VANS NABS ANTHONY VAN ENGELEN AND JOHNNY LAYTON FOR APPAREL
Vans announced today that Anthony Van Engelen and Johnny Layton, each already riding for Vans shoes, are the first two skaters to sign Vans apparel deals. AVE, whose first Vans shoe, the AV Era, hits stores July 1, has ridden for Vans since last October, while Layton has been with Vans for more than two years, dating back to his am days. While AVE and Johnny are wearing Vans threads right now, look for signature product from these guys in Fall 2007.
Vans, long known as the original skate shoe maker, is diving deeper into the apparel game with a wide selection of denim, knit and woven shirts, jackets, hoodies, pants and accessories such as hats, belts, backpacks and wallets to go along with tons of tees.
Van Engelen, a skater with a rare combination of strength and style, grew up skating in his native San Diego and went pro in 1999 at the age of 21 with his board sponsor, Alien Workshop. In addition to Vans, Anthony is also supported by Spitfire and Royal Trucks.
Layton, from Murrieta, CA, just went pro with Toy Machine at the end of 2005. Johnny is also sponsored by Ricta wheels, Thunder trucks and Active boardshop.
The Vans skate team also includes Geoff Rowley, Tony Trujillo, John Cardiel, Dustin Dollin, Ethan Fowler, Bucky Lasek, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Ray Barbee, Omar Hassan, Danny Wainwright, Scott Kane, Flo Marfaing and ams Danny Cerezini, Raymond Molinar, Van Wastell, Andrew Allen, Dylan Rieder, Chima Ferguson, Keegan Sauder, Jon Goemann and Angel Ramirez.