Vans Vault x The General DQM – Old Skool Mesh LX (7.1.17)

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This summer, The General presents a brand new style, debuting a full nylon mesh upper for the classic Old Skool skate silhouette. Made exclusively for The General store in New York City, the new Mesh Old Skool LX is inspired by mid-century architectural forms and modern sports garment fabrications, traditional sports uniform palettes and mid-century graphics. The shoe has a modern, minimal feel in solid colors paired with true white outsoles. The pared back styling includes a flat, embroidered sidestripe, matching color sock liner and cotton webbing heel pull. The shoes come with a tracer cord lace, which combined with the nylon mesh material gives the shoes a light-weight and subtly technical feel reminiscent of classic summer sports.

The Mesh Old Skool LX is available in black, white, navy and burgundy in men’s and women’s sizes and will release this Saturday, 1st July exclusively at The General in New York.

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Vans Vault x Stussy – Capsule Collection (6.24.17)

There are no two brands that epitomize Southern California street style more than Stüssy and Vans. It would make sense then that their relationship has been a long and fruitful one. Back when collaborations between companies were still a foreign concept to most, they unleashed their first joint creation, which is now highly coveted alongside all the other footwear they have since created. Where as in the past you might have seen more overt design motifs that signal Stussy or Vans, these shoes feel a bit more like a victory lap, a quiet celebration of the essential essence that makes each of these companies so special.

Each model is fabricated in premium leathers, 10 oz. Drill Canvas and Pig Skin, which combine to create a shoe that manages to look both tough and luxurious. The color palette is classic Stüssy, utilizing the dusty earth tones that have been a brand staple since they were first used in the iconic Beach Short way back in the 1980s. Leather waves of blue and rose intermingle with various shades of sand, creating shoes that look crafted by Mother Nature herself.

All of this is applied to Vans’ most beloved models, the OG Classic Slip-On LX, OG Old-Skool LX, and the OG Chukka LX in two varieties each. Each pair also boasts a classic checkered insole as well as a Stussy International branded stripe above the outer sole of each shoe. Truly this collaboration is a coup in the arena of classic design, it is impossible to think of any era in either the past or future where this group of footwear wouldn’t fit in beautifully with a range of personal styles.

The Stüssy Vans Collaboration will be available at all Stüssy Chapter Stores and stussy.com on Friday, June 23rd.

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Vans Vault x Engineered Garments – OG Classic Slip-On LX (Sold Out)

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Sorry for the late info on this one, but these have pretty much sold out as of today, when Nepenthes opened up phone orders.

Engineered Garments got together with Vans Vault again, to bring back their wildly popular mis-matched OG Classic Slip-On LXs.  This time, they went tonal.  Full tonal.  Totally tonal.  Moonrock, Olive Green, and Black tonal.  They’re minimal.  They’re simple.  They’re absolutely beautiful!  We hardly see EG Slips go up for resale, so if you’re on the hunt, then don’t think twice about clicking that “buy it now” button.

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Vault x Blends x Born Free – OG Sk8-Hi LX “Born Free 9” (6.27.17)

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Southern California-based boutique, Blends, does a follow up to last-year’s collaborative OG Old Skool LX with Born Free and Vans Vault for the Orange County motorcycle show’s ninth annual meet. For this project the trio take to the OG Sk8-Hi LX model in a vibrantly rich Blue canvas and suede upper makeup. The shoe maintains the same key elements as its predecessor with a Red, White, and Blue Jazz-Stripe; a translucent checkerboard outsole as well as cobranding elements on the shoes’ tongue and footbed inserts.

The Born Free x Blends x Vans Vault OG Sk8-Hi LX will be available only at Born Free 9 this Saturday/Sunday. For those who can’t make it to the show, Blends will also have them available on their site Tuesday, June 27th at 9AM PST.

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Photographers: Jayson Palacio / Gage Bantiles

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Vans Vault x Saint Alfred – OG Era LX (6.9.17) @saintalfred #saintalfred #PLSBLV

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Saint Alfred and Vans Vault team up once again, to bring us a new collab for their Summer 2017 collection.  Sticking with the classics, Saint Alfred chose the OG Era LX.  They wanted to pay homage to Vans’ iconic printed footwear with a considered, mixed print panel upper, the first being the OG tripe OG checkerboard pattern, and the second, a slimming pin stripe pattern which contrasts nicely.  The Vans Vault OG Era LX (STA) releases in Black, Burnt Olive and True Blue, exclusively at Saint Alfred and Kicks Hawaii on June 9th.  Retail is set at $60 USD.

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Vans Vault x Bodega – “Return of the Dragon” Caballero LX & Half Cab LX (6.3.17) @bdgastore #bodega

 

Vans and Bodega enter the dragon, so to speak, with a new collaborative release that combines the extraordinary feats of the dragon with the pay it forward spirit of the hóngbāo.  This is the first time that the Caballero signature model (aka the Full Cab) has been used in a collaboration with Vans Vault, and you can always expect Bodega to bring something original to the table.  The Vans Vault x Bodega Full Cab LX & Half-Cab LX, the signature shoes of the legendary Steve Caballero, are decked out in reptilian scales inspired by skateboarding’s very own flying dragon.  They also decided to include a few panels of pony hair to put the pack really over the top.  Chinese restaurant themed apparel, complete with take-out containers adds Bodega’s neighborhood spirit into the mix.  The hóngbāo included with every pair of shoes contain best wishes for everyone, but a few lucky recipients will get an extra windfall of good fortune.  All in all, the design for the pack is wild, and the earth-tones suit the overall aesthetic perfectly.  Great job Bodega, as usual!

