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.