Now I’m not one to follow London’s Fashion Week and to be honest I only realised it was happening this week because the House of Vans in London have been screening classic fashion films in honour of the week long celebrations. If you’re not familiar with the House of Vans, located in the arches of Waterloo then it’s time to get acquainted – as a brand that prides itself on nurturing creativity and culture it’s not surprising that Vans have built these ‘houses’ in some of the world’s most exciting cities such as Brooklyn, Berlin and Hong Kong. With London being its newest addition to the family its brought with it a fresh take on the arts and offered a community driven space that is so rare in this busy, business driven capital. They offer free Skate and BMX sessions in their indoor skate park, free film screenings, an art gallery and even offer free gigs now and again; most recently Imagine Dragons played a free show for fans on Wednesday 12th February. It’s clear that having public spaces such as this one that offer all kinds of art and creative outlets that are available to a large range of audiences is something that is desperately needed in a city that often alienates those who cannot afford to take part.

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By screening free Fashion Classics this week Vans are blowing open the idea that London Fashion Week is to be enjoyed and celebrated only by those with enough capital and lucky enough to be invited. They kicked off their movie tribute with Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Wednesday, followed by Bill Cunningham New York yesterday. If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow night head to the House of Vans where they will be showing La Dolce Vita, but Sunday will be a more light-hearted way to end the week with Zoolander. They’re constantly offering something new and exciting, so by following them on their Facebook and Instagram @houseofvansldn it’s a great way to hear what they’ve got going on first and bag yourself a spot!



Don’t be put off by the stigma that surrounds skating these days, you can be sure that this is a space for everybody complete with a friendly community feel and exciting exhibitions, you can even grab a bite to eat in their in-house cafe. So whether or not you were planning on venturing out at the weekend, if you do the House of Vans family will be more than happy to welcome you and I’m sure it’ll soon become you’re new favourite haunt that you can’t help but tell people about!

By Talia Maguire

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Talia has a keen interest in all aspects of media; you’ll find her writing about anything from feminist issues, alternative fashion trends and the hottest films and television programmes of our time. She’s our resident vegetarian who isn’t scared to take a bite out of trending topics and get to the bones of it all. Talia loves photography, caffeine and baking, but you’ll also find her on our Semple Magazine photoshoots filming behind the scenes. And if you’re ever in need of a funny viral video to get you through your working week, she’s your girl!

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