Words via KicksHawaii:
“We saw this project as an opportunity to continue the journey of our Mynah Bird mascot (which was born from our Stussy x KICKS/HI collaboration this past summer 2014). This KICKS/HI x Vans Vault collaboration tells a main “old school to new school” story which begins with the “old school” OG SK8-HI LX, utilizing the original SK8-HI silhouette, done up in: a 6oz canvas upper with embroidered Mynah Bird pattern, leather Vans wave logo that breaks the upper, and pigskin collar lining. The idea was to use a mix of classic, Vans materials that felt premium all together.
We chose the woven lauhala box imagery because woven lauhala mats, hats, and baskets are notable aspects of Hawaii’s handcrafted artistry. It was next to impossible to create actual, woven lauhala boxes for all these Vans, but the idea is to further build upon the “old school to new school” theme: old school craftsmanship displayed on a new school Vans pull-box. Ultimately, we wanted to create a shoebox that would stand out on any shelf, in any stack, etc. and be equally recognized alongside the shoes they house. We envisioned people coveting the shoebox as much as want the shoes.
The canvas dustbag is a nod to our previous “Mauka/Makai” collaboration between Vans Vault x KICKS/HI x Sig Zane. The petroglyph expressions of birds and mountains on the top of the dustbag graphic is representative of “Mauka”, and the waves communicate “Makai” – all coming together, full circle… everything that is old is new again.
The “new school” play is the use of the AUTHENTIC LITE LX, which is their ultra lightweight, comfort take on standard Vans silhouettes. The upper is a 6oz canvas with embroidered Mynah Bird pattern. We found the addition of the new outsole cushioning, without losing the original styling of the Authentic, to be fascinating because it is always a concern for any brand with any sort of heritage to always keep one step ahead of the pack, but without losing sight of their legacy.
We’ve been wearing fitted caps pretty often again, and felt that it was time to launch a “Mynah” graphic one to accompany the “Mynah” Vans Vault shoes. Available in two colors: Yankees blue or lava tube black.”
Also releasing Saturday is this .75″ tall, soft enamel “Mynah” lapel pin. Flair up any cap, jacket, backpack, business suit, etc.
Both the KICKS/HI X Vans Vault “Mynah” Authentic Lite & OG SK8-Hi LX will be available at 1100A in store at our KICKS/HI Makaloa St. flagship door & KICKS/HI online store. First come, first served. Limit one pair, per style, per customer. The “Mynah” shoes will also be releasing at: KH/GU (Guam), KICKS/HI “shop-in-shop” at United Arrows & Sons (Japan), & Saint Alfred (Chicago).
tons more pics after the jump