The Curse Of Von Dutch: A Brand To Die For is a three-part documentary series directed by Andrew Renzi that explores the gruelling and drug-fueled history of the Von Dutch fashion brand. Founded in 1999, its distinctive logo, designed based on the signature of hot rod artist Kenny “Von Dutch” Howard, is best known by celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Tommy Lee, Dennis Rodman and others.
But it’s also the wardrobe favourite of almost all of your friends. Who loved Linkin Park in the early 2000s. The brand is an outlet for surf, skate, and drug culture in Venice Beach and Long Beach, California, but its creation and existence is far from excellent.
Paris Hilton sat down for an interview;
Just as the sound engineer fixes his microphone and someone else fixes his hair, he throws a hat at the truck with the Von Dutch logo on it.
The first episode looks at the brand’s origins, starting with Ed Boswell, who received the rights to the name and autograph from Von Dutch and is working on patching badges on already made garments. Boswell, who did the interview lying down, basically said, “clap their necks” when mentioned the other two Von Dutch founders.
Robert Vaughn and Michael Kassel teamed up to take Boswell’s work and turn it into a fashion brand. But this episode delves into Vaughn’s upbringing. Where his Asian background and appearance alienated him from his adoptive family and the people he attended school with. He turned to the drug trade, hanging out with gang members like his friend Mark Rivas. And admired a local clothing brand called Bronze Age, founded by Cassel.
Even when Kassel went to jail, the brand continued; he used the company to launder drug money. But when she left, she turned to the fashion business. Vaughn went to Kassel hoping to work for the Bronze Age. And the two co-founded the brand until Kassel sold it for the minuscule price of $35,000. While looking for a new brand, they found Boswell and founded Von Dutch Originals’ clothing line. With the initial money from Cassell’s brother.
The Curse of von Dutch is one such documentary:
It seems better as a 90-minute documentary than a three-hour series. Even in the first episode, Renzi expands the story to the point where it’s almost transparent. By giving Vaughn’s time with Mark Rivas and Kassel’s original clothing company, Bronze Age, a longer time.
All of this has to do with making von Dutch, of course. But it looks like Renzi found a real opportunity to show off the rivalry between Boswell and Kassel, with Vaughn in the middle. As the brand grew, Vaughn became associated with Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson. And had a baby with their first model and first investor. Eli Jane, Boswell becoming increasingly irrelevant.
We want to know how Cassel put pressure on Boswell. And how Boswell lost significant profits for the company in the future. Instead, we get a romantic story about the days of the Vaughn gang and Kassel’s atrocities. Plus a disturbing dramatic reenactment.
More information about Kenny Howard, from the Netherlands himself, would also be very helpful. It looks like there’s more to it than the other two episodes, but we think some of the backdrops from which the Von Dutch brand “look” comes would be better than the wanderings of the Vaughn brothers that seem to dominate the episode.
Although The Curse Of Von Dutch: A Brand To Die For contains colourful characters. The producers and directors seem to focus too much on these characters. Then the existing brand and the “curse” behind them.