Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, honors its 50th anniversary by reinterpreting the coveted checkerboard motif in the limited edition “Checkered Past” collection. Launching through Vans’ premium label, Vault by Vans, this deluxe 10-piece assortment expresses the iconic pattern as handwoven leather craftsmanship across footwear and accessories.
The checkerboard is a sacred emblem in Vans’ 50-year history, appearing on cherished footwear forms since the brand’s family-owned years as the Van Doren Rubber Company to its modern-day status as a global icon in action sports, music, fashion and art. The “Checkered Past” collection pays tribute to this design heritage with a series of Original Classic styles and Leather Checker Bags. Traditionally seen as a print, luxurious leather materials refine the checkerboard pattern as an intricate woven arrangement across Vans’ storied silhouettes. In the line-up of Original Classics, the OG Classic Slip-On LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX can be seen in black, white, blue and multicolored checkered executions. The Leather Checker Bag completes the collection with two colorways that tie back to the footwear capsule.
To truly commemorate the brand’s anniversary, Vault by Vans releases the “Checkered Past” collection on March 16, Vans’ 50th birthday, at select boutique accounts around the globe. Stay up to date on Vans’ 50th anniversary at www.vans.com and see more from Vault by Vans at www.vans.com/vault.
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Leather Checker Bag in Black/White Checkerboard – $350
Leather Checker Bag in Multi Checkerboard – $350
OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Black – $140
OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Patriot Blue – $140
OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Multi – $140
OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/White – $140
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Black/White – $175
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Patriot Blue/White – $175
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Multi – $200
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/White/White – $175
Releasing globally at these locations:
United States: The Vans DQM General, Barneys, Blends, Bodega, Bows & Arrows, Conveyor, Dover Street Market, Feature, Fice, Hot Rod, Kicks Hi, Kicks Hi/Guam, Kith, Nice Kicks, Opening Ceremony, Pilgrim Surf Supply, Proper, Saint Alfred, Shoe Gallery, Sole Classics, The Darkside Initiative, The Webster, Today Clothing, Undefeated and Wish.
Canada: Off The Hook, Gravity Pope, J2, NRML, Rodney Gray, Rooney and SSENSE.
Europe: Colette, Dover Street Market, Back Door, Baskets, Belief Store, Cali Roots, End, Firmament, Foot Patrol, Goodhood Store, Hanon Shop, Kapa Dokya, MINI Shop, MRQT Boutique, Naked, OFFSPRING @ Selfridges, Sainte Crame, Si Vas Des Calzo, Slamjam, Sneakernstuff, Societe Anonime, Starcow, Storm, The Good Will Out, Titolo, Uebervart, Veteran Shop, Victoire Barber & Shop, Vier and YME Store.