INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE! Just ask Ellen Bennett, Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, the Los Angeles-based apron company for chefs and makers. Her philosophy that “collaboration is the way” helped to inspire the new, limited-edition capsule collection with Vans, celebrating the maker in all of us.
Hedley & Bennett began in the kitchen, creating aprons that reflect the pride and dignity of makers passionate about food. But soon the business morphed into something greater, reaching kindred maker-spirits in other creative pursuits from potters to painters to ceramicists to carpenters. And as the brand’s celebration of creativity continues to evolve, a Vans collaboration couldn’t come at a better time. Launching today at select retailers in North America, this exclusive collab is a result of the two brands’ mutual admiration for their creative spirit, hustle and ability to help industrious makers do what they love all day—without sacrificing comfort or personal style.
For this collection, Vans introduces two “Made for the Makers” footwear styles: The Classic Slip-On and Sk8-Hi, plus an exclusive Hedley & Bennett apron featuring Vans’ iconic checkerboard pattern. Both footwear styles feature all-over navy Vansguard canvas uppers to hide spills and stains, rainbow lugged outsoles for increased grip and traction, as well as contoured drop-in UltraCush sockliners for maximum all-day comfort. As an ode to Hedley & Bennett’s bright and cheerful aesthetic, pops of orange are featured across the top eyelets, and the footbeds form the Hedley & Bennett signature ampersand.
"The rainbow soles of these shoes were inspired by the rainbow-painted wall outside the apron factory, which is the first thing you see when you arrive at Hedley & Bennett,” said Ellen Bennett. “The pops of color are symbolic of creativity and the fact that creativity is the magic in your every day. Transferring that onto the soles of the shoes literally imbues the soles with soul; they're subtle on the exterior, but there's a reminder underneath it all to be unique, be whimsical, be you. Whatever your hustle is, this collection is a reminder that you have the tools, and gear, to go after it."
To complete the collection, Vans and Hedley & Bennett created an apron that combines the iconic checkerboard print with Hedley & Bennett’s sturdy and functional details. The apron is made with Hedley & Bennett’s best-selling Pho fabric and includes subtle pops of orange and blue details. For this special Vans edition of Hedley & Bennett 's bestselling Pho style, the apron utilizes Taiwanese Stretch denim and includes a double pen chest pocket, as well as two lap pockets, an adjustable neck strap and black, brass hardware.
This is truly a collection for the hustler in all of us. Now get out there and make it happen! The collection will be available online at Vans (Sk8-Hi and Slip-On only) and Hedley & Bennett, as well as in select J.Crew Men’s and Nordstrom locations beginning in September.
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