Showing a selection of polaroids shot in conjunction with our editorial featuring our DQM/Vans “I Love NY” footwear collection, works by photographer Pep Kim are now in store at The Vans DQM General. The polaroid portraits feature “True New Yorkers” Ryan Hickey, Mike Hernandez, Vashtie Kola, Michael Colameco, Shadi Perez, Chris Keeffe, Ricky Kenig, DJ Dirrty, Pooky and Tory Fraser. The show runs through May 30th.
Vans has collaborated with New York City based artist Curtis Kulig for Spring on a trio of shoes bearing his popular “Love Me” graphic releasing on Valentine’s Day, this Thursday, February 14th. The General will be hosting an exclusive party to launch the collection from 6-9pm, with music, food, drinks, and a photobooth. This event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Check the flyer for full details.
This year, Vans’ high-end Vault collection celebrates its 10th anniversary. Drawing from Vans’ forty year design archive, the Vault collection is known for putting fresh spins on vintage classics, using premium materials, a sophisticated aesthetic and high level of attention to detail, and employing contributions from, and collaborations with, some of the industry’s most innovative designers, from Marc Jacobs to Billykirk to Vans’ own long-standing contributor Taka Hayashi. The Vans DQM General carries the most comprehensive selection from the Vans Vault collection on the East Coast, if not the entire US, and we are proud to announce we just have designed a larger, dedicated space to showcase not only the product, but also some of Vault’s ten year history. Stop in and check it out.
Last Thursday evening, Taka Hayashi presented his original artwork in ink and watercolor, as well as a preview of his Spring 13 footwear and debut apparel collection in a special trunk show at The General. Taka Hayashi’s work for Vans represents the highest level of design in the Vans collections, utilizing innovative materials and premium leathers with a sophisticated aesthetic. He is constantly pushing conventions in sneaker design, approaching footwear design almost as a sculptural practice.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the event on Thursday, and of course a very special thanks to Taka and Vans. We had a chance to sit down with Taka while he was in New York to talk about some of his inspirations and what it’s like to design for Vans. Enjoy.
Tomorrow evening at the House of Vans is Supply and Demand, a collaborative installation and works shown by Neil Blender, Nathaniel Russell, Chris Yormick, Jay Howell, Jamahl Williams, Russ Pope, Rich Jacobs, Dennis McNett and Jai Tanju. This is going to be a good one, so be sure to make it by if you can!