LA – LDN
After some incredibly hyped collabs with Lacoste, Nike and Pharrell’s BBC ICECREAM, the Los Angeles-based skate brand Crenshaw Skate Club (CSC) are teaming up with London retailer Browns for an exclusive twenty-piece unisex capsule collection for FARFETCH BEAT 009 – a vibrant concept giving a platform to progressive young voices in fashion and culture.
Marking their first foray into cut and sew, CSC founder Tobey McIntosh sees the collection as an embrace of the brand’s past and a vision for its future. “The capsule features cut and sew garments with graphics from some of our first collections,” he says. “CSC is growing and expanding as a brand, but we will never forget our roots.” In a first for CSC, they are branching out of just t-shirts and hoodies, introducing black denim co-ords, workwear jackets and straight-leg trousers. Graphic skate decks are the only accessory you need, while imagery depicting the crew skating down their beloved Crenshaw Boulevard adorns tees and jackets, and a teddy bear wearing a gold CSC logo chain becomes a cuddly mascot.
“My favourite place to skate in LA is Westchester Skate Plaza. It’s a great skatepark, but it also has a lot of sentimental value because I met some of my lifelong friends there.”
Since its founding in 2017, when McIntosh was only fourteen, Crenshaw Skate Club has become an essential name in street and skate style. More than just a fashion brand, CSC is a collective that sees McIntosh work closely with local Crenshaw, Los Angeles, talent, amplifying them on a worldwide scale.
“Bringing the community together through skateboarding is what we are all about”
With this collaboration with Browns for FARFETCH, McIntosh is reaching further than he ever dreamed. “We’ve been able to take CSC’s message international,” he says. “The origin of CSC is hyperlocal, but the message can be applied to kids all over the world.” Of course, LA and London are both skate capitals of the world, something that is not lost on McIntosh. Growing up, seeing UK skaters Lucien Clarke and Blondey McCoy in Palace videos and dreaming of skating at the Southbank, it feels that this latest collaboration is truly a milestone for him and the brand.
Crenshaw Skate Club’s collection will be available at Browns Brook Street and online at brownsfashion.com and FARFETCH from Wednesday 7th June.