After spending a proper spring break in Barbados, I’m sitting here sun burnt, looking like a lobster, and deep in the post-vacation feels. But there is a silver lining and the story begins like this:
Early Monday morning at JFK in route to Barbados, I was listlessly carrying on through security in my treasured Engineered Garments x Vans. With the slip-ons, I figured why not flex that airport fit while having the luxury to slide through security with ease (both literally and figuratively). I’m almost clear of security when I hear a loud, crescendoing, “DAAAAMN, DANIEL”. I turn around to face a snickering TSA agent eyeballing my EG Vans. I then proceed to explain the subtle but important difference between my Vans and Damn Daniel’s Zumiez slip-ons — this is a procedure I go through at least once a week.
One rough spring break later, I realized I had destroyed my EG Vans swimming at the beach by day and dancing to Rihanna’s “Work” by night. Devastated by the irreparable damage and the sold-out limited production shoe, I was inconsolable. But New York has been good to me. Coincidentally on the same day of the official spring season, Nepenthes NY announced a special release of ENGINEERED GARMENTS x VANS Spring 2016. Flying in to JFK on a red-eye, I went straight for the legendary Garment District Nepenthes store and picked up two pairs of Not Damn Daniels before crawling home and falling into a deep, content slumber.
Like the last release, the sneakers have an asymmetrical left and right shoe comprising of mismatched suede and finished leather. The collection includes a reiteration of the True White colorway along with new Black, Navy and Moon Rock OG Classic Slip-On colors. The collection added a new model of OG SK8-Hi LX in True White, Black and Navy. The collection released exclusively at Nepenthes New York and is available for online order as of today, March 21st. Check out more details at Nepenthes here.
I know I didn’t catch Rihanna this spring break. But I’ll be back for Barbados, if only briefly. And when I do meet RiRi, I’ll be sure to tell her all about my Not Damn Daniels.