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WHERE LOVE
IS ILLEGAL

Vans Europe will partner with Where Love is Illegal, a project by Witness Change, that shares personal testimonials of survival from the LGBTQ+ community to help connect people, transform opinions and support real change.

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LOCATION

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday 12am - 6pm

ADDRESS

5/7, Neal St, Covent Garden,
London WC2H 9PU, United Kingdom

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ABOUT

The Vans Boutique store brings together a unique showcase of premium products and experiences from a beautiful location in the heart of London’s Covent Garden.Steeped in history and culture, the area acts as the perfect back drop for the most pinnacle representation of our brand in Europe which will include a fully programmed activation space, supporting some of the most exciting up and coming artists and creatives connected to the city.

Vans stands for Pride and aims to support Pride Communities​. Because bigotry thrives where we are silenced by fear, we will partner with Where Love is Illegal and create a space within our Covent Garden store for consumers to experience queer stories of discrimination and survival. Visit our Covent Garden’s location for a showcase of selected Pride portraits and stories.​ By featuring these 6 stories of survival from the LGBTQI+ community, we hope to create greater visibility and fight the stigma that silences so many people. Their images will bring the Pride story alive in a meaningful and authentic way. Don’t miss the online panel talk appointments, hosted by Witness Change founder & National Geographic photographer Robin Hammond and Alaa Saleh, a LGBTQI+ refugee, live from the store on IG account

EVENTS

UPCOMINGPAST
29 April

CREATE A DRIED FLOWER ORNAMENT AT HOME WITH FLUORESSE

Fluoresse shows us how to create a dried flower ornament in her iconic vibrant style to decorate your home or use as a centrepiece using traditional materials such as a Japanese flower pin holder.

Fluoresse shows us how to create a dried flower ornament in her iconic vibrant style to decorate your home or use as a centrepiece using traditional materials such as a Japanese flower pin holder.read less

FLUORESSE X VANS COVENT GARDEN

05 May

CREATE SCENTED HEALTHY HAIR POMADE AT HOME WITH TEDDY LEUNG

Teddy Leung designs and tailors scents specific to events, but in lockdown has been using it at home to create safe to use DIY hair products. In this video he shows us how to create your own fragranced healthy hair pomade at home using natural ingredients.

Teddy Leung designs and tailors scents specific to events, but in lockdown has been using it at home to create safe to use DIY hair products. In this video he shows us how to create your own fragranced healthy hair pomade at home using natural ingredients.read less

FLUORESSE X VANS COVENT GARDEN

10 May

LIVE TALK FROM COVENT GARDEN STORE WITH FLORAL STUDIO FLUORESSE AND SET DESIGNER RANYA EL-REFAEY

Founder of floral studio Fluoresse has a live conversation with set designer Ranya El-Refaey about the installation Fluoresse has created in the Vans Covent Garden basement. Expect topics such as how they use flowers creatively and expressively in their work, tips and tricks from their years of experience, past mishaps and mistakes, and their predi... read more

Founder of floral studio Fluoresse has a live conversation with set designer Ranya El-Refaey about the installation Fluoresse has created in the Vans Covent Garden basement. Expect topics such as how they use flowers creatively and expressively in their work, tips and tricks from their years of experience, past mishaps and mistakes, and their predictions for the future of flowers. Watch on @fluoresse___read less

FLUORESSE X VANS COVENT GARDEN

12 May

DRIED FLOWER BOUQUET GREETING CARDS WITH FLUORESSE

Fluoresse walks us through how to up your greeting card game through creating your own at home. Using simple materials such as coloured card, dried flowers and ribbon she shows us how you can create something really special to send to friends and family.

Fluoresse walks us through how to up your greeting card game through creating your own at home. Using simple materials such as coloured card, dried flowers and ribbon she shows us how you can create something really special to send to friends and family.read less

FLUORESSE X VANS COVENT GARDEN

23 March

THE CINEMATOGRAPHER AND PRODUCTION DESIGNER COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH BEATRIZ SASTRE & lucy COOPER

To kick off their residency, GiF will host a conversation between award winning Cinematographer Beatriz Sastre @beatriz_sastre and multifaceted Production Designer / Art Director Lucy Cooper @lucycooperlucy o... read more

To kick off their residency, GiF will host a conversation between award winning Cinematographer Beatriz Sastre @beatriz_sastre and multifaceted Production Designer / Art Director Lucy Cooper @lucycooperlucy over on Instagram Live @girlsinfilm_gif giving an insight into the cinematographer and production designer collaborative relationship.read less

