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Vans Vault is preparing to launch an all-new collaboration with Los Angeles-based clothing brand and record label Brain Dead.

Including both footwear and clothing, the collection for SS17 utilizes an all-over print that fits in perfectly with Brain Dead’s taste in graphics, as well as Steve Van Doren’s affinity for patterns. Around the Highsnobiety offices, Vans is and always will be one of our favorite footwear imprints, so naturally took the opportunity to pick Brain Dead’s Kyle Ng on his second Vans collaboration, which includes limited editions of the Old Skool, Slip-On and Era silhouettes.

With prices ranging from $45 to $138, find the entire line at select Vans retailers and online starting this Saturday, June 24.

First, explain the ideas behind the pattern you created for this collaboration.

Kyle Ng: The pattern was developed by our regular collaborator, Kevin Harris. He is an amazing artist and illustrator. We love old, lo-fi printed iconography that you would find in old magazines and comics.

Vans has many other iconic prints, namely ones in the Van Doren series, what are some of your favorites

Kyle: We gravitate towards anything checkered. Vans are the only shoes that look great with prints on them.

What was your thought process on selection the footwewar and clothing for the collection?

Kyle: We just wanted to create gear that we loved for the summer. The collection has a constant graphic language running through it.

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The aesthetic sort of reminds me of hand-doodles, have you ever been into customizing your shoes or clothing in that way?

Kyle: When I was young, I would draw and color on my shoes all the time. I guess that’s just what you did when you were bored in class and just wanted to go skateboarding.

Why is Vans personally important to you?

Kyle: Vans is California. We love California. We also love the way the shoe is not delicate and that Vans ages better the more you fuck it up.

Favorite piece from the collection?

Kyle: The green Old Skool.

Favorite Vans silhouette of all time?

Kyle: Old Skool!

Now hear Our Legacy co-founder Jockum Hallin explain his collaboration with Vans.

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