The island country of Japan has a rich tradition of unique incorporating unique fabrics and designs into fashion. In 2000, the design studio Garageland set up in Kyoto to continue that culture. Over the years, the design studio has teamed up with Vans Japan a handful of times on footwear that highlights the culture of Japanese artwork. This weekend, we get to experience three more interpretations from the team at Garageland.
The natural canvas Slip On JP incorporates the segaiha pattern on the vamp and quarter. The wave pattern, which has its origins Chinese cartography, dates back to at least the 6th century in Japan where it was used on clothing, pottery, and artwork. Garageland's take integrates Off the Wall into the concentric circles of the wave.
The deep blue canvas is adorned with the kagome knot pattern on the vamp and heel counter of the Slip On JP and quarter of the Old Skool JP. The trihexagonal kagome pattern comes from a traditional basketweave design from centuries ago. If this design looks familiar to you, just take a look at the classic waffle outsole.
The Vans Japan x Garageland Slip On and Old Skool JP will be available at ABC Marts in Japan this Friday, August 12th for ¥ 6,000 and ¥ 7,000 respectively. No availability outside of Japan is expected.