Vans Unveils Takashi Murakami x Vault by Vans Collection
The highly anticipated collaboration between Vault by Vans and Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami has finally been unveiled. Internationally renowned for his vibrant paintings, sculptures and designs, Murakami gained widespread fame when he collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a collection, at the invitation of then Creative Director Marc Jacobs in 2002. In 2007, Murakami designed the cover for Kanye West’s Graduation album, and has continually produced collaborative work with high fashion brands and artists. His work has appeared around the globe, and will now appear in the streetwear and skate spheres in partnership with Vans.
The Vault by Vans x Takashi Murakami collaboration brings forth an artistic assortment of apparel and skate decks for release in late June. Murakami’s anime-influenced aesthetic is renowned for its incorporation of lively colors, shapes and imagery inspired by traditional Japanese art and pop culture. Now generally recognized as a “Superflat” form, a term coined by Murakami, his work is known for blurring the lines between high and low art. For fall 2015, two of Murakami’s recurring motifs – the smiling flower and skull patterns – are brought to life in a limited edition selection of Slip-Ons, skateboard decks and tees.
For the footwear capsule, Murakami presents the Classic Slip-On, in 6 adult, unisex colorways alongside a trio of toddler-sized offerings. The first half of the adult assortment features the recognizable smiling flower print in blue, multi-colored and silver line variations while the second half highlights the allover skull arrangement in a darker blue, yellow and gold line color-ups.
Murakami’s own dog, Pom, makes a cameo on the footbed of each Slip-On as she sits atop the Vans skateboard logo. The toddler-sized shoes from the collection are stylized in a more subdued set of color-ups that feature single image prints Murakami’s flower, skull and Pom on each toe vamp.
The Vault by Vans x Takashi Murakami collaboration includes three graphic styles of shirts and skateboard decks. The tees highlight the smiling flower in a multicolored collage, the skull stamp in an allover silver outline and Murakami himself on a blue background. The skateboard decks feature the same patterns on their undersides while Pom makes an additional cameo on the wood-finished topside of each deck.