GIF X VANS COVENT GARDEN - IG LIVE

30 March

INTO THE CGI VOID WITH SIFAGÜL KESSER

Şıfagül kesser @sxfagul is a CGI and Motion Artist from London whose work can be found across music videos and fashion brands, including our 'Make it Special' festive campaign. Her style of graphics are desperately sought over at the moment, so this online workshop will be available ov... read more

Şıfagül kesser @sxfagul is a CGI and Motion Artist from London whose work can be found across music videos and fashion brands, including our 'Make it Special' festive campaign. Her style of graphics are desperately sought over at the moment, so this online workshop will be available over on @girlsinfilm_gif IGTV to offer people at home the chance to have a go at creating their own. şifagül kesser @sxfagulread less

GIF X VANS COVENT GARDEN - MASTERCLASS IG LIVE

6 April

CONVERSATION IN THE WRITING ROOM WITH NOSA EKE AND PRODUCER HOLLY CARINGTON

GiF will be joined on Instagram Live @girlsinfilm_gif by inspiring up and coming director Nosa Eke @nosaferatu and expert producer Holly Carington, where they will do a deep dive into their processes, tips and t... read more

GiF will be joined on Instagram Live @girlsinfilm_gif by inspiring up and coming director Nosa Eke @nosaferatu and expert producer Holly Carington, where they will do a deep dive into their processes, tips and tricks for creating magic in the writing room. Writer/Director : Nosa Eke @nosaferatu Producer : Holly Carington @hollymcarringtonread less

GIF X VANS COVENT GARDEN - IG LIVE

11 April

IN THE KIT ROOM WITH KEZ QUARCOO, A CAMERA WORKSHOP FOR SELF-SHOOTING DIRECTORS

Keziah Quarcoo @keziahquarcoo has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to create campaigns with heart. Learning to film can feel inaccessible for those that cannot afford a course, so in this IGTV workshop @girlsinfilm_gif Keziah will give a beginner’s guide on gettin... read more

Keziah Quarcoo @keziahquarcoo has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands to create campaigns with heart. Learning to film can feel inaccessible for those that cannot afford a course, so in this IGTV workshop @girlsinfilm_gif Keziah will give a beginner’s guide on getting to grips with a film camera so you can start learning at home.Director/Photographer : Kez Quarcoo @keziahquarcooread less

GIF X VANS COVENT GARDEN - IGTV WORKSHOP + Q&A

15 - 28 OCTOBER

Liisa Chisholm is a London based creative who was born and raised at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Her playful work spans textile design, ceramics, illustration, and animation - she is constantly exploring new methods of sharing her colours and patterns with the world.

Liisa Chisholm is a London based creative who was born and raised at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. Her playful work spans textile design, ceramics, illustration, and animation - she is constantly exploring new methods of sharing her colours and patterns with the world.read less

BASEMENT TAKEOVER FREE

29 OCTOBER

“I am an Illustrator, guest lecturer and freelance Workshop Facilitator currently based in the South East. I enjoy making work focused on social commentary and making illustration interactive. I also really enjoy exploring the idea of art and education, and how the former informs the latter.”

“I am an Illustrator, guest lecturer and freelance Workshop Facilitator currently based in the South East. I enjoy making work focused on social commentary and making illustration interactive. I also really enjoy exploring the idea of art and education, and how the former informs the latter.”read less

BASEMENT TAKEOVER FREE

7 - 12 SEPTEMBER

EARLY HAPPINESS BY SIRUS F GAHAN

Sirus is filmmaker, photographer and artist who over the past 5 years has been responsible for producing a lot of Vans Europe’s skate videos (Lost Lover, Arms Wide Open), imprinting his distinctive style on the films made. Whilst working on shoots around the world Sirus is always equipped with an analogue stills camera, capturing the moments in bet... read more

Sirus is filmmaker, photographer and artist who over the past 5 years has been responsible for producing a lot of Vans Europe’s skate videos (Lost Lover, Arms Wide Open), imprinting his distinctive style on the films made. Whilst working on shoots around the world Sirus is always equipped with an analogue stills camera, capturing the moments in between, and working on extensive photo projects, leaving him with a vast archive of celluloid images from his experiences. A small selection of this work will be shown in this exhibition “Earthly Happiness”. The title stems from the idea of stripping back life’s activities to focus on those that create pure happiness in the self, as skateboarding, friends and photography do for Sirus.read less

EXHIBITION 12:00 - 18:00 FREE

17 - 23 FEBRUARY

EXHIBITION

Liisa Chisholm is a London based creative and skateboarder who originally hails from Calgary (Canada). Her playful work spans textile design, ce... read more

