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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Willie Toledo | Primitive Glamour at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery

November 17 2015 . 11:50pm

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Willie Toledo | Primitive Glamour 

On view: November 7, 2015 – December 5, 2015

The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90036

Online Gallery
gallery.theseventhletter.com

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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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Last weekend of PUSH – Remember to Forget at Known Gallery

July 24 2015 . 12:04am

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PUSH / REMEMBER TO FORGET

Hours during shows:
Wednesday thru Saturday: 12 – 7pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm
310.860.6263

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Catalog available at: knowngallery.com//Catalogs

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PUSH / REMEMBER TO FORGET opens July 11, 2015 at Known Gallery, Los Angeles

July 02 2015 . 10:09am

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PUSH / REMEMBER TO FORGET
Opening reception: July 11, 2015 | 7-10p
On view: July 11-26, 2015

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com
Catalog available at: knowngallery.com//Catalogs

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