Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi – Collection (Spring/Summer 2017)

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Vault by Vans once again teams up with esteemed designer Taka Hayashi for 2017 spring/summer. The collection includes a range of print-heavy apparel including button-ups — with a Tiger Print motif available in two colorways — and T-shirt with stained glass palm tree design and a cryptic cat theme. A Vans Vault SK8-Skool LX sneaker also rounds out the collection. The pack will be available this Friday, April 29 at your local Vault dealer.

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Vans Japan x Deluxe – Authentic (4.29.17)

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Here’s another Vans shoe releasing for the Japan market, this time with luxury brand Deluxe.  They chose to use the Era (CO.JP as we like to call this particular shape), featuring a slightly rounder toe, lower foxing height, and an overall shape that seems to be used quite a bit in Japan.  Yes, for all you new Vans fans, there are different types of Vans in Japan, and no, they’re not fake.  Deluxe went with a traditional canvas mock-up, in two classic colorways, while featuring a few checkerboard hits throughout the shoe, mainly on the tongue, heel strip, and the footbed heel pad.  A little bit of checkerboard goes a long way, and too much can sometimes be obnoxious.  The foxing scene sees a classic Vans director logo, slightly modified for Deluxe.  The final feature is the gel-clear waffle soles, featuring the same custom director logo.  These will be available from Deluxe on April 29th, for ¥9,000 JPY.

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Vans Japan x Sasquatchfabrix x Beams – Old Skool (5.3.17)

Vans Japan and Beams have teamed up with Sasquatchfabrix, to bring to you this nice and simple Old Skool.  Featuring the classic suede/canvas combo that us traditionalists love, the shoe’s main color choice is white, but with a slightly contrasting natural white suede.  Red accents can be found on the foxing stripe, and tongue label.  Not much more to say about these, but FYI they’re a Japan exclusive.

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Vans Surf x Brothers Marshall – Surf Collection (4.20.17)

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Hot off the shores of First Point, Vans and Malibu surf label Brothers Marshall have reunited to create a summer footwear and apparel capsule designed by Malibu surf cohorts, Chad and Trace Marshall. Arriving in finer surf shops now, Vans’ new Brothers Marshall capsule celebrates the two brands’ playful surf aesthetic, paying homage to retro silhouettes, flamboyant color schemes and bold neoprene trims. The Brothers Marshall label emerged from the breaks of Malibu more than a decade ago, spreading their clever California aloha with products inspired by the cultural amalgamation of Los Angeles surf style today and the generations that came before it.

Undoubtedly the two most coveted pieces in the collection, Brothers Marshall taps into two timeless Vans surf styles to present clean, all-white renditions of the Authentic SF and the Slip-on SF, made special by an irresistibly vibrant rainbow gum sole. Each pair features easy on-off kickdown heel counters and natural true white canvas uppers. Two black sandal styles complete the footwear offering, the Slide-On and Nexpa Synthetic, each boasting the Vans x Brothers Marshall signature logo on the upper and footbed.

The Brothers Marshall Vans apparel offering epitomizes retro surf styling, showcasing a soft, white French terry washed cotton pullover and an 18” volley short featuring Vans’ 4-way Sturdy Stretch fabrication and a custom side stripe detail. A set of overdyed vintage cotton tees in royal blue and black paired with matching hats round out the capsule. Each apparel piece is trimmed with custom neoprene Brothers Marshall logo tags in the capsule’s unifying rainbow gradient.

Vans unleashes Brothers Marshall’s vibrant, tongue-in-cheek spirit in their new summer collaboration, available now at Vans by Thalia Surf Shop, Mollusk Surf Shop, Jack’s Surf Shop, PacSun and many more. Visit Vans.com/surf to find the list of local retailers near you.

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Vans x Concepts – “Jamaica” Old Skool Pro (4.20.17)

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Info via Concepts:

“Concepts joins Vans for an exclusive trio of collaborative Old Skool colorways. Concepts’ take on the classic skate shoe is inspired by a Vintage Jamaican print, featured prominently in the canvas paneling. The pack, which consists of a Green, Off-White, and a special friends and family Orange offering, each have premium suede and a padded tongue, along with the signature Vans waffle outsole. Retail $85, the Concepts x Vans “Jamaica” will be sold in-store Thursday, 4.20.17, followed by an online release at 12pm eastern on Friday, 4.21.17 on cncpts.com

A limited number of the friends and family Orange Suede Old Skool will be sold at Concepts NYC and Cambridge on 4.20.17 first come first serve.”

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Vans Vault x NEIGHBORHOOD – BMX Capsule Collection (Spring 2017)

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Vault by Vans has gotten together with NEIGHBORHOOD on this amazing BMX-inspired collaboration.  Featuring one of Vans’ iconic logos, the “Thumbs Up”, this pack pays homage to Vans’ heritage in the action sport of BMX.  The pack comes in two colorways, red and black, straying from NBHD’s usual black and white theme, with the intention of making this project all about Vans, and not them.  They wanted to evoke a nostalgic feeling in the design, so they went with an aesthetic from the formative years at Vans, complete with checkerboards on the vulcanized scene or “side-wall”, as well as on the toe of two of the Authentics.  NBHD didn’t stop there.  There is a complete apparel line that is releasing alongside the shoes, including some long-sleeve tees, button-ups, shorts, and a bucket hat.  This whole pack is dope, and unfortunately it’s going to be an Asia-exclusive.

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Hypebeast sat down with NEIGHBORHOOD’s Creative Director Shinsuke Takizawa, to learn more about the design elements that went into the collab, and uncover the origin of the BMX inspiration.  Read the article HERE.

