Vans has found a new design partner — edgy Brit designer Vivienne Westwood.
Westwood is putting her unique spin on a series of classic Vans’ styles using her archive prints and graphics under the Vans x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania collection. Included in the offering is the Sk8-Hi, Sk8-Hi Platform, Checkerboard Slip-on, Style #53, Old Skool and Authentic.
The Sk8-Hi uses embossed markings of a handwritten letter set from Southern California to Westwood’s flagship boutique in London. It features a a leather-bound outsole and a natural vegetable-dyed tan leather, printed postage stamp that records the collaboration’s launch date.
The “Authentic” style showcases the Vivienne Westwood orb and lightning bolt print from the designer’s collection of house prints.
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The Sk8-Hi Platform takes inspiration from Westwood’s Pirate boot, first presented in 1981 as part of her legendary Pirate collection, using a tan buckled strap.
The Checkerboard pattern is layered with Westwood’s Destroy graphic, brand signatures that both debuted in 1977.
The collaboration is not the first time the designer has stepped into the world of sneakers. In April, she collaborated with Asics, reworking styles from both Asics and Asics Tiger, with new releases set to drop through the year.
Westwood began designing in 1971. By the end of the decade, she was a symbol of avant-garde British design. She presented her first runway show in London in 1981, then turned her attention to traditional Savile Row tailoring techniques.
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