Revisiting the early days of VANS, the Golden Coast Collection pays homage to South California’s budding skate and surf scene at the time. Featuring an abundance of VANS’ signature checkerboard design on the Authentic, Classic Slip-On, Style 36 and Old Skool in the original form, the retro-themed designs also include the Era and Sk8-Hi Reissue in throwback colourways of deep water, red, dress blues, and spectra yellow. Celebrating both VANS’ heritage as well its impact on SoCal culture then and now. I’m not sure if these are getting a UK release as yet.
Next up for Supreme is this upcoming collaboration with Vans on a Bruce Lee-themed footwear pack. The “Bruce Lee” pack offers up the Sk8-Hi and Authentic silhouettes with Bruce Lee graphics featured throughout. The Sk8-Hi features a large Bruce Lee graphic printed across the quarter and will be offered in two colourways. The Authentic features a collage print of Bruce Lee across the entire canvas upper and will be offered in three colorways. No word yet on a release date but a release sometime towards the end of this year seems likely. Stay tuned for more.
Various cues from current menswear trends inform the character of this season’s Era CA in dress blues and thyme. Overprinted chambray with polka dots on twill quarter panels and linings instill the casual lace-up with a sense of sophistication and luxury. Additional material details include pigskin Vans labels and round waxed laces. The Chambray Polka editions of the Era CA are available now HERE
In the sneaker world, it seems like new collaborations drop every hour on the hour, but this is one that’s definitely worth talking about. Engineered Garments designer Daiki Suzuki has a way of making even the most mundane clothes fresh and new. His vision of Americana filtered through a keen eye for fit, finish, fabric, and a nod to the future is what netted him our award as the Best New Menswear Designer in America in 2008. An avid surfer, it’s not too surprising to see Suzuki collaborating with storied sneaker brand Vans. The Vault by Vans line has always offered interesting takes on old classics from the likes of WTAPS and Taka Hayashi, but the Engineered Garments collab takes things to a different level. Influenced by ’70s skate rags and an emphasis on quality materials, the Authentic LX gets reimagined in a hardy 12 oz. Sunforger cotton canvas and a reversed olive sateen, but the real star is the Classic Slip-On LX, done up in three different colored leathers–the kicker is that both uppers mix up smooth leather with a slubby, unifinished hide. It’s an awesome wabi-sabi twist on a classic sneaker.
The shoes launch on Tuesday, September 10
Deluxe and Vans preview a pair of Eras from their 10th Anniversary Collection. Featuring a streamlined silhouette, the simple monotone upper is made of a hairy suede that is contrasted by white laces. A light brown leather patch accents the heel portion of the ankle closure. Priced at ¥13,650 JPY (approximately £100), the shoes will come in black and navy colourways
Not new to each other, Stone Island and Italian footwear maker Diemme have teamed up once again and present a solid sneaker offering for Spring/Summer 2013. Featuring a satin weave and cotton canvas upper with suede heel reinforcements, the two stayed close to your favourite Vans silhouettes with this release. A low top version, similar to the Era and a mid top version, similar to the Chukka Boot, are presented, each available in the three colours of the French flag – white, navy and red. Pick up a pair here
To celebrate the coming solstice, Supreme has released a capsule collection in conjunction with Vans, basking in its skate heritage with an all-over floral print – aptly juxtaposing alternative punk culture with 19th century European art. Here, the popular SK8- Hi, Chukka and Era receive covet renditions courtesy of artwork from New Order’s 1983 album release: Power, Corruption & Lies. The album sleeve was designed by English art director Peter Saville who interpolated his idea from French artist Henri Fantin-Latour’s “A Basket of Roses” painting. The Chukka and Era will feature canvas uppers with leather lining and in-soles, and as usual the SK8-Hi will feature a premium suede toe box and canvas leather accents, rounded up with a white vulcanized sole on all profiles. The capsule collection will be available in-store in NY, LA and London and online on March 7, in addition to availability in Japan from March 9 onwards.
