Palace Skateboards flexed especially hard this past year.
From its highly anticipated collaboration with adidas Originals to the opening of its wildly successful pop-up shop in SoHo, the London-based brand gained impressive momentum in 2014. And according to founder Lev Tanju, Palace has even more in store for the upcoming year: “It’s all secret—but it’s all going to be really exciting,” he told Dazed Digital.
Though he’s reluctant to speak about what we can expect from Palace, Tanju did discuss which of his fellow Londoners we should watch in 2015. Read some of the highlights from his list of creatives below. You can check out all of his picks at DazedDigital.com.
Roret Milanes: Skateboarder/DJ
"He actually DJed at our New York pop-up. He skates for Palace and he’s one of my favourite skaters as well. He’s showed me a lot of music that I’m currently into. Next year he’s going to be skating a lot more, and DJing a lot more—he’s getting booked at loads of place. I’ve known him for about 10 years. I met him skating down at Southbank—he’s from Wandsworth. He skates in all the Palace videos, so that’s a good place to check him out."
Jackson Boxer: Restaurateur
"I went to one of his restaurants recently and really enjoyed it. I’ve known him for a long time and he just invited me for Sunday lunch with him and his family at Brunswick House and it was really amazing. He went downstairs and started dusting off these crazy bottles of wine and he really showed me a good time. I love all the antiques in the restaurant and the food’s great. I love the way he talks about food and drinks wine—you can tell he’s really trying to get the best out of what he’s serving to people."
Blondey McCoy: Skateboarder
"He’s another skater—a young guy who also skates for Palace but is also doing his own clothing line, called Thames. I’ve been seeing the samples coming through, because he works in our office, and it’s really exciting. It’s nice to see someone from London doing another brand that I like. He’s going to do really well next year and I’m excited to see what he does. He’s only 17—it’s great when people work super hard and do what they want to do. His ideas are all really mental but they look really good. He also does art photo shows in Soho every once in a while."
[via Dazed Digital]