Tuesday, July 7, 2015by Wendy Lam
Vans has been on a roll with all the dope collaborations this year! First the super cute Disney collection (Mickey & Friends and Princesses) for the entire family, then came the Murakami collection that everyone wanted a piece of and now they’ve announced their collection with British design house Eley Kishimoto, a brand known for its bold, vibrant prints. I’ve been waiting for this collaboration since I’ve previewed it a few months ago, so cool.
Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, husband and wife design duo, founded Eley Kishimoto together in 1992 living by the maxim Print the World. Working alongside Vans’ design team, Eley Kishimoto applied two of their archive designs across the collection and introduces three exclusive prints, designed specially for Vans.
The Vans x Eley Kishimoto collection features wearable art printed allover Vans footwear, apparel and accessories for both men and women. For men, the five-piece range consists of short-sleeve button downs, raglan tees, socks, backpacks and a reversible bucket hat in Eley Kishimoto’s Flash print. For women, the apparel features Eley Kishimoto’s Magnolia Hysteria print on a dress, tees, totes, accessories and a lightweight reversible parka.
See the full collection and more info after the jump…
Utilizing their signature graphic print aesthetic, Eley Kishimoto reinterprets the quintessential Vans Waffle Sole and Checkerboard pattern to create footwear prints exclusively for Vans. The Waffle Sole is usually only seen as an imprint, but Eley Kishimoto translates that iconic step into a 3D interpretation dubbed the ‘Whopping Waffle’ that adorns the low-top Era in bright blue. The iconic Vans Checkerboard is transformed into the energetic ‘Drums’ print, which combines deconstructed checks with tribal motifs. The Drums print can be found on the Classic Slip-On, the Hanelei Sandal, the Sk8-Hi Slim and Aura Snowboard Boot available exclusively for women. The third original print created for Vans explores an abstract urban playground, known as the ‘Bumpy Road’, which is collaged on the Authentic. Rounding out the footwear assortment for men and women are two of Eley Kishimoto’s treasured archive designs including their iconic Flash print and the feminine flourish of Magnolia Hysteria.