September 8, 2015
Vans is on a roll with their latest collaboration. They’ve teamed up with British fashion and design house Eley Kishimoto for a collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. Graphic prints have been their defining mark, covering almost every surface they can get their hands on with them. The husband and wife design duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto first met in 1989 while they were on work placement in New York. Just three years later, they got married and founded the house and living by the maxim, “Print the World”. For this collab, Eley Kishimoto made use of two of their archive designs (“Flash” and “Magnolia” prints) across the collection, along with three exclusive prints specially designed for Vans.
The iconic “Flash” print are injected into the men’s collection of short-sleeve button downs, raglan tees, socks, backpacks and a reversible bucket hat whereas the women’s apparel like dresses, tees, totes, accessories and a lightweight reversible parka feature the “Magnolia Hysteria” design. The other three exclusive prints – the “Whooping Waffle”, “Drums” and “Bumpy Road designs – are interpreted on some of Vans’ classic shoe models, like the low-top Era, the Hanelei Sandal, the Sk8-Hi Slim and more.
Watch the collection come to life in an animated video by Bucky Hukumoto, staring Vans skate team rider, Lizzie Armanto, and friends:
The Vans x Eley Kishimoto “Living Art” Collection will be available at all Vans stores from mid-September. $20-$129.