In many cases, it takes a community coming together to create change, growth and — perhaps most importantly — to shape the next generation. For Vans and Justin Henry, that sentiment reflects a personal mission that’s become like a mantra: “No youth, no future.” With strong ties to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and its local skateboard scene, Justin Henry grew up skating crusty spots and learning the value of putting in work and making each try count. He invited Vans inside that world recently, recounting his journey from young talent to pro in a recent short film by Vans, Justin Henry’s World Peace, which highlights his determination to give back to the community that has shaped him.
“A lot of collaborations are loud and graphic based so for this project I wanted to do something understated but still feel fresh. There’s something about an all white shoe that feels angelic and new when you look down at your feet. Pebble grain leather was my first choice with materials. The texture feels premium but sporty and it’s super durable which is really important to me. World Peace.”
- Justin Henry
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