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.
Stussy and Vans bring together their most favored motifs for a new collection this season. Taking to the classic throwback silhouettes of Vans’ Vault collection, Stussy has outfitted the OG Era LX, OG Style 36 LX, and OG Sk8-Hi LX with three distinct patterns from their prolific canon. Shawn Stussy’s original “Tom Tom” pattern from the 1980′s is executed on the Style 36 shoe, complimented with neon green striping and beige suede at the tongue and toecap. The Era LX gets treated with Stussy’s punk ‘Bones’ pattern across the entire upper, contrasted by vibrant sky blue at the interior and leather heel panel. Finally, the OG Sk8-Hi LX sees its own hallmark checkering mixed with Stussy’s infamous 8 Ball print, interrupted by a bold red sidestripe. All three pieces will release in June at worldwide Stussy chapters, as well as select Vans Vault retailers
Celebrating their year in Belgium, Opening Ceremony has partnered up with the Magritte Foundation to create a unique project to feature some “wearable art” using the iconic Vans Authentic low top as their canvas. The project is a nod to one of the country’s most famous and greatest artists, Rene Magritte, and displays five of Magritte’s pieces of surrealist art, including The Blow to the Heart, Good Connections, The Ladder of Fire, Sheherazade, and The King’s Museum. Aside from the all-over artwork, each pair sees a crisp white midsole with blue piping and a set of white laces to match. All five pairs are available to pre-order online now and are set for a release this May for $135 each. View the full range of preview images after the click.
Taking a new approach to the iconic Authentic LX silhouettes, Vans, Off The Hook and Chef Chuck Hughes introduce the first-ever kitchen-ready lifestyle shoes. The sneaker is constructed from water-repellant materials with minimal stitching on the uppers and with waxed cotton laces to withstand the kitchen environment. A cork insole sits atop the classic Vans non-slip waffle outsole. The “Black Crab” pack will be available at the Vans x OTH store in Montreal and online beginning March 22
Comme des Garçons SHIRT and Supreme recently teamed to produce a special 2014 Spring/Summer Collection with Vans chiming in with a set of footwear offerings as well.
Using the same fabric Comme des Garçons used for the apparel items, Vans re-interpreted both the Sk8-Hi and the Era, incorporating the signature visual themes of the collection. The Era, appearing in both black and red, combines both white polka dot and stripes for the upper and features the Supreme tag stamped on the heel and Comme des Garçons SHIRT printed on the white rubber outsole. The Sk8-Hi features a similar upper while also paying a graphical tribute to late NYC skate legend Harold Hunter.
Comme des Garçons SHIRT and Supreme recently came together to present an editorial previewing their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Featured patterns for the season included simple pairings of polka dot and fine stripes in red and black. These appeared across a selection of caps and shirts, including a snap button-up with a mandarin collar. Other items of mention included both a printed graphic tee and jacket featuring NYC skateboard Harold Hunter. This editorial showcased the talents of models Sara Grace Powell, Aaron Bondaroff, Alex Olson and Tyshawn Jones.
In January, Vans California used the over washed technique to style colorways of the Sk8-Hi. Creating the look that sees colors bleed from upper to the sole includes an “enzyme wash, stonewash, dip-dye, and oil treatments”.nCanvas built, the kicks come in a choice of black, chili pepper red or dress blue.
UNITED ARROWS‘ BEAUTY & YOUTH imprint has teamed up with Vans again this spring for a successor of sorts to last year’s pack of Harris Tweed-constructed kicks. Featuring both the Authentic and the Classic Slip-On, the new release is highlighted by a digital camouflage motif across the entirety of each silhouette’s upper while co-branding is subtly incorporated along the footbed. Look for both pairs to be available soon via UNITED ARROWS’ online store.
Coming soon from Vans is yet another patriotic edition of the premium Sk8-Hi Reissue. Boasting premium uppers of canvas and suede with leather Jazz Stripe branding, the release includes one pair with star-studded blue canvas while the other dons red and white stripes across its quarter panels. Finished with white rubber foxing and contrasting foxing stripes, these nods to Old Glory will be available from Vans stockists beginning this March
Vault by Vans kicks off the Spring season with a premium two-piece offering of the Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX. Dressed in deluxe materials and revamped with heel zipper entry, the premier nubuck, leather and suede detailing the Mocha Bisque and Moroccan Blue editions of the Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX push the iconic skate silhouette into the realm of sophistication. The Mocha Bisque and Moroccan Blue colorways of the Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX are available now at select Vault by Vans retailers.