How Vault by Vans Designer Taka Hayashi Created the Cool Laser Etchings on the Latest Collection

Vans is winding down its 50th anniversary year with one last standout collaboration.

For the holiday season, the brand’s Vault by Vans team joined up with Brooks England (the 150-year-old leather goods company based in Smethwick, England) on a series of premium sneakers and accessories.

Among the items in the collection are deluxe versions of the Sk8-Hi sneaker and the Classic Slip-On style, as well as a canvas shoulder bag and leather cycling saddle.

Brooks England Vault by Vans
The TH OG Classic Slip-On LX style from the Brooks England x Vault by Vans collab collection.
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Brooks England Vault by Vans
The TH OG Sk8-Hi LX sneaker from the Brooks England x Vault by Vans collab.
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All of the pieces feature intricate laser etchings created by longtime Vault by Vans designer Taka Hayashi, who drew inspiration from both of the brands’ unique personalities.

From Brooks, for instance, he drew on its history of leather craftsmanship and expertise in the cycling world. And from California-based Vans, he adopted traditional Southwestern motifs for the etching designs.

Brooks England x Vault by Vans
Vault by Vans designer Taka Hayashi created a luxe cycling saddle as part of the collab with Brooks England.
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Brooks England Vault by Vans
Vault by Vans designer Taka Hayashi in his workspace.
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The Brooks x Vault by Vans collection is available online through Brooksengland.com, and also through select Vault retailers such as Kith and Odin in New York. The Sk-8 Hi style is priced at $220 and the Slip-On is retailing for $188, while the shoulder bag is going for $300 and the saddle is $188.

Throughout this year, the Vault by Vans team has released several successful collaborations, including a collection with American leather company Horween and with British umbrella brand Undercover London.

Meanwhile, the company also went all out to mark its 50th anniversary with concerts and events throughout the country.

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