Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, is honored and excited to announce its forthcoming collaboration with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. World-renowned for his vibrant paintings and stunning sculptures, Murakami’s anime-inspired aesthetic blurs the line between high and low arts in his distinctive “Superflat” form that has amazed artistic minds across the globe. With a mutual admiration for one another and shared desire for creative expression, Vans and Murakami come together to present a deluxe, limited edition range of footwear, apparel and skate decks through Vans’ premium label Vault by Vans.
“We are so privileged to work with an artist of Murakami’s caliber,” said Stephen Mills, Vice President of Global Product Merchandising for Lifestyle Footwear. “This collaboration brings together two global cultural icons and we are proud to unveil the project after much anticipation.”
“For the past 10-plus years, without exaggeration, I have been wearing Vans Slip-Ons almost every single day,” Takashi Murakami explained. “For me, there are no other shoes that are so comfortably wearable that let me focus on producing my artwork. I also feel extremely strong empathy for Vans’ brand concept and creative stance.”
The Vault by Vans x Takashi Murakami collection will be released at select boutique retailers in late June. For more information about Vault by Vans, visit www.vans.com/vault and join the conversation by using the #VansxMurakami hashtag on social networks.