November 26th, 2019
VAULT BY VANS: DAMIEN HIRST
The latest addition to the Vault by Vans is a celebration of art and our commitment to inspiring those who value self-expression above all else. Discover the special footwear collection made in partnership with world-renowned artist Damien Hirst and the iconic Las Vegas Palms Casino Resort.
“It’s fabulous to be collaborating with Palms and Vans on this project,” said Hirst. “I’ve always loved Vans and the artwork works brilliantly on these shoes. I can’t wait for people to see them. It’s amazing for an artist to have the sort of freedom Palms and Vans have given me.”
The six-piece collection features some of Hirst’s most recognizable motifs including spots, butterflies, spin paintings and skulls on Vans’ classic silhouettes, the Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On.
The Classic Slip-On VLT LX is presented in three renditions -- one draped in cool grey uppers with butterflies and a detail from one of Hirst’s iconic spin paintings on the side quarter panel. The second style covers the right shoe with colored spots inspired by Hirst’s spot paintings and the left shoe with Vans’ iconic checkerboard print. Lastly, the final Slip-On offering features a Hirst spin skull design covering the uppers with black side panels. For the three Sk8-Hi Reissue VLT LX styles, the first features a canvas upper with an all-over spot pattern, the second with the butterfly design and the third with the spin skull design. Each design features molded foxing tape and a custom footbed.
This exclusive collaboration continues Palms’ unique partnership with Hirst, which includes the “Empathy Suite”, one of the world’s most expensive suites, and “Unknown” the resort’s center bar featuring Hirst’s The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) a 13-foot-long tiger shark divided into three parts.
“Art has been a strong focus of the guest experience at Palms and we have inserted works from both established artists such as Hirst to newer, emerging artists in nearly every detail of the property,” said Tal Cooperman, Creative Director at Palms Casino Resort. “I could not think of a better partner to continue our collaboration with Hirst than Vans, a fashion trailblazer that also heralds the importance of art’s position in today’s culture.”
The Vault by Vans x Damien Hirst collection will be available on Friday, December 6 exclusively at the Vault by Vans retail store located at 219 Bowery in New York City and the Palms Casino Resort, located at 4321 W Flamingo Rd in Las Vegas.