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Benjamin Jeanjean | True Stories

Since his acclaimed "True Stories" (2016) showcase at Adhocpad Gallery in Vienna, Austria, artist Benjamin Jeanjean "True Stories" exhibition has now become a long-term project for the ANP Artist and a new philanthropic focus for RVCA. Inspired by True Stories, RVCA created a clothing collection to celebrate Jeanjean's art, his book and the catalyst it's become in raising awareness for refugees. The True Stories collection has become a vehicle that is now supporting non-profits helping refugees from war-torn countries. Proceeds from this collection will be donated to a non-profit organization that is working tirelessly in aiding refugees around the globe.

True Stories:

A struggle for life, freedom and humanity

As told by refugees and illustrated by ANP Artist, Benjamin Jeanjean

"This is about a project that started with a feeling. The feeling that we are all Humans. No matter if we are black or white, good or bad, no matter where you came from. I want to step out of my imaginary sanctuary and bring reality to life. To illustrate their stories. TRUE STORIES. Let yourself get dragged into their struggle. it is also our struggle for life." - Benjamin Jeanjean

ANP artist Benjamin Jeanjean spent a month living and diving into the life stories of Ali, Firas and other war refugees coming from Middle-East to capture and witness their true stories…

With his signature drawings and illustrations, Jeanjean committed to bringing to life those words and moments as told by those who have gone through such unforgettable life-changing experiences.

More on Jeanjean and his art:

Based in Southwest France, Benjamin JeanJean’s art stands for a neo-symbolism based on contemporary aesthetics. As an artist he is normally looking for inspiration in the unknown, a surreal world that lives from people’s dreams, thoughts and fears. But after having met Ali and other refugees during an art project in Vienna in 2016, he wanted to step out of this imaginary sanctuary. To bring reality to life. To illustrate the reality of refugees. To tell their stories. True stories.

"The essence of my art didn’t change though. I want people to look closer. This is when their imagination kicks in and the unconscious takes over. Skulls, for example, are only skulls at first glance. But in fact, they represent any human: blacks, whites, Syrians, Austrians, Americans, good people, bad people, workers, doctors, politicians, you, me. We all have a skull, we all are human beings. There is a story behind each human, and each story is worth being told." -- Benjamin JeanJean.

Video: Directed/Edited by Sebastien Chebassier (EnArrO prod.) Filmed by Christian Fischer.
Music: 'Be Cold' by Concorde.


Joshua Tree | Womens Fall '18 Lookbook

Look forward to cooler days and nights with the latest New Arrivals from the RVCA Womens Collection for Fall '18. This season we set our sights on Joshua Tree, California, to unpaved roads without street lights. Created with well-worn edge, the collection features industrial workwear lines inspired by the rugged and well-travelled desert. From daily explorations of the deserts natural art to the night of the never-ending dark sky and bright stars. We took a road trip to nowhere and found that the desert leaves no trace. Shop the latest arrivals from RVCA Womens.


Fall 18 Digital Catalog

We hope you enjoy this digital catalog showcasing our newest offering from the Fall 2018 Collection. Swipe through to see the latest looks from Mens, Womens, VA Sport and Boys.


The Evolution of RVCA Sport | Womens

Fall 2018 launches RVCA’s highly anticipated women’s RVCA Sport collection. Blurring the line between Street & Active, RVCA Sport breaks free of the traditional active market with a rebellious attitude to disrupt the status quo. Each style is designed for a multifunctional approach to dressing for easy styling from your workout to the street. We have collaborated with world class athletes and RVCA advocates to develop a line that is the perfect balance of function and fashion. This is RVCA Sport.

Images feature RVCA Advocate Sage Erickson. Shot by Stefan Kocev. Shop the full RVCA Sport Women's Collection here.


Joe Grillo Collection

Joe Grillo (b. 1980, Meteor City, USA) has exhibited works in the US & internationally. He has had exhibitions at The Hole, CANADA Gallery, Deitch Projects, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York; Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Loyal Gallery, Sweden; V1, Copenhagen, Denmark; Max Wigram, London, UK; Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece; amongst others. In 1998, Grillo co-founded the artist collective Dearraindrop. Grillo currently lives and works in Virginia Beach, VA.


Neutral Collection | Summer '18

In a time when lines are more blurred than ever, we are inspired to explore the idea of the undefined. Clothing is used as a form of self-expression, with this collection we intend to bridge the gap and provide a neutral platform for people to do just that. We have taken a minimalistic approach, with comfort and wearability at the forefront. Using soft hand fabrics, heavy laundering and indigo dyes to create worn in timeless pieces. With subtle hints of work wear and utilitarian styling, each piece is designed for versatility, to look good and wear well on anyone and allow the wearer to style their own way. View the full lookbook shot by RVCA advocate Andrea Dosouto below and shop the full Neutral Collection.


RVCA Trunks | Baja California

Chasing waves below the border, RVCA advocates Ford Archbold, Matt Pagan, Nathan Strom & Grant Noble, cruise the Baja coast line in search of south swells and warm water, in hopes of finding some uncrowded surf. Taking on a fresh head space in desolate waters leads to creative expression. Waves were found and fun was had, both at sea and on land. They exist within the place without compromising its true natures. Sometimes a new location can take hold of a traveler, as the charisma of both personality and place combine to create a whole new artifact. Surfing and moving and living in the current help to keep real life enjoyable. Shop the full Trunks Collection.


Margaux Arramon Tucoo Collection

This season we collaborated with RVCA Advocate Margaux Arramon Tucoo to create a Special Edition collection for both our Mens and Womens line. Margaux is a French traveler, surfer and painter. Her close ties to nature and the ocean combined with a creative upbringing have inspired her incredibly stylish surfing. This collection incorporates Margaux's marble art prints into trunks & swim pieces, along with her block prints into a trunk, tee & button up.


Anywear Swim Lookbook | Summer '18

Summer never ends in California. This season we head out to San Francisco with RVCA advocate Andrea Dosouto and our friends Gana & Dajana, passing through the city in our latest collection of one pieces and swim separates. We search the city for unfamiliar territory, late nights, and new horizons. There is always somewhere to escape and from sunrise to sundown we don't let Summer end. We hope you enjoy our Anywear Swim Lookbook for Summer '18. Photographed by Andrea Dosouto. Shop the full Swim Collection.


Birdwell X RVCA V2

RVCA joins forces with Birdwell for their second limited collection of classic beachwear, blending the creativity and artistic expression of two American-apparel pioneers. RVCA founder, PM Tenore, and Birdwell creative director, Natas Kaupas, worked to design a line that is true to both brands’ vision and aesthetic. The merging of ideas from two great creative minds gives way to a timeless collaboration.

This updated collection takes inspiration from race cars and fighter planes, the highlight piece of the collection is the Warbird 18 Trunk. Only 250 of these trunks were made — logos, trims and patterns were a mash up of ideas that resulted in a special trunk, like no other. They are hand-signed and numbered by Tenore and Kaupas.

The rest of the collection takes prints and branding from the Warbird 18 trunk with a more subtle approach to build out a well-rounded line that will attract any surf or style enthusiast. The collection will be available at specialty surf retailers starting on April 1st and at RVCA.COM. The collection will also be showcased at Ron Robinson in Santa Monica on April 12th, 2018 at their “Festival Styling” event.


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