40oz Van has made a cool transition from late night NSFW connoisseur to fashion icon, and as with any move, it wasn’t all dandy in terms of the shifting in focus. In a brand new yet insightful chit-chat with Jay-Z’s Life + Times, 40oz Van opens up about how he slickly blew up from Tumblr god to, um, fashion god with his renowned hats, in which tons of celebs have taken a liking to.
On the origin of his name:
“The “Van” part was because I use to wear a lot of Vans when I was younger, so the “Van” was always there,” the designer said.
On whether he really declares himself a “designer”:
“I don’t claim to be a designer. It’s not my passion. It’s just something that I was nice at. It was an idea in my head and I just ran with it,” Van said.
On reactions to his line of hats and collaborations:
But with this whole street-wear fused with the high-end shit there’s people doing the same thing we’re doing, so it’s only right to collaborate with everybody else in the same field or that same bracket,” Van said.