The Bodega x Vans Vault ‘Return of the Dragon’ Pack releases on Saturday, June 3rd – available exclusively through Bodega at 11am EST both in-store and online. Retail is set at $155 for the Full Cab and $120 for the Half-Cab.

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Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi – TH Sk8 Skool LX (LBIFBACK Video Review!) #LBIFBACK

Our homie Daniel @akamedaniel aka LBIFBACK has a new video review out, on the new Vans Vault x Taka Hayashi Sk8 Skool LX in BLue Graphite.  This is a new silhouette from Taka, and it’s super dope.  Check out the video and subscribe to LBIFBACK on Youtube.

Vans Vault – UltraRange LX (Official Vans Info)

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Here’s some official info from Vans regarding the UltraRange LX:

“Debuting this spring, Vans celebrates the spirit of adventure with the introduction of the UltraRange, a versatile footwear innovation designed to traverse with you, wherever your wildest pursuits may lead. With a modern shape and new co-molded midsole construction, Vans’ UltraRange is engineered with fundamental design tenets that emphasize advanced comfort, lightweight traction, and superior mobility, empowering your journey from the ground up.

 Releasing worldwide May 20 through the exclusive Vault by Vans label, the limited-edition UltraRange UC LX model employs Vans’ next generation of footwear technology in a slim-profile, low top design, blending premium leathers and ballistic nylon textiles for enhanced durability. Offered in three classic monochromatic hues, the UltraRange debut is amplified by a unique partnership with select Vault by Vans retailers, engaging their vision to create striking visual campaigns inspired by themes of adventure, exploration, and discovery. Across varying creative pursuits ranging from a behind the scenes look into the making of a Bodega store editorial, a nostalgic portrait of a painting with Blends, or a rare sunny afternoon roving London with UK musician Leks Rivers and Foot Patrol, each partner conveys an insightful portrayal of the UltraRange in its natural exploratory element. To see more, visit Vans.com/vault.”

 UltraRange UC LX Features

Vans’ first-ever co-molded midsole merging UltraCush™ Lite foam cushioning with rubber inspired by Vans’ original waffle outsole for elevated comfort and versatility.

Seamless LuxLiner™ internal sock-fit construction for responsive shape.

Vans’ reverse waffle lug offering superior grip.

 With forthcoming releases to be announced throughout the year, the Vans UltraRange campaign embraces a life of exploration, enabling creative pursuits from all corners of the globe to inspire you to get there—new cities, new spots, new unknowns.

 Vault by Vans UltraRange Campaign Partners

 BODEGA (Boston)

BLENDS (LA)

DARKSIDE INITIATIVE (San Francisco)

SOLE CLASSIC (Columbus)

OFF THE HOOK (Montreal)

FOOT PATROL (London)

UP THERE STORE (Australia)

 

The Vault by Vans UltraRange UC LX is available Saturday, May 20 at select Vans retailers worldwide. Visit Vans.com/vault to learn more and to find additional retailers near you.

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Vans Vault – UltraRange UC LX (Blends’ Take On the “Get There” Campaign)

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Vans Vault has always been the vehicle for introducing new models to the Vans lineup.  With their limited availability and strategically placed accounts, they can utilize their partners to test the waters before diving into the deep end with a new idea.  The UltraRange UC LX is the latest new idea to be introduced to us, and I’m still trying to figure this thing out.  It’s obviously a utilitarian design, with a bit of tech and comfort involved.  The shoe features a rubberized toe cap and heel panel, with a combination of ballistic nylon and suede nubuck for the uppers.  The lining consists of a cotton-knit material for insulation from minor elements, as well as a gusseted tongue.  The UltraRange features a new UltraCUSH LITE EVA molded outsole, with an embedded gum hiker waffle tread perfect for those with an active lifestyle.  Round hiker laces and a sewn in heel pull finish off the outdoorsy aesthetic.

I’m the first to admit that I’m a Vans purist.  I love my classic silhouettes more than any other style.  The vulcanized rubber sidewalls are just too dope and iconic, but I can get behind new ideas if they’re done in good taste and with the right purpose behind them.  I’m not quite sure who these will be geared towards, but I can see these being a great choice when you have a full day of walking or hiking ahead of you.  We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.

Blends is one of only a handful of Vault dealers who will be offering this new model, and with that, they created this lookbook and video, featuring L.A. artist Aaron Jupin.  Here’s their concept:

“Artist Aaron Jupin walks us through his latest piece. A nostalgic painting in which he depicts a skewed perspective of his parents’ house through the imaginary lens of his fireplace. A humanly impossible perspective that Aaron states is often seen in film and animated motion pictures. Through this visual essay, in partnership with Vans Vault, we define the campaign mantra “Get There” as Aaron puts the finishing touches on his latest painting and reflects on his childhood and the stages of life that have lead him to his profession as an artist based in Los Angeles, CA.”

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Vans Vault x Alyx – Collection (May 2017)

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Words via Officemagazine:

“Remember in middle school when you would draw all over your Vans?

In their new collaboration, the iconic skate shoe brand and ALYX creative director/designer Matthew Williams worked together to capture this youthful spirit and carefree energy, and to blend the ‘ready-to-wear’ fashion and accessories collection with breezy, California street culture. 

Featuring three classic styles—the OG Sk8-Hi, OG Authentic, and the OG Style 36, each in two colorways—the collection celebrates Vans’ legacy while updating it with several ALYX details including the signature ALYX lighter caps, lurex laces, and logos on the shoelace tips. 

The collection, retailing from $120-$195, is available now at Opening Ceremony and at other retailers and alyxstudio.com the week of May 22.”

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