To celebrate International Women’s Day, Vans partnered with the iconic curator of culture, Sarah Andelman, to highlight the voices and creativity of inspiring women around the world. Through their craft, Julia Chiang, Fumiko Imano, Sindiso Khumalo, and Soko tell a powerful visual narrative through a collection of footwear, apparel, and accessories.

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Multidisciplinary artist Julia Chiang lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She often works with paint and ceramics, creating detailed repetitious marks and forms that not only reveal, but also celebrate, imperfection. Chiang’s work has been exhibited internationally at places such as The Modern Institute in Glasgow, Nanzuka in Tokyo, Colette in Paris, and the Deitch Projects in New York.


French musician, actress, and mother, Soko has been twice nominated each for both the César Award and the Lumières Award for her work in film. Since first launching a career as a musician in 2012, she has released three albums and come into her own as an artist who makes sunny yet intimate and emotional songs, and has been featured on the cover of countless magazines as she reached the top of the Billboard charts. A figure known for her remarkable access to emotion, Soko’s music expands on an investigation into the façades and social conditioning that repress emotions.


Artist Fumiko Imano grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from ages two to eight, and now currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. She studied fine art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and fashion styling and photography at the London College of Fashion. Publishing her art in exhibitions and magazines both domestically and internationally, Imano has also released a number of works including We Oui! (Little Big Man Books, 2017) and has been featured in numerous publications worldwide, including her collaborations since 2018 with LOEWE.


Sindiso Khumalo is a sustainable fashion textile designer based in Cape Town, South Africa. A Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design graduate, she founded her label in 2014 with a passion to create a sustainable brand with a strong focus on African storytelling. Her designs tell a story about Africa and women empowerment. She was a joint prize winner of the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers in 2020, and in the same year was the recipient of the Green Carpet Emerging Designer Award.


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