Fresh into Women’s History Month with International Women’s Day on March 8, Vault by Vans decided to tap Sarah Andelman once again to do something special for women.
Following in the footsteps of its Geoff McFetridge collaboration, Vans invades the minds of four female artists, infusing their creative genius into the shoe brand’s classic designs.
As curator of the collection, the co-founder of Colette – a blast from the past to Highsnobiety’s COLETTE MON AMOUR days, including our collaborations and the screening of PFW material – personally selected Julia Chiang, Fumiko Imano, Sindiso Khumalo and Soko to lead the Vans Vault collaboration with Sarah Andelman.
After featuring her artwork in Free Arts NYC’s 2020 auction, multidisciplinary artist Julia Chiang works her magic on an OG Authentic LX for adults and children with a bucket hat and cotton t-shirt, capturing the nostalgic feelings of Vans through its repetitive paint style.
Bursts of yellow burst across the scene, encompassing shoes and clothing with a comforting sense of happiness and reminiscing about simpler times.
Taking an impression from her solo exhibition “Somehow Somewhere Sometimes at Some Place for Some Reason”, artist Fumiko Imano mimics a sense of “twinning” on an adult OG Sk8-Hi LX, a matching children’s Sk8-Hi reissue and a graphic t shirt.
Giving the shoe the ultimate Imano seal of approval, it signs its name and exhibition title on the sneaker’s midsole and upper, respectively.
Cat lovers, this one’s for you. As a self-proclaimed cat fan, Soko’s pieces should come as no surprise.
In homage to her childhood cat Felix, the Billboard chart-topping musician Meow is her adult Old Skool V platform, kids’ Old Skool V, long-sleeved t-shirt and bucket hat with cat prints and pop-art-food-sports vibes, offering a playful and cool take that fans will indeed be looking to get their hands on.
On the other hand, 2020 LVMH Prize finalist and fashion designer Sindiso Khumalo looks to her mother for inspiration for her collection. I mean, why not? What better way to showcase women than with the most empowering personalities and the very reason we exist?
Khumalo’s adult OG Style 24 NTC LX and children’s Classic Slip-On feature a drawing of his mother in traditional Zulu attire on her wedding day, commemorating past and present as long-established Zulu traditions decorate Van’s modern sneakers.
An oversized t-shirt joins Khumalo’s pieces, featuring a water-based design of his mother on the front and back of the garment.
In addition to celebrating all things feminine (and our greatness), Vault by Vans and Sarah Andelman will host a pop-up in Paris showcasing the latest collection and other women-led brands. Sounds and great food add to the ambiance, making for perfect plans for Saturday.
A flight of more than seven hours for a day in Paris can be overkill, so you can also shop Vans Vault x Sarah Andelman on Van’s website and select retailers.