Vans has really outdone themselves with this latest collaboration that celebrates the Mexican Heritage of the Huichol culture. With this latest project Vans showcases the intