January is here, and with it, another Agenda Show has arrived.
While walking the floor, we couldn’t help but look at some of the smaller brands that are putting out some of the most innovative product, as well as what staple brands are continuing to do as they move into the New Year.
They say it’s a lucky number, so here are the top seven brands that caught our eye this time around.
State Footwear x Magenta Skateboards collaboration
State Footwear has been steadily gaining momentum as it continues into its sophomore year in the skate world. In the wake of the success of the recent The Killing Floor collaboration, State has partnered with European powerhouse Magenta Skateboards for a collaboration.
The collaboration brings to the table three colorways (tan, navy, and maroon) for its Albany model. These will definitely draw some attention, as well as the company’s new take on the Chelsea boot craze this Fall.
Lakai Limited Footwear’s Riley 2 x Motörhead
With Tony Hawk added to the Lakai team at the end of 2017, it seems only fitting that the brand is keeping things going by dropping a second pro model for prodigy son, Riley Hawk.
And what better finishing touch to add to a second pro model then a collaboration with the heaviest of rock bands, Motörhead.
The Riley 2 x Motörhead feature two colors, each with Motörhead detailing on the tongue and heel. Keep an eye out for the Jovante Turner colorway of the Cambridge that is sure to be a must have.
Hotshot Handles x Grizzly collab
Worried about your friend's thumb getting in front of the camera while he's filming you on your phone? Don't trust him to hold your phone by the edges? Fear not, Hotshot Handles has you covered.
The brand is putting all these worries at ease, giving you the tools to film with professional quality, i.e. no more thumbs or shakes. While it comes in a variety of colors, the best is the Grizzly Griptape collab handles. These handles are all hand-dipped, meaning that each one is unique in its look.
Fairdale Bikes Skateboard Bike Rack
Fairdale Bikes has been making their skateboard rack for a while now but over the past year, its finally been brought to the mainstream.
This skateboard rack is the only one of its kind on the market and the best at that. The rack sits perfectly of your rear rack with plenty of heel clearance which means no more holding your board over the handle bars or backpacks needed. Now you can start biking to the park or skate spot in style, just like Nora Vasconcellos.
Launching this past Fall, Lovesick Skateboards is growing steadily as one of the most popular new board brands on the market. From the mind of master lensman Alex Lewandowski comes one of the heavier art driven brands that made one of the best political boards of 2017.
The new product line includes the brand’s first round of pro boards from legend Justin Strubing and underground favorite Mark Gutterman.
Levi's Skateboarding Taxi Driver Collection
While it may be 2018, Levi's Skateboarding is bringing you back to the ’70s with their “Taxi Driver”-inspired collection.
Pulling from the iconic and influential movie, the Fall/Winter collection is made up of an array of pieces from graphic tees and plaids, to pin stripes and much more. Additionally, all of their denim pants are woven with CORDURA fiber, which is meant to enhance durability and abrasion resistance, making them potentially the last bottoms you'll ever need to buy.
Dickies Skateboarding’s Double Knee Chino
The chino of choice amongst skateboarders, Dickies introduced its newest addition to the skate line: The Double Knee Chino.
We are guessing this will be one of the most recognizable pants of 2018 and onward. While the double knee feature might seem like its for looks, these bad boys are nearly indestructible as they are reinforced by a second layer of fabric.
The Double Knee pants will be available as part of the '67 Collection in both regular and straight fit. Say so long to knee blowouts and hello to chinos that you'll be sliding into in 2019 and beyond.
For even more skate gear highlights, check out what our friends at TransWorld SKATE saw at the show.
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