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Benjamin Jeanjean | True Stories

Since his acclaimed "True Stories" (2016) showcase at Adhocpad Gallery in Vienna, Austria, artist Benjamin Jeanjean "True Stories" exhibition has now become a long-term project for the ANP Artist and a new philanthropic focus for RVCA. Inspired by True Stories, RVCA created a clothing collection to celebrate Jeanjean's art, his book and the catalyst it's become in raising awareness for refugees. The True Stories collection has become a vehicle that is now supporting non-profits helping refugees from war-torn countries. Proceeds from this collection will be donated to a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly in aiding refugees around the globe.

True Stories:

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by ANP Artist, Benjamin Jeanjean

"This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from. I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES. Let yourself get dragged into their struggle. it is also our struggle for life." - Benjamin Jeanjean

ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

More on Jeanjean and his art:

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refugees during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


Birdwell X RVCA V2

RVCA joins forces with Birdwell for their second limited collection of classic beachwear, blending the creativity and artistic expression of two American-apparel pioneers. RVCA founder, PM Tenore, and Birdwell creative director, Natas Kaupas, worked to design a line that is true to both brands’ vision and aesthetic. The merging of ideas from two great creative minds gives way to a timeless collaboration.

This updated collection takes inspiration from race cars and fighter planes, the highlight piece of the collection is the Warbird 18 Trunk. Only 250 of these trunks were made — logos, trims and patterns were a mash up of ideas that resulted in a special trunk, like no other. They are hand-signed and numbered by Tenore and Kaupas.

The rest of the collection takes prints and branding from the Warbird 18 trunk with a more subtle approach to build out a well-rounded line that will attract any surf or style enthusiast. The collection will be available at specialty surf retailers starting on April 1st and at RVCA.COM. The collection will also be showcased at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica on April 12th, 2018 at their “Festival Styling” event.


RVCA Neutral | Mark Oblow

RVCA Advocate Mark Oblow recently photographed Mahina Alexander, Ethan Tenore, and Malakai Montes here at the RVCA HQ in our new RVCA Neutral Collection. Check out the photos from around the headquarters below.

About the Neutral Collection:

N A TIME WHEN LINES ARE MORE BLURRED THAN EVER AND THE NEED TO BE DEFINED AS EITHER MALE OR FEMALE IS DISSIPATING, WE ARE INSPIRED TO EXPLORE THE IDEA OF THE UNDEFINED. CLOTHING IS USED AS A FORM OF SELF-EXPRESSION, WITH THIS COLLECTION WE INTEND TO BRIDGE THE GAP AND PROVIDE A NEUTRAL PLATFORM FOR PEOPLE TO DO JUST THAT.
WE HAVE TAKEN A MINIMALISTIC APPROACH, WITH COMFORT AND WEARABILITY AT THE FOREFRONT. USING SOFT HAND FABRICS, HEAVY LAUNDERING AND INDIGO DYES TO CREATE WORN IN TIMELESS PIECES. WITH SUBTLE HINTS OF WORKWEAR AND UTILITARIAN STYLING, EACH PIECE IS DESIGNED FOR VERSATILITY, TO LOOK GOOD AND WEAR WELL ON ANYONE AND ALLOW THE WEARER TO STYLE THEIR OWN WAY.



RVCA Red Stitch

RVCA’s Red Stitch, found on the shoulder seams of our premium ‘Vintage Wash’ and ‘Vintage Dye’ tees has been a RVCA Original since the garage stages of the brand. The soft hand feel and trademarked red stitching, paired with a custom fit and forward-thinking graphics from the Artist Network Program set an industry standard for the t-shirt. With the RVCA tee today, we continue to seek new qualities and strive to maintain the best soft tee in the market. We are glad to bring you this season’s Red Stitch tees, a heritage product with a custom fit and feel.


Sunday Collection | Fall '16 Lookbook

Inspired by lazy Sundays, the comfort of our beds, and laid back brunches. We hope you enjoy our Sunday Collection lookbook for Fall '16. Featuring Yvonne Logan photographed by Olivia Malone in the hills of Los Angeles.



No Wave Compilation

The RVCA No Wave Compilation is just that : a collection influenced around our more abstract surf advocates. Focused on less typical surf apparel, it aims to capture the raw grit of the 90's grunge era of music and culture. Featuring bleached denim, battered knits and tied together with a drip of psychedelia, this compilation will look right at home on th floor of your closet.


RVCA Womens | Spring '16 Swim Lookbook

With looks to kill and an attitude to match, 'Tropic Doom' explores your darker side. A craving for danger and thrills takes you into unexplored territories where only the tough will survive. This collection includes moody colors and prints with daring silhouettes making for a potent combination of devilishly sexy styles. Photography by Taryn Anderson.


Sunday Collection | Spring '16 Lookbook

There's only one legitimate way of spending a Sunday. Sleep in late, a hot cup of coffee on the balcony, a late brunch with friends, maybe a little walk around the neighborhood or to the farmers market, and extreme levels of chilling out. Sundays are about the perfect, no frills, layering pieces meant to be worn under the most simple of dresses or by themselves for a mellow day. Soft fabrics, sexy tomboy styling, and relaxed fits will make you wish that there was a day between Saturday and Sunday. Introducing the RVCA Womens Sunday Collection for Spring '16.

Models: Yvonne Logan and Felix Burnett. Photographer: Taryn Anderson.


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