Back when I had zero jobs, I looked up to guys who had multiple jobs. Guys who did things they didn’t have to do because they wanted to take things a step further. First it was BMXers like Brian Castillo who worked a design job and rode bikes for fun, even though he rode at a pro level and got paid for it. In ’97 I found Dyrdek fascinating because he was so into investing, music and entrepreneurship outside of skateboarding. Then it was rappers who also sold drugs, then James Franco acting in multiple movies while writing, making art and going to school full time; then Alexander Wang Creative Directing Balenciaga while running his own brand.
Caesy Oney is one such busy person. He’s got a dream job at Nike and owns his own brands, Draught Dry Goods and Odd Fellow Company. Through hard work and relentless curiosity, he’s put himself in a position of freedom to create as he pleases without compromise, surrounding himself with the people and things that make him happy.
I asked him what compelled him into this position, and he said “It’s important for me to be always working from an uncomfortable place creatively, and to hold myself to high standards. Complacent designers are boring and lazy.”
Below are a lot more questions and answers with Caesy, and photos of the beautiful products he creates.
Our boys out of France are back with another Frenchy’s Meeting. Frenchy’s is a distro out of France (duh) and they make it a habit to get their team out there and record the action. Sit back and watch Nico Badet, Joris Coulomb, Matthias Dandois, Maxime Charveron, Alex Valentino, Adrien Lecomte, Anthony Perrin, John Garcia and Ben Gea do their thing.
In addition, Lilian Conry was nice enough to contribute some photos from the trip:
It’s been 4 years since we have a crew meeting every summer. The idea was to spend great time together because we are really good buddies in life. Every trip, every year, the atmosphere is awesome, It’s a hell of a week, it became a meeting that we all expect.
This is also an opportunity to shoot pics for our new catalog and edit a video. This year we decided to make the trip in the north east of France. Where I was born and raised! Matthias Dandois, Max Charveron, Alex Valentino, Nicolas Badet, Anthony Perrin, Adrien Lecomte, Ben Gea, John Garcia and Joris Coulomb have well exploited the area. A mix of street, park, trail, cow, meadow and haystack!
I shot these pictures with my old dad’s film camera… A Nikkormat.
As David Bowie would say, Ch ch ch ch changes! Go read a back issue.
Sounding like Cam of old. I could picture this in a riding video for sure.
Federal Reserve EP … Coming 2014.
At one point in my life I had some sweet perforated Maroon slip on Vans. The perforation was square (as opposed to round), quite larger than normal perf and ran the whole length of the top. This was all fine and good and allowed for nicely ventilated cool feets, but also allowed for wet ones as well when I got caught in the rain in them one day. Nobody likes a soggy foot.
What does that have to do with these shoes I’m posting here? Not much, other than these will repel water instead of invite it in.
Vault by Vans prepares for the wet weather of early spring by introducing Vansguard® with new colorways of the OG Old Skool LX. Available in Kelp, Red and True Blue hues, Vans’ original Sidestriped low-top is treated with Vansguard® to repel water, grime and moisture from its surfaces. Outdoor styling cues influence the assortment as tonal twill uppers, corduroy tongue panels and tartan plaid accents tie back to the classic Harrington jacket while braided rope laces and reverse waffle outsole traction reference the hiking boot aesthetic. The Vansguard® editions of the OG Old Skool LX arrive this February at select Vault by Vans retailers.
Glad to see this today. Classic, clean and smooth riding. Take notes.
Looking at this when its about -20 here in Chicago…is just downright depressing, but goddamn this place looks amazing. Someone better get some bikes in there. Gorgeous set ups
Hit the jump for a better look at this place.