American action sports brand Vans and British fashion brand Vivienne Westwood have created a line of footwear capsules that advocate fearless individualism and liberation. The exclusive collection reinterprets the iconic Westwood archive print, graphics and house design to reflect the six classic silhouettes of Vans. Although the Vans x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania collection was only released in stores and online on September 20th, the brand has released pictures on Friday.
The Vans x Vivian Westwood capsule line includes the shoes “Sk8-Hi”, “Sk8-Hi-Plateau”, “Checkerboard Slip-On”, “Style#53”, “Old Skool” and “Authentic”. Each of them is done in a designer’s “VW” letter combination, with a retail price of 70 to 145 euros (about 75 to 160 dollars / 60 to 130 pounds).
“Sk8-Hi” is a tribute to the birthplace of each brand, featuring the embossed mark from Southern California to the handwritten letter of the Videnne Westwood London flagship store at 44 Cadend Street, London. Sk8-Hi is equipped with natural vegetable dye tan leather, with printed stamps and a leather outsole listed on the date of the collaboration.
The model “Sk8-Hi-Plateau” was inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s pirate boots, which was first introduced in 1981 as part of the legendary pirate series. Therefore, the design of the shoes uses key design instructions on the boots, such as the tan plant dye buckle in the form of high heels.
The “Checkerboard Slip-On” also combines the history of the two brands, with Vans’ classic checkerboard pattern and Vivienne Westwood’s “Destroy” graphics – the brand logo that debuted in 1977. “Westwood has overturned the intent of the changing Checkerboard. The design includes a larger scale check of the diagonal applied to the upper,” the brand explained in a press release on Friday.
The “No. 53 Style” in Vans’s 90s archives revived the lazy-style pullover. It has a black suede upper with a black outsole and a Vivienne Westwood colored metal ball.
Vivienne Westwood’s signature logo – spherical and lightning – is also decorated in the “old Skool” style, made from oxblood suede and canvas with contrasting mustard Suture and adhesive sole.
Like “Old Skool”, “Authentic” also has the function of sphere and lightning, and is presented in a new vivid sky blue color scheme, specially designed for cooperation.
The six models of the Vans x Vivian Westwood capsule line will be available in select stores and online starting Friday.