VANS Syndicate has just let loose with a few new colorways of the Authentic 69 Pro S for Spring 2013. Fitting in nicely within any sneaker collection, you have your choice of the kicks in a soft royal blue, cherry red, or black, each with a subtle checker print that blends into the rest of the monochromatic suede upper. The entire look pops between a snow white rubber sole and a black sock liner, while silver eyelets and a black ribbon for the heel accent provide a nice finish to the look.
i-D Magazine has conducted and amazing interview with Steve Van Doren son of one half of the founders of VANS…..check it out below
With roots in old school, skate-culture California, Vans create timeless shoes. You’d find it hard not to find a pair of Authentics in any street-wise teen or twenty-something’s shoebox.
Started up in ’66 by the Van Doren brothers, Paul and James, as a down-town California quality casual shoe shop, Vans has gone through the motions to become an i-Conic household name with surfer dudes, skater kids and fashionistas alike handing over their P’s to get their hands on a pair of slip-ons, mid-cuts or high-tops, but forever and always Vans are Grounded in Boards and Bikes.
Steve Van Doren, son of Paul was there to watch from the sidelines as the likes of Dogtown legends Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta skated in and out of the shop, as Sean Penn sent the sneakers viral after Fast Times at Ridgemont High and has been the brains behind the brand for the last 30 years, coining its counter-culture slogan ‘Off The Wall’. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Vans Half-Cab and Mr Van D is proud to present in collaboration with skater boy Steve Caballero, a new Anniversary Half Cab colourway each month of 2012. To top off the year, after a few stints here in the 90’s, the Vans Warped Tour is coming back to England this November, and is all set to see the do-it-yourself generation singing, skating and extreme sporting.
i-D online talk boarders, BMXer’s and California coastal cool with Steve Van Doren.
Have the majority of Vans shoes been designed with sports in mind or for everyday streetwear? Up till the mid 1970s our shoes were designed for everyday wear. Skateboarders wore our shoes because they lasted longer and gripped their skateboards better because of our special waffle bottom outsole.
The Vans brand over the years has become internationally loved. How do you believe Vans forged that connection with worldwide consumers? Time and Passion. You don’t make good wine overnight and you don’t make a great brand overnight either. My father, Paul, and his two partners, Jim Van Doren and Gordon Lee, put in years of passion towards making great shoes. Last decade, we were acquired by VF Corporation. They have injected us with many resources – greater global distribution, more quality designers and staff that have helped us grow Vans by geographically going where we’ve never been before.
Would you say a great deal of the brand’s success came from Sean Penn wearing a pair of checkered slip-ons in the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High? I was 10 years old when my Dad started Vans in 1966. When Fast Times came out I was in my 20s and I had never seen so much excitement worldwide for our brand. Spicoli was a teenage icon: the cool teenage surfer dude and Vans fit him to a tee!
When did the Vans brand realize it had gained a following of skateboarders and why do you believe that was? We realized it in the mid 70’s. This was the time of the Dogtown skate legends. The local skaters would come into our Vans stores and buy our classic deck shoes. The skaters and surfers adopted us really. My father wasn’t much on advertising back in the day so we relied on our product and word-of-mouth.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? I look at feet all the time and teens everywhere. It was easy years ago when we had our own factories here in California. I could see thousand of ideas and if I liked something I would just make a sample. It goes all the way back before the checkerboard shoe was created. I saw many kids coloring their Vans’ white rubber around the shoes with a checkerboard pattern. So I went and printed the rubber with checkerboard on them and began offering this for custom-made shoes.
Has it been hard to design a versatile shoe that can withstand sports like skateboarding but also work for day to day use? No, not really. We’re not a running shoe company where you pound a shoe for 6 miles. My father and his partners were in the shoe business for 20 years before starting Vans and knew how important fit was.
What collection or specific shoe are you most proud of? And what are you most likely to be seen in? I am most proud that the original 1966 Vans Style #44 has lasted 46 years and is still our #1 selling-style today as the Authentic. I was always a Slip-on guy and 95% of the time I wear our Slip-ons. I also am as proud of our Vault line as they are pricy, but people all over the planet love Vans and want to purchase them in premium materials.
On from the other day a new image has appeared from Kenzo & Vans…to be fair I was disappointed regarding the stripes pack but the FLORALS have me wearing little chuffy badge…. A preliminary preview indicates a vibrant colours in three floral styles. The 3rd drop of Kenzo x Vans collaboration will hit select retailers in mid August and retail for €90.