VANS: You’ve partnered with Pendleton a few times now. How was this approach different from previous projects?
TAKA HAYASHI: On this Pendleton project for Fall ’15, I had an opportunity to design a blanket from the ground up. I incorporated the patterns, colors, and details from my painting but stayed true to Pendleton’s heritage. I went through many sketches and design variations to where I thought it was a perfect balance. It was very interesting learning the process of blanket design. With my previous Pendleton project in 2010, I designed the upper silhouette according to the existing blanket pattern I chose from their archive.
VANS: Each shoe size will be unique based on the way the blanket pattern was used on it. Can you tell us about that?
TAKA HAYASHI: I had to balance the pattern to each shoe size, since it was going to be seen as a blanket as well as be cut to fit a shoe panel. The blanket has different patterns throughout—Native geometric shapes, parts of an eagle, stripes, circles, or unique colorways. The TH Sk8 Huarache and Slip-On each have 12 variations in colors and patterns … it was like fitting pieces into a puzzle.
VANS: If there is one thing about this project that you would want to share with everyone, what would that be?
TAKA HAYASHI: I’ve been a long-time fan of Pendleton and it was a dream of mine to design a blanket pattern.