As Vans celebrates its 50th anniversary and WTAPS approaches its 20th year, both brands honor their milestones by rereleasing the coveted Bones motif across a collection of Vault by Vans Original Classics.
Welcome to the spring 2016 Vault by Vans Classic Originals collection. Vault by Vans Original Classics are a nod to Vans’ rich design heritage and feature the same builds as their first size runs from decades ago.
This month delivers a curated collection of pony hair and deluxe leather uppers across a six piece assortment featuring the OG Slip-On 59 LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX. The meticulous application of zebra, leopard and pony hair across the OG's creates a unique product with the Off The Wall style.
The Checkerboard is a sacred emblem in Vans’ 50-year history, appearing on cherished footwear forms from their early beginning under the family-owned Van Doren Rubber Company to its modern-day status as a global icon in action sports, music, fashion and art.
The “Checkered Past” collection pays tribute to this design heritage with a series of Original Classic styles and Leather Checker Bags.
Vault by Vans brings to life some of Williams’ coveted paintings such as the “Flaming Cobras”, “Malfeasance” and “Jalapeña” on a trio of footwear silhouettes and three deluxe shirts.
In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, diverse forms of popular art appeared to be developing into a formidable faction of new painted realism. His alternative art movement found a kindred spirit in one of America’s most maligned underground artists, painter Robert Williams. It was he who brought the term “lowbrow” into the fine arts lexicon with his groundbreaking 1979 book, The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams.
Deeply rooted in a philosophy derived from Japanese master craftsmen, WTAPS takes an approach to design that strives to recognize the essence of the items that comprise the material world and realize their hidden potential.
For this month’s Vault by Vans x WTAPS project, the stitched Bones pattern resurfaces on black/white and olive/white executions of the OG Sk8-Hi LX, OG Chukka Boot LX and OG Authentic LX. In addition to the reissue, an Anaconda-inspired leather pack rounds off the Vault by Vans x WTAPS fall 2016 offering with three new colorways.