Costa Mesa, CA – February 2014 – Costa Mesa-based clothing brand Violent Gentlemen is proud to announce the launch of its Mike V. x Violent Gentlemen collaborative T-shirt and hat.
Violent Gentlemen is a brand that not only represents my love for hockey and the players who police the ice, it also represents something at the very core of my being,” says Mike Vallely, aka Mike V. “Love and strength. These qualities together make for a complete and balanced life, because anything worth loving is also worth fighting for.”
Mike V. personifies the Violent Gentlemen. A father, friend, professional skateboarder, musician and former professional hockey player, he is part of the VGHC brotherhood. Growing up playing and watching hockey, and after years immersed in the world of punk rock and skateboarding, he parlayed his passion into a short-lived career as a pro-player with the Danbury Whalers of the FHL. The stint earned him the label “jock” with the counterculture crowd and it wasn’t until he came upon Violent Gentlemen that he felt as though he’d found a common bond.
“The first time I read the words ‘Violent Gentlemen’ it made complete sense to me,” he says. “Here was the first-ever hockey apparel brand that understood who and what it was, and who it was for. Rooted deep in hockey culture, yet expressing something fresh and new, Violent Gentlemen resonates with hockey fans and anyone who understands the warrior mentality.”
The Mike V. x Violent Gentlemen collaborative T-shirt features an “Enforce: Long Beach” logo inspired by his adopted hometown of nearly 20 years. On the back is the number “22,” sentimental to Mike for a couple of reasons.
“Twenty-two was the number I wore in the very first game I played in minor-pro hockey. It was the number of my favorite player from when I was a kid, a true Violent Gent, Nick Fotiu of the New York Rangers,” he adds. “Although I ended up breaking my arm in that game, falling to the ice at the end of a fight, it was still a dream come true: to lace up the skates, pull that number 22 over my head, and take to the ice at a pro level.”
The black T-shirt retails for $24 and is available in size small to 3X-large, while the hat, available in both snapback and Flexfit, retails for $32 and comes in small/medium or large/extra-large. Both are available at violentgentlement.com.
Click here to purchase the T-Shirt.
Click here to purchase the Snapback.
Click here to purchase the Flexfit.
About Violent Gentlemen:
Violent gentlemen are forged from steel and bound by a code: Respect. It runs deep and courses through the veins of a Violent Gentleman. We are a brotherhood of upstanding individuals with an appreciation for style and our nose to the grindstone. From the ice to the Octagon, from the ring to the field we honor the fight, the art, the opponent and the sport. Blood paints a path to the heart. Sweat, a river to the soul.