Vans is partnering with esteemed record label, art house, and cultural incubator, Ghostly International, for a collaborative project in celebration of their 20th anniversary. Utilizing Vans’ Classic silhouettes, the collection merges Vans’ timeless aesthetic with Ghostly’s iconic label logo adorned across both the Slip-On and Sk8-Hi. The collection is available online and in select retailers.
“We think of each of our over 500 releases as collaborations between artists, and we’re happy to work with a legendary brand like Vans. They’ve always had music and creativity at their core. The chance to design shoes with them is a dream come true,” says Ghostly founder and creative director Sam Valenti.
For this collaboration, the Slip-on blends Ghostly’s label logo in true white alongside a reflective print across the entire shoe canvas. The Sk8-Hi also centers around the label’s logo, featuring a reflective print on the quarters and eye row with the addition of a matte finish on the eyelets. The effect is similar to Ghostly’s aim to evolve and change with each impression.
In addition to the footwear, Vans and Ghostly build on their existing event partnerships in September and October, including a Ghostly Knowledge Share workshop, which aims to connect young aspiring creatives alongside established artists to introduce them to new avenues in music and art.
Wednesday September 25: Ghostly Knowledge Share @ Bodega, Downtown LA
The eve of the record label’s 20th anniversary, Ghostly International is hosting their first-ever West Coast edition of Ghostly Knowledge Share. The event takes place from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at Bodega in Los Angeles and features Ghostly-affiliated artists Mary Lattimore, Shigeto, Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and Will Wiesenfeld (Geotic/Baths).
The objective of Ghostly Knowledge Share (GKS) is to offer a first-hand opportunity for developing musicians and professionals of all ages to engage with Ghostly artists and help demystify the process by which one begins and flourishes in the field.
This event will include live demos by Mary Lattimore (47-String Cocert Grand Pedal Harp) and Josh Eustis (Ableton Live, Ableton Push 2 controller, Max/MSP) plus a panel with all three artists discussing their experiences and insight as a musician — including recording, performing, touring, and otherwise making a living in this industry.
If you are interested in participating in GKS please fill out the below form to give us a better idea of your current projects and interests. Once you have filled this out someone from the Ghostly team will be in touch.
The event is followed by an open community gathering from 8pm - 11pm with music provided by Geotic (DJ).
Saturday October 19, Ghostly @ Metro & Smartbar, Chicago
Ghostly’s 20th-anniversary celebration takes over Chicago on Saturday, October 19th, in partnership with Vans. First, the live music institution Metro hosts performances by Ghostly artists and friends including TOBACCO, Shigeto, DRAMA and Steve Hauschildt. Learn More
Next, the crew moves downstairs to Smartbar for a run of dance-minded music primed for late night featuring DJ sets by Ciel, Galcher Lustwerk and Shigeto b2b Charles Trees, plus a rare live set by JTC. Buy Tickets at Smartbar Chicago