partially due to the rise of the Internet and Social Media, we wanted to find out how things were back in the day, in the years ’00 when all you had to get in touch were forums (Nikepark, Niketalk…) and AOL Instant Messenger. His expo “RETROspective” at the Known gallery on Fairfax was the perfect occasion to ask Andre a few questions. His answers might come as a surprise for some.

Be Street: Over 3000 pairs gathered in 16 years… Do you remember the day it all started?

Andre: Wow 16 years… I can’t be that old now, right? Yes I remember the day crystal clear. Honestly I was always into shoes, we borrowed each others shoes when we were in elementary and middle school so we could wear more than just our own. We would try to get different colors of models. Never in a million years did the idea of keeping pairs brand new (deadstock) ever cross my mind during my teenage years. After the AJ 14’s came out, I was out at college and didn’t care for them as much. The white/red were cool but I felt they didn’t have enough red on them and feeling the new Jordans after that would never be the same, I just stuck to other styles and the pairs I still had from before. Then one day, I came back from a trip to Europe to visit the family in Croatia late ’99, my boy Jae told me he was at the mall and the Jordan 5 were coming back out again and I was immediately back on again, that damn pair I gave up for the first Reebok Pump, I could finally get it and the white/fire reds! Went over to a local shop I always shopped at since I was a kid and they had the retro card for the AJ 4s showing me the 5s coming and then I asked wait… this is a IV card? Where’s the IVs then? And that’s where it started… while I was out in Europe, the IVs dropped, I needed both especially the white/cement… me and my dude scoured everywhere: Mom & Pops, malls, swap meets from Compton to San Diego… couldn’t find a damn size 10 anywhere… other sizes but not mine and that’s where I found eBay, Nikepark, Niketalk… and the rest is history.

To read the full interview please visit www.be-street.com

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VANS SYNDICATE / THESE DAYS opens November 20, 2015 at Known Gallery

November 17 2015 . 11:53pm

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VANS SYNDICATE / THESE DAYS
Opening reception: November 20, 2015 | 7-10p

Vans Syndicate celebrates its 10-year anniversary this Friday, November 20, with a retrospective installation at the renowned Known Gallery in Los Angeles featuring artwork, collectibles and special projects with collaborators from a decade of design.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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TECH LIFE: 15 YEARS OF INCASE COLLABORATIONS

November 09 2015 . 02:14am

Incase creates products to protect the technology that is essential to our lives. Designed to meet the needs of individuals across all interests, professions and passions, Incase products promote design simplicity while offering intuitive functionality and increased mobility for an enhanced user experience.

Find out more at: agendaemerge.com

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DABS MYLA WITH MODERNICA “BEFORE AND FURTHER” @ MODERNICA FACTORY, LOS ANGELES

September 26 2015 . 08:39pm

Artist duo DABSMYLA presents Before and Further, a 4,000 square foot installation takeover of a stand-alone 1930 built Spanish Revival workplace building, located on the Modernica factory property. DABSMYLA have fully transformed its interior and exterior with their newest paintings, sculptures, installations and exclusive furnishings from limited-edition fiberglass shell chairs and hand painted ceramics to custom-built lighting installations, all designed and created exclusively for their collaboration with Modernica utilizing the factory’s extensive technical capabilities.

The already rich history of this building and Modernica create a fitting compliment for DABSMYLA’s spectacular experience. This long awaited solo show will be the follow up to their tremendous work in designing the logo and set of the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. This exhibition closes their already very busy year, which includes an enormous private showcase in New York City and having painted numerous murals worldwide.
Before and Further is inspired by the individual life experiences of DABSMYLA – experiences that ultimately resulted in bringing the two artists together and explores their mystical union and shared balance of love, creativity, friendship and sexuality. The significance of two becoming one is most essential to DABSMYLA, in their work and more importantly in their role as husband and wife. Their artistic singularity is evident though the distinguished back-and- forth process of painting they equally share. Before and Further recalls their unseenjourney of experience, the shared creative energy they’ve embraced and their cosmic consciousness of togetherness. This installation exemplifies DABSMYLA’s adventures in modern living and artistic partnershipwith a bit of psychedelic experimentation.

Dabs Myla with Modernica
Before and Further
October 18—November 15, 2015
2901 Saco Street
Los Angeles, CA

All photography by Kingston Photography
Source: juxtapoz.com

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Photo Recap of the INCASE x Kelly Slater Installation @ Known Gallery

August 27 2015 . 01:48am


Recap shots of the recent Incase x Kelly Slater collaboration with photo exhibition entitled, “OPEN SEE” by photographer Todd Glaser. The show shares various moments of Kelly in the Winter of 2014 in North Shore, Hawaii featuring artist Kevin Ancell

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