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Hot Rod x Under The Palms x The Authentic Era – Event Recap Pics (via @solscience)

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This past weekend, we teamed up with Hot Rod to put on a pop-up shop for The Authentic Era, complete with an in-store live custom printing on vintage Made In USA Vans tees.  The event was a success, and people were really liking the hats and tees that we had made for the event.  We saw a bunch of familiar faces, as well as some new ones.  A few longtime members of Under The Palms and Strictly Waffles finally were able to come out and show support, which is always nice.  We had an awesome time, and we hope to do this again.  I want to thank Bernard, and the entire Hot Rod crew for really going above and beyond for little ‘ol us.  From the designs, to the merch production, to the man hours put in to this.  I appreciate all of it, and am humbled by it.  I’m definitely not worthy.  I also want to thank Kent and Daichi from solscience for taking these cool pics of the event.  I get caught up visiting with people, that I forget to take photos.  Enjoy these pics after the jump!

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Hot Rod x Under The Palms x The Authentic Era – Capsule Collection (Available Now!) @hotrodla #hrla

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We’re proud to announce this special limited-run collaboration with Los Angeles’ Hot Rod.  What started out as a pop-up shop event for our The Authentic Era project, has turned into something much more fun and exciting.  We’ve come up with a few bad ass graphics for the collection, which are available in 3 colorways of hats, and tees.  But wait, there’s more!  If you come to the event tonight from 5-10 PM, we’ll be doing an in-store exclusive t-shirt printing, utilizing some vintage Made In USA Vans tees from the early 90’s.  Once they’re gone…they’re gone.  Your chances of owning something cool like this will probably never happen again.  Support this cool project, and head on over to L.A.’s west side Vault by Vans dealer, Hot Rod, at 2253 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064.

For supporters who can’t make the event, you can still cop the hats and tees (coming soon) over on Hot Rod’s webstore!

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Vans Classics – Blocked Pack (Available Now!)

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With the coming of spring, Vans updates two of its core styles by way of the Blocked Pack, that re-imagines color-block design. The Authentic DX and Old Skool DX feature cotton twill canvas, UltraCush® HD insoles for added comfort and rich color-blocking to create an assortment of footwear for men and women.

Vans designers juxtapose classic white canvas against bright racing red, dark slate gray, classic black, deep coral and faint lavender across the Authentic DX and Old Skool DX. The rich color tones on the Authentic DX begin at the vamp and transition to the heel friction and foxing. The color-block detail on the Old Skool DX is carried over the vamp, quarter panel and leather Sidestripe with a minimal appearance on the heel friction and foxing. The sophisticated color combinations result in an optical effect that gives color-blocking a clean look with a contemporary twist.

Showcasing how Vans are not just one thing, the Classics Blocked Pack remains true to Vans iconic design across heritage footwear silhouettes. The pack retails for $60 – $65 USD and is available to shop in Vans retail stores and online at Vans.com now.

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Vans Partners with Chef Paul Kahan to Release Limited Footwear Capsule and Raise Awareness for Chicago Charity, Pilot Light

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Vans continues to foster the creative culture of the food industry by partnering with celebrated Chef Paul Kahan, and One Off Hospitality Group to showcase a footwear capsule, in conjunction with four of their Chicago restaurants: Publican Quality Meats, avec, Blackbird and Dove’s Luncheonette. A special event to highlight Kahan’s culinary creativity is set for April 1 at House of Vans Chicago and will raise money toward Pilot Light, a non-profit organization of which Kahan is a founding member.

Kahan’s accolades are many and Vans is proud to partner with the chef on a four-piece capsule that includes premium versions of Vans’ Classic silhouettes. The Old Skool, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On highlight colorways that are drawn directly from each restaurant’s aesthetic. A grey Old Skool speaks to the effortless Mediterranean style avec employs, while the Sk8-Hi highlights the diner setting of Dove’s Luncheonette, blending a retro and modern design to compliment the restaurant. The Classic Slip-On takes on design features from Publican Quality Meats and Blackbird with subtle pops of color that coordinate with their iconic logos. Each style features a contoured drop-in Vans UltraCush™ footbed for all-day maximum comfort, Vansguard™ canvas uppers to repel water, as well as dirt and slip-resistant, vulcanized lugged outsoles.

“I’ve worn Vans my whole life, and feel that skaters, cooks and musicians share a lot of culture and creativity. I’m excited to be part of that,” Kahan said. Despite accolades and adoration, Kahan’s biggest accomplishment remains his work as a mentor for young chefs. He works to foster empowerment, providing the resources necessary to grow, both as a chef and person.

To highlight the importance of food education, House of Vans Chicago will host an event, complete with a raffle, to raise awareness toward Pilot Light. Pilot Light, a nonprofit organization that helps children make healthier choices by connecting the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home and in their communities, directly works with local Chicago schools and provides an interactive way for children to learn about the importance of nutrition. The funds from the raffle will be used to support Pilot Light programming at local school, Mitchell Elementary, from now throughout 2018. In addition, House of Vans Chicago will host a performance by post-punk band, Preoccupations, which is open to public with RSVP at houseofvans.com.

“Vans’ ethos is driven by creative expression and our brand has been lucky enough to partner with a wide range of creative individuals that bring the ‘Off The Wall’ meaning to life,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Global Brand President. “Chefs like Paul exemplify creativity and Vans is honored to support his work in educating our youth that creative avenues exist through all professions.”

Chef Paul Kahan is passionately seasonal, unconventionally creative and dedicated to the inspiration of classical cuisine. Kahan has received international acclaim for Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria, Dove’s Luncheonette, Publican Quality Bread, Publican Tavern O’Hare and most recently, Publican Anker. Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs.

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