Mitch Abshere, the creative force behind Captain Fin Co. can be seen as either a surf world visionary or a guy who lives in a van down by the river. Regardless, there’s no doubt that he has brought fun to the fin through creative graphics, unique athletes and bold attitude.
This fall, Vans turns again to the Captain at the helm for the second installment of Vans x Captain Fin. As a youthful, aspirational surf brand, Captain Fin Co. emphasizes the fun in functional, taking the most practical of surf gear, and making it far cooler.
Abshere dives deep into Vans heritage with the new Vans x Captain Fin collection, offering a bold collection of footwear and apparel which embody both brands unique styles, and inherit a fresh perspective of classic surf style for fall.
The first of three footwear offerings is the Vans x Captain Fin Old Skool, showcasing the tried and true Sidestripe, a classic icon all its own. The Old Skool is joined by two Surf Sider styles, the Vans x Captain Fin Fairhaven and the Thresher Sandal. The Fairhaven is a chukka- inspired Surf Sider built with premium textiles including leather and suede, and features the essential removable and washable UltraCush Eco footbed. The Thresher, a longtime staple of Surf Sider sandals, is offered in two styles – striped or checkerboard, both with an ergonomic brushed EVA strap, signature collaboration graphics, and a non-slip rubber outsole.
And the collection doesn’t stop there. Somewhere between designing fins for Dane Reynolds and Joel Tudor, the Captain found the time to create a thoughtful collection of apparel pieces including two illustrative tees, most notably the very Southern California “Stay Glassy.” Trademark style is underscored in the Captain Fin Boardshort, featuring a 19” outseam and 2-way stretch design that combines Vans DNA with both checkerboard and stripes on each panel. The Captain Fin Backpack, a 35-litre military-inspired rucksack is complete with canvas TPE Backing – a necessary companion for your next road trip. Finally, inspired by Captain Fin Co.’s inimitable flair, accessories like the Captain Fin Bucket Hat and the Captain Fin beanie top off the collection as the final accouterment to the ever-stylish Vans x Captain Fin ensemble.