Liisa Chisholm is a London based creative and skateboarder who originally hails from Calgary (Canada). Her playful work spans textile design, ceramics, illustration, and animation - she is constantly exploring new methods of sharing her colours and patterns with the world. Liisa will be taking over the downstairs space from 17th - 23rd February as a live studio with an exhibition of her latest work.read less

22 FEBRUARY

WORKSHOP 12:00 - 15:00 FREE

TOTE BAG CUSTOMISATION

On Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to customise your Vans Covent Garden tote bag with designs by Liisa. Using paint, stencils, and event exclusive... read more

On Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to customise your Vans Covent Garden tote bag with designs by Liisa. Using paint, stencils, and event exclusive illustrated transfers, Liisa will be on hand to help you create a unique tote bag to take home for free.read less

25 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH

EXHIBITION

Hatton Labs is a contemporary jewellery brand steeped in the history of Hatton Gardens. Born from a love of the traditional trade, the brand utilises pioneeri... read more

Hatton Labs is a contemporary jewellery brand steeped in the history of Hatton Gardens. Born from a love of the traditional trade, the brand utilises pioneering design and 3D printing technologies to create quality pieces in Europe’s most prestigious jewellery district. Hatton Labs are continually inspired by the style of those in London's creative scene. As such, they always aim to offer cutting edge, relevant products that empowers the individual to embellish and express themselves, all while paying homage to the Gardens rich past. From 25th February - 6th March Hatton Labs will be running a showcase and pop-up in the basement of Vans Covent Garden.read less

27 FEBRUARY

EVENT 18:00 - 22:00 FREE

HATTON LABS X VANS LAUNCH PARTY

For the first time, Hatton Labs will be opening a public London showroom as part of their Vans Covent Garden downstairs residency. As each piece is ha... read more

For the first time, Hatton Labs will be opening a public London showroom as part of their Vans Covent Garden downstairs residency. As each piece is handcrafted in Hatton Garden, there will be a full collection on showcase to try and order. There will also be select pieces to purchase and a limited zine run of their story so far.
To celebrate their residency, Hatton Labs will be hosting a launch party on February 27th from 18:00-22:00, with the help of Bone Soda’s Tommy Gold. Taking influence from streetwear culture and their British origins, they are paving the way in handcrafted pendants, chains, and rings. Offering unique pieces for people who care about design. They have been seen around the necks, wrists, and fingers of Octavian, Sonny Hall, Ari Lennox, Iris Law, Elias Riadi, Bakar and Mabel to name but a few.read less

16 - 29 MARCH

EXHIBITION

Teejerker provides carefully curated vintage band and concert t shirts, for fans and collectors alike, sourced globally and curated in London. Teejerker will cu... read more

Teejerker provides carefully curated vintage band and concert t shirts, for fans and collectors alike, sourced globally and curated in London. Teejerker will curate an exhibition of rare band T-shirts from their archive, displayed in the Covent Garden basement from 16th - 29th March.read less

26 MARCH

WORKSHOP 18:00 - 20:00 FREE

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TEEJERKER SCREEN PRINTING

Teejerker will curate an exhibition of rare band T-shirts from their archive, displayed in the Covent Garden basement for two weeks. 100 exclusive ban... read more

Teejerker will curate an exhibition of rare band T-shirts from their archive, displayed in the Covent Garden basement for two weeks. 100 exclusive band T-shirts will be available during the event as well as an additional 100 shirts globally sourced and curated especially for Vans. A public screen printing workshop using genuine vintage blanks T-shirts will give people the opportunity to create their own cross branded unique shirt to take home. To sign up, head to Teejerker’s Instagram and DM with your details.read less

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10 - 16 FEBRUARY

EXHIBITION

Mean Mail make greeting cards that tell the truth and this February, are bringing their Sorry I can’t be bothered: An Anti-Valentine’s Exhibition + Pop Shop t... read more

Mean Mail make greeting cards that tell the truth and this February, are bringing their Sorry I can’t be bothered: An Anti-Valentine’s Exhibition + Pop Shop to the basement of Vans Covent Garden. From 10th-16th February, you’ll be able to check out Mean Mail’s latest collection alongside an exhibition of their most truthful cards. Mean Mail will also be curating a series of events and workshops based around the theme of modern relationships.read less

12 FEBRUARY

WORKSHOP 18:00 - 20:00 £5

HOT FOIL WORKSHOP WITH MEAN MAIL

All Mean Mail cards are printed using a technique called hot foil embossing. Hot foiling is a printing process that uses heat and pressure in order to... read more

