When you’re a brand as big as Vans, you’ve got to chose your collabs wisely.
The Off the Wall familia obviously got this memo long ago because they, without fail, partner with diverse and culturally pointy co’s. The latest with Japanese WTAPS is no exception to the rule that’s served them so well up to this point.
For the uninitiated, WTAPS (pronounced Double Taps) is a chic Japanese menswear label that grew out of Tetsu Nishiyama’s FORTY PERCENT AGAINST RIGHTS (FPAR) project in the 90s. The brand’s big into cuts, with “place things where they should be” their guiding mantra.
The Vans x WTAPS collab includes 13 pieces: footwear, apparel and accessories. It’s a real premium affair, blending Japanese craftsmanship with Van’s iconic design aesthetic. In the footwear dept. it’s all about subtle design tweaks and innovative materials. The grey digital camo on the Half Cab, the crocodile-textured quarter panel on the Classic era, and the less subtle flames on the Sk8-Hi’s make Vans’ classic silhouettes into one-off statement pieces.