Up next in Vans’ ongoing work with some of the world’s most respected brands is a Sk8-Hi done in collaboration with New York’s Engineered Garments. Constructed of smooth leather, suede and canvas, the collaborative Sk8-Hi makes use of different hues to create an overall impression of an understated look that isn’t too busy on the eyes.
The founder of Engineered Garments, Daiki Suzuki, related the following about the release:
“The design of the Sk8-hi is an updated version of the last release. My first pair of Vans was the Sk8-Hi model in Japan, when Nepenthes would order them and they were still all made in America. To me, Vans was a very American brand. I’ve always been inspired by old Popeye magazines showcasing young Californian skaters. They would get together with their friends while skating and trade one shoe with another friend, making mismatched pairs with their Vans embodying their playful nature.”
Look for the Vans x Engineered Garments Sk8-Hi LX to release at Nepenthes NY for $115 USD on July 29 with phone orders available on August 1.
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