words // Zack Schlemmer
Vans introduces their next round of classics outfitted in prints from Liberty Art Fabrics. The new collection offers five unique Liberty prints over four classic Vans models including the Era 59, Authentic, Sk8-Hi Reissue and women's specific Sk8-Hi Slim.
The Authentic kicks off the collection with the oldest print in the pack. The Liberty Hera has been in the books since the 1890s and is now a brand trademark. The peacock design features a mix of red and blue tones across the canvas Authentic. The all-white foxing provides a clean look and pops the classic print.
First printed for Liberty in 1967, the Ianthe fabric is featured on each quarter panel ofthe Sk8-Reissue. Royal blue upper materials and premium leather sidestriping complement the array of tones utilized in this intricate print.
A special offering just for women comes in the form of the Sk8-Hi Slim. The slimmed-down Vans Classic is available exclusively in women’s sizing and highlights Liberty’s Glenjade floral. Now known as Ditsy Floral, the allover pattern originates from an archived 1930s design, which was mass-produced in 1955.
The Era 59 completes the assortment with a duo of colorways. Patterns integrated into each aesthetic include the Capel floral first printed in 1978 and the speckled Melly motif. Each edition of the Era 59 is accented by the same pattern in two-toned color blocking.
The Vans x Liberty Art Fabrics Holiday 2013 collection arrives this October globally at select Vans retail locations and at vans.com/liberty.