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UPDATE: Will Levi’s Take a Deeper Dive Into Skateboarding in 2019?

Levi’s has had a healthy skate program for over five years nows. But it has remained relatively low-key compared to other entities of its size within our space. This report published by CNBC a little over a week ago has us thinking that the brand may be poised to take a deeper dive into skateboarding after going public later this year.

The reason for the conjecture has to do with the weight that Levi’s places on cultural relevance. At the 9:53 mark, CEO Charles V. Bergh breaks it down as follows:

This Brand is at its best when we’re at the center of culture. We were there when the Berlin Wall fell down. We were there through the riots of the ‘60s and ‘70s. So we’ve put the brand back at the center of culture.

With skateboarding trending in Hollywood in 2018, continuing to influence music and fashion, and set to make its Olympic debut in 2020, now seems like an ideal time for the denim giant to make a bigger investment into its fledgling skate program. Watch CNBC’s report above for more background on Levi’s rich history.

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UPDATE 02.14.19: Levi’s released a press release yesterday announcing that it has filed its registration for initial public offering. Once approved, the brand’s stock will be publicly traded, which will increase its capital. We’ll be keeping an eye out see what, if any, impact this has on its skate program.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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DC Shoes Drops Andy Warhol Collection

DC Shoes just released its WARHOL X DC: COLLISIONS in honor of Andy Warhol, one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

In collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, DC created four themed capsules under the collection namely: Strength and Fragility, Life and Death, Saint & Sinners, and War & Peace.

You can browse the collection here.

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Independent Trucks Welcomes Leticia Bufoni to their Team

Leticia Bufoni is Independent Trucks’ newest team rider. The six-time X Games gold medalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil began competing at the age of 14 (2007 X Games) and moved to the United State since.

She turned pro in 2017 with Plan B Skateboards. She competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics representing Brazil.

She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in International Sports by Forbes Magazine in 2018. She also made it to Forbes Brazil’s “Under 30” list.

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