Originally an object of transport, skate decks are quickly becoming objects of art. The most recent partaker of this transition is designer James Perse. Better known for his luxurious ready-to-wear, the Perse sought to recreate the same South California ethos that spawned the skateboard culture back in the 1970s. Individually hand shaped with no two alike, the solid walnut deck features strips of wenge for strength. Coupled with darken trucks and sticky polyurethane wheels in black, the decks come in as 45-inch long board for cruising or make a run at the half-pipe with the 32-inch freestyle board.