Collaboration, Vault by Vans

Vault by Vans x Brain Dead

As Summer rolls in, Vans and Brain Dead have come together for a pastel and print heavy collection. This is Brain Dead's second collaboration with Vans after releasing their DSM-exclusive Sk8-Hi pack earlier this year which featured a monotone checkerboard print on the bulk of the shoe and embossing on the midsole. For those who missed out on the last release, rest assured that more stockists will be carrying this collection this time around.

Via Vans:
This summer, Vault by Vans collaborates with Brain Dead, a creative collective of artists, musicians and designers from all over the world, to create a nine-piece capsule collection inspired by the spirit of subculture. The collection presents unique iterations of Vans classic footwear, apparel, and accessories in faded shades of pink, green and yellow with custom hieroglyphic designs.

The Vault by Vans x Brain Dead collection features three deluxe versions of Vans’ iconic footwear silhouettes including the Old Skool LX in green, Era LX in pink and Classic Slip-On LX in yellow. All footwear styles utilize bold colors and strong graphics as well as Brain Dead’s kitschy often satirical pictograms in high contrast black, printed on the quarter panels, sidewalls, and custom footbed. 

For the apparel component, Vault by Vans x Brain Dead introduces a short-sleeved woven button-down in two colorways, pink and green, tying back to the black graphic details on the footwear, as well as two cotton t-shirts featuring Brain Dead’s signature logo. Completing the collection, Vault by Vans x Brain Dead introduce a simple unstructured black cap and canvas tote bag. 

About Brain Dead:  
Founded by Kyle Ng and Ed Davis, Brain Dead has quickly emerged into the coveted upper echelon of streetwear fashion, describing itself as “not one person, nor is it one idea; it sits in the space between people.” As shared in an interview with Hypebeast last year, Kyle and Ed are fans of the eclectic and obscure, referencing to vintage issues of Japanese Penthouse and vintage comics as sources of inspiration for their designs. Kyle shares in his interview, "Braindead started from the idea of showcasing things Ed and I were into. We love art, music, cult cinema, rare printed ephemera, bootleg anything, handmade toys and weirdo stuff in general and we wanted to create platform to make and curate projects and produce product that relates to our world. It’s really just stuff for us. We didn’t realise other people were going to be so into it." What they make is for them first, so if you're a fan of their unapologetic approach to personal expression, you may dig this collection too. 

Some pieces in this collection remind me of some Syndicate (Rest in Peace) releases of years past such as Jason Dill's Authentic which featured his hand drawn sketches, or Neil Blender's artwork which was applied to the midsole in similar fashion. Brain Dead's collection also seems to channel the spirit of putting a twist on something to make it your own, and personalization has been a core part of Vans history dating back to the very beginning. In the early days, folks could choose what fabric to make their shoes out of and also personalize the midsole print in the "Vans Scenes" service they offered awhile back. 

Prices for each piece in this collaboration range from $45 to $138 USD. The Vault by Vans x Brain Dead collection will be available at select Vault retailers like Sole Classics starting June 24. Check your local for specific release details.

Global stockists include: 

  • FIRMAMENT (Germany)
  • THE GOOD WILL OUT (Germany)
  • VIER (Belgium)  
  • SLAM JAM (Italy)
  • BACKDOOR (Italy)
  • SOCIETE ANONYME (Italy)    
  • STARCOW (France)     
  • KAPA DOKYA (France)
  • THE NEXT DOOR (France)    
  • LE RAYON FRAIS (France)    
  • IMPACT (France)
  • WOOD WOOD (Denmark) 
  • NAKED (Denmark) 
  • C-CONCEPT STORE (Sweden)
  • SIVASDESCALZO (Spain)         
  • BELIEF (Russia)
  • TITOLO (Switzerland)
  • VETERAN SHOP (Poland)

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