August 9 2021
Vault by Vans x Aries Collection
Available September 11 at Vault by Vans Retail Locations
Vault by Vans is proud to announce a collaboration with Aries. Founded as a celebration of subcultures, female-focused streetwear and modern creativity, Aries blends modern graphic storytelling with a vintage americana feel and nostalgic sportswear staples.
While studying fashion at the famed Central Saint Martins, Italian-born Sofia Prantera discovered her passion for rave culture and other communities that eschewed traditional fashion rules in favor of their own creative expression. That was the inspiration behind Aries, which Sofia launched in 2010 as a follow-up to her first brands, Holmes and Silas.
“When working at Slam City Skates we had a vintage “customize your own Vans” poster which seemed to allow you to mix and match prints for every part of the shoe. We wanted the collaboration to follow this accidental recipe; same colours don’t quite match like they have been made of found pieces of material; graphics and logos are incoherent; random apocalyptic stories appear on the soles; while the phrase “go your own way” and “Art Trip” reinforce the message of individuality and rule breaking that is shared by both brands.” – Sofia Prantera
Aries’ head-to-toe Vault by Vans capsule aims for an authentic deadstock feel, with a six-shoe footwear collection alongside curated apparel and accessories.
Leading the footwear collection is the OG Authentic LX, Vans’ first shoe in two vibrant colorways. The Weed Muted colorway features a multicolor marijuana leaf-inspired pattern on the uppers with pink, black and yellow striped laces, an Aries branded typographic foxing stripe, yellow color blocking on the vulcanized sole and art nouveau bordered text sidewall art.
The Tiger Muted style features an allover black tiger stripe on the tie-dye uppers and white sidewall, yellow color blocking on the sole, yellow black and white striped laces, and an orange typographic Aries branded foxing stripe. A fuchsia heel stripe and teal “Off The Wall” heel logo add additional pops of color, while Aries branding carries over via subtle lettering in the tiger stripe.
The collection also features the OG Sk8-Mid LX in brighter versions of the Weed and Tiger colorways and the Authentic LX and OG Chukka LX in Tie Dye with Aries tiger stripe sidewall art.
In apparel, the Vault by Vans x Aries Art Trip Hoodie features a bold ’80s inspired typographic cross on the back in orange and yellow gradient, with a hybrid of Vans’ logo housed within Aries’ signature columns and roof on the front chest. Novelty drawcords complete the look. A multicolor short sleeve tie-dyed tee also features the collaboration logo on the chest, with a large, inverted iteration on the back. A knit jacquard beanie boasts oversized Vans and Aries logos, also inverting the Vans logo for a “goes against the grain” vibe. All styles are screen printed and Made in the USA or Italy.
The Vault by Vans x Aries collaboration will be available September 11, 2021 at Vault by Vans retail locations.
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