Vans teams up with British design house Eley Kishimoto, a brand known for its bold, vibrant prints, to launch a collection of wearable art with Vans footwear, apparel and accessories as the canvas to these imaginative designs.

Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, husband and wife design duo, founded Eley Kishimoto together in 1992 living by the maxim Print the World. Working alongside Vans’ design team, Eley Kishimoto applied two of their archive designs across the collection and introduces three exclusive prints, designed specially for Vans and it is so good!

The Vans x Eley Kishimoto collection comes to life in ready-to-wear silhouettes for both men and women. A five-piece installment ranging from short-sleeve button downs, raglan tees, socks, backpacks and a reversible bucket hat are available in Eley Kishimoto’s Flash print. Women’s apparel compliments the men’s line showcasing Eley Kishimoto’s Magnolia Hysteria print on simple, feminine silhouettes ranging from a dress, tees, totes, accessories and a lightweight reversible parka. What I love most about this collection, is how fun it is! Really is 'living art' and whilst giving the's Vans pieces Eley Kishimoto makeover, it keeps the unisex feel I have always liked about Vans apparel alive!

Utilising their signature graphic print aesthetic, Eley Kishimoto reinterprets the quintessential Vans Waffle Sole and Checkerboard pattern to create footwear prints exclusively for Vans. The Waffle Sole is usually only seen as an imprint, but Eley Kishimoto translates that iconic step into a 3D interpretation dubbed the ‘Whopping Waffle’ that adorns the low-top Era in bright blue. The iconic Vans Checkerboard is transformed into the energetic ‘Drums’ print, which combines deconstructed checks with tribal motifs. The Drums print 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 original print created for Vans explores an abstract urban playground, known as the ‘Bumpy Road’, which is collaged on the Authentic. Rounding out the footwear assortment for men and women are two of Eley Kishimoto’s treasured archive designs including their iconic Flash print and the feminine flourish of Magnolia Hysteria.

The Vans x Eley Kishimoto collection launches globally this month, you can shop the collection online and at Vans retail stores. Watch living art come to life in an animated video by Bucky Hukumoto staring Vans skate team rider, Lizzie Armanto and friends and check out some more imagery of the collection below. I'm a big fan!




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