Vans and WTAPS come together this August to unveil an exclusive, six-piece capsule for the anniversary year of the Vault by Vans collection. No stranger to Vans, WTAPS has teamed up with the brand in the past for a number of renowned Syndicate releases, but this seasonâ€™s co-branded capsule is the first Vault offering from WTAPS.
The collaborative effort produces an assortment of Original Classics that truly reflects Vansâ€™ rich heritage and WTAPSâ€™ artistic ethos. The assortment features some of WTAPS Creative Director Tetsu Nishiyamaâ€™s favorite Vans styles; the OG Classic Slip-On LX, OG Chukka LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX â€“ silhouettes that have been recreated with the same design specs as their first size runs from decades ago. Materials and tones are well curated as deluxe canvas, premier suede and soft tones comprise the collection. The OG Chukka LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX colorways are emblematic of WTAPSâ€™ militant inspirations as the Chukkaâ€™s subtle, clean aesthetic is influenced by army boots and the Sk8-Hiâ€™s soft, two-toned treatments are pulled from the N-1 naval deck jacket. The OG Classic Slip-On LX concludes the pack as a tribute to â€˜80s BMX with multi-hued color-ups reminiscent of the era.
Deeply rooted in a philosophy derived from Japanese master craftsman, WTAPS takes an approach to design that strives to recognize the essence of the items that comprise the material world and realize their hidden potential. Where shape determines function, a sophisticated creed wants to â€œplace things where they should beâ€ in order to release the creative energy that can be found in every form and materialization. Vans is excited to collaborate with WTAPS around this philosophy on a collection that stays true to the heritage of each brand.