Vans is crossing the pond for its latest collaboration. The company is partnering with British design house Eley Kishimoto, known for its bold prints, for a collection of wearable art that uses Vans’ footwear, apparel and accessories as a canvas. The Vans x Eley Kishimoto collection launches globally this month.
The husband-and-wife team of Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto worked with Vans to apply two of their archive designs across the collection as well as introduce three exclusive prints designed for Vans.
Utilizing their signature graphic print, Eley Kishimoto reinterpreted Vans’ Waffle Sole and Checkerboard pattern to create exclusive footwear prints. While the Waffle Sole is typically an imprint, the design team translated it into a 3D interpretation, dubbed the Whopping Waffle, that adorns the low-top Era in bright blue.
The Checkerboard is transformed into the Drums print, which combines deconstructed checks with tribal motifs. It 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 print created for Vans explores an abstract urban playground, known as the Bumpy Road, on the Authentic silhouette. Rounding out the footwear assortment for men and women are two of Eley Kishimoto’s treasured archive designs, including the Flash print and Magnolia Hysteria.
In celebration of the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Living Art collection, Vans will host Print the House events around the world, which kick off on July 11 at House of Vans London as the Eley Kishimoto team takes over the Old Vic Tunnels with visual displays and art installations. The launch will then move on to Seoul, Korea, on July 17.
Prices for the collection range from $15 to $70.