All Mean Mail cards are printed using a technique called hot foil embossing. Hot foiling is a printing process that uses heat and pressure in order to create a striking result. Join us on Wednesday 12th February for an introductory hot foil workshop with Vicky, the founder of Mean Mail. During this hands-on workshop we’ll cover how hot foiling works and how to operate the hot foil press correctly and safely. You’ll then be able to have a go at printing your own set of Mean Mail. The workshop is suitable for complete beginners and all materials will be provided. Refreshments are kindly provided by Most Wanted Wines and Dash Drinks.read less

1 - 8 FEBRUARY

EXHIBITION

The London Embroidery Studio has been designing, developing and producing innovative and bespoke hand and machine embroidery in... read more

The London Embroidery Studio has been designing, developing and producing innovative and bespoke hand and machine embroidery in East London since 2007. The studio will be taking over the downstairs space from 1st - 8th February. As part of this, and amongst other things, they’ll be exhibiting their work, giving live demonstrations of how their designs are created and holding workshops.read less

8 FEBRUARY

WORKSHOP 10:30 - 17:00 £5

HAND EMBROIDERY: TECHNIQUE & PLAY WORKSHOP

Aimed at absolute beginners and those wanting to brush up their skills, this class looks at a range of different hand stitches from a fundamental leve... read more

Aimed at absolute beginners and those wanting to brush up their skills, this class looks at a range of different hand stitches from a fundamental level, up to more complicated, decorative techniques. As well as learning how to do these stitches technically, you’ll be encouraged to play with them; experimenting with scale, yarn, colour, pattern and overlaying to create a fun and adventurous pallet of stitches that you can use at home or work to produce exciting embroideries for a multitude of purposes.
Hand embroidery is a highly portable, therapeutic and accessible process that requires very little investment yet can yield sumptuous, beautiful and expensive looking results. This Saturday class will start you off with technical basics and the fundamentals of how to use your new-found skills in a creative and fun way. You can bring in your own design, choose to make a dictionary of stitches for yourself or just freestyle it!read less

15 DECEMBER

HOLIDAY CUSTOMISATION

Customise your Vans this Christmas with artist, Harry McKenzie. Come and join us at the Vans Coven Garden Boutique on Sunday 15th December to have your Vans customised. Illustrator & tattoo artist Harry McKenzie will be in the store all afternoon to give your shoes a one-of-a-kind design for free. You can purchase a new pair Vans upstairs in the bo... read more

Customise your Vans this Christmas with artist, Harry McKenzie. Come and join us at the Vans Coven Garden Boutique on Sunday 15th December to have your Vans customised. Illustrator & tattoo artist Harry McKenzie will be in the store all afternoon to give your shoes a one-of-a-kind design for free. You can purchase a new pair Vans upstairs in the boutique store, or bring your own (nice and clean, please!). Get down for a great present for yourself OR the Vans and art fan in your life.read less

WORKSHOP 12:00 - 18:00 FREE

7 DECEMBER

UNITED FONT

In this graphic workshop each participant creates a letter that symbolises a universal langauge to them. Following this, we'll then string all the letters together to create a new universal typeface. Time allowing, everyone will then use the new typeface to create a set of posters with a love message to Europe.... read more

In this graphic workshop each participant creates a letter that symbolises a universal langauge to them. Following this, we'll then string all the letters together to create a new universal typeface. Time allowing, everyone will then use the new typeface to create a set of posters with a love message to Europe.read less

WORKSHOP 14:00 - 17:00 £10

26 NOVEMBER

EUROPEAN MEAL TICKET

3 courses, 3 speakers, a lively night out. In this instance, however, KK Outlet will serve up a tasting menu of a wider variety of European delicacies. Our artists will present their stories as partners, to mirror the theme of the exhibit.

3 courses, 3 speakers, a lively night out. In this instance, however, KK Outlet will serve up a tasting menu of a wider variety of European delicacies. Our artists will present their stories as partners, to mirror the theme of the exhibit.read less

MEAL 19:00 - 22:00 £35

23 NOVEMBER

UNITED FLAG

A flag making workshop where all participants learn how to design their own flag! Once complete, we'll sew all of the flags together to create the ultimate united flag.

A flag making workshop where all participants learn how to design their own flag! Once complete, we'll sew all of the flags together to create the ultimate united flag.read less

WORKSHOP 15:00 - 17:00 £20

22 OCTOBER

MEAL TICKET

Meal Ticket’s concept is very simple: 3 courses, 3 speakers, 1 big source of head and belly filling inspiration. Run by KK Outlet gallery for many years, Meal Ticket has always sought to pair up the best kitchens with the best artists. For Everyday Play, we are proud to welcome back the East London chefs from Rita’s who hosted for us on our very la... read more

Meal Ticket’s concept is very simple: 3 courses, 3 speakers, 1 big source of head and belly filling inspiration. Run by KK Outlet gallery for many years, Meal Ticket has always sought to pair up the best kitchens with the best artists. For Everyday Play, we are proud to welcome back the East London chefs from Rita’s who hosted for us on our very last Meal Ticket at our Hoxton gallery. And the artists? Harry Grundy, Daniel Eatock & Marloes Haarmans, who we’re lucky enough to have as part of the exhibition. Join us to hear about the method behind their making. Bon appétit!read less

MEAL 19:00 - 22:00 £35

13 OCTOBER

LOVENSKATE SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOP

Drop-in for a Love N Skate t-shirt screen printing, where you’ll be able to print your very own limited edition Vans x KK Outlet Everyday Play t-shirt design.

Drop-in for a Love N Skate t-shirt screen printing, where you’ll be able to print your very own limited edition Vans x KK Outlet Everyday Play t-shirt design.read less

WORKSHOP 13:00 - 16:00 FREE

12 OCTOBER

EVERYDAY PLAY COLLAGE WITH DR. ME WORKSHOP

Mancunian collage maestros DR. ME are inviting you to come and play with the everyday during a 2 hour collage workshop. The studio duo published the book Cut That Out – a collection of collage from the best designers in the world. They’ve also worked with The XX, Tate Modern and Stella McCartney. Now they’d like to work with you. Don't miss the opp... read more

Mancunian collage maestros DR. ME are inviting you to come and play with the everyday during a 2 hour collage workshop. The studio duo published the book Cut That Out – a collection of collage from the best designers in the world. They’ve also worked with The XX, Tate Modern and Stella McCartney. Now they’d like to work with you. Don't miss the opportunity to win your workshop free ticket available in store! only 6 available.. First come first served with any purchase! Only on Saturday October 12th.read less

WORKSHOP 16:00 - 18:00 £5

11 OCTOBER

VANS X KK OUTLET : EVERYDAY PLAY LAUNCH

Join us for the opening of the first Vans x KK Outlet basement takeover, Everyday Play. In this first of three shows from KK Outlet, eleven international artists and studios were asked: how can you make the common uncommon? Featuring artworks and installations inspired by everyday objects from Daniel Eatcock, Annegien van Doorn, Harry Grundy, We ma... read more

Join us for the opening of the first Vans x KK Outlet basement takeover, Everyday Play. In this first of three shows from KK Outlet, eleven international artists and studios were asked: how can you make the common uncommon? Featuring artworks and installations inspired by everyday objects from Daniel Eatcock, Annegien van Doorn, Harry Grundy, We make Carpets, Dr Me, Put Put, Gab Bois, Helmut Smits, JAGO, Hannes Nienhueser with drinks from LoBros.read less

LAUNCH EVENT 17:00 - 20:00 FREE

SHOW MORE PAST EVENT
20 may

PANEL TALK6PM

INTRO & EXHIBITION

Where love is illegal intro & the exhibition + interview with Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Ugandan LGBT activist.

Where love is illegal intro & the exhibition + interview with Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, Ugandan LGBT activist.read less

27 May

PANEL TALK6PM

STORY TELLING WORKSHOP & PHOTOGRAPHY

Storytelling workshop, photography: how to make a compelling picture + interview with Ruslan Savolainen, Russian LGBT activist.

Storytelling workshop, photography: how to make a compelling picture + interview with Ruslan Savolainen, Russian LGBT activist.read less

03 June

PANEL TALK6PM

STORY TELLING WORKSHOP & YOUR STORY

Storytelling workshop, your story: how to write a personal testimony + interview with Stephanie Burnett - Coordinator at ELLA Global Community & Research and Stakeholder Manager at Witness Change.

Storytelling workshop, your story: how to write a personal testimony + interview with Stephanie Burnett - Coordinator at ELLA Global Community & Research and Stakeholder Manager at Witness Change.read less

10 June

PANEL TALK6PM

PICTURES & STORIES SHARING

Pictures & stories sharing from all participants + interview with Noelle Nelson, Transgender Jamaican woman

Pictures & stories sharing from all participants + interview with Noelle Nelson, Transgender Jamaican womanread less