Vans announces Limited Edition Vault by Vans collection with Takashi Murakami

Having already teamed up with the likes of TWOTHIRDS, Sneakersnstuff and Taka Hayashi earlier in the year, Vans has announced a new forthcoming collaborative effort with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

Known for his vibrant anime-inspired artworks that often incorporate motifs from Japanese traditional and popular culture, Murakami’s personal liking for wearing Vans’ classic Slip-On during work helped bring about this partnership, which will see a premium range of limited edition footwear, apparel and skate decks released in late June.

For more information on this collaboration, pick up the latest issue of the HYPEBEAST Magazine, in which certain details of this upcoming collection were revealed.

Opening Ceremony x Vans 2015 Spring/Summer Classic Slip-Ons

Bold, irreverently luxurious and perhaps most of all, gorgeous, the new collaboration from Opening Ceremony and Vans is a footwear equivalent of the dressed-down (and loaded) girl next door. Four iterations of Vans’ classic Slip-On have been released for Spring/Summer 2015, featuring an array of high-end materials including crocodile, lizard, and even caviar-textured leather throughout the uppers. The sneakers also feature special OC branding at the heel, subtly staking claim on this special silhouettes.

Pick up these special releases now from Opening Ceremony’s online store.

Taka Hayashi x Vault by Vans 2015 Spring TH Court Lo LX Collection

White Mountaineering (Japan) x Vans Classic Slip-On

SOPHNET. (Japan) x Vans Sk8-Hi Zip Up

The definitive Vans Sk8-Hi shoe is a wardrobe staple due to its durability, wearability and comfort factor. The original lace-up high-top is reimagined by SOPHNET. in the new Vans Sk8-Hi Zip Up which manages to put a modern twist on a classic without changing the fundamentals of what made this shoe quintessential in the first place.

Set for release on December 6, it has a navy cotton canvas upper with calf suede details, the signature waffle outsole and the addition of a zipper entry point at the heel. This update sees a fan favorite that retains the appeal of the original but just makes them easier to get on before running out the door.

The SOPHNET. x Vans Sk8-Hi Zip Up will be available this Saturday, December 6 for ¥13,000 JPY (approximately $108 USD).

Guangzhou (China) House of Vans 2014 Recap

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The last stop of the House of Vans Asia tour concluded in the city of Guangzhou, providing a three-day program of diverse cultural offerings to the local community, as well as tourists alike. Although Guangzhou may not be the first place to spring to mind when one thinks of creative locales in China, the illustrious city has long been leading the line in economic and cultural developments, yearning only for a platform to showcase the creativity it has to offer. House of Vans provided this platform, where multiple workshops grounded in art and expression brought together the like-minded community and even mothers who took their infants to experience the occasion.

Kicking off the first day were renowned photographers Tobin Yelland and Lele Saveri, teaching students the art of self-publishing through DIY zine classes. Shanghai art duo Idle Beats carried on the momentum by educating design and illustration students on the entire process of making a screen print, from design to creation, and finally printing a custom tote bag. Taking a different approach than to the previous House of Vans events to represent the more edgy side of expression, tattoo artists from Sunrat Tattoo in Korea and famed Chengdu-based artist Keke offered up free tattoos of which were well-received, causing local kids to line up in front of the venue from the early morning hours in a bid for some free ink.

A House of Vans event would not be complete without a slew of talented local and international music acts. Thus, the evening portion of the festivities saw Hong Kong-based punk rock drummer Kevin Boy open the stage to pave the way for Beijing indie/synth band The Big Wave. The first night was then capped off with Montreal indie dance band We Are Wolves, which ended everything off in climactic fashion and made sure the crowd stayed dancing into the early hours of the morning. Saturday night showcased a more hip-hop-laden roster as local crew Chee Productions successfully whipped the packed house into a frenzy by bringing out a surprise performance by Beijing’s MC J Fever. However, the next act that followed was arguably the highlight of the evening, where special guest Pusha T performed a full set of his most popular songs and verses, from the likes of ‘Grindin” to G.O.O.D Music tune ‘Mercy.’ The musical performances did not stop there though and DJ duo Two Fresh brought things to a close with an explosive performance. Sunday night also saw a rap-infused event and an MC battle by the Iron Mic brought together a plethora of young aspiring artists to battle it out in front of friends and family.

Notwithstanding what Vans is predominantly known for, the three-day event also provided a program of skateboarding activities open to all. Independent skate/surf photographer Leong Zhang took out a crew of young photographers to give them insights into the intricacies required for shooting skating activities. Using the Vans China/Hong Kong skate team as the subjects for the class, the participants took note of the details and angles that transform a great photo into a legendary photo. Two days of skate contests for amateurs and pros were also offered as Chongqing artist Panda and local graffiti crew Dickid created a monster 6-meter tall, Sk8-Hi-inspired set filled with a mammoth quarter-pipe as well as street obstacles painted by American artist Rich Jacobs. The much-anticipated jam-format contests brought out the pro’s representing five local skate brands: Vagabond, 8FIVE2, HKit, Symbolic and Hero, who all battled it out to take home the winnings. After impressive displays of tricks and creativity from all those involved, it was the 8FIVE2 team from Hong Kong that took the title for best street run and Shenzhen-based team Vagabond winning the best quarter-pipe jam.

Enjoy the recap above and head over to House of Vans Asia for more information regarding the events, while you can also check out recaps of the previous stops in the tour here.

 

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Taka Hayashi x Vault by Vans 2014 Holiday TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX

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Taka Hayashi and Vault by Vans supplement this season’s drops with a premium take on the Mid Skool. Offered in a trio of colorways, Hayashi’s deluxe mid-top features intricate details throughout, coupling diamond-embossed quarter panels with accent-stitched ankle counters, herringbone-molded toe bumpers and pressed midsoles.

Available in Honey, Light Grey and Total Eclipse colorways of leather, suede and nubuck, the TH Sk8 Mid Skool LX is set to hit Vault stockists this October for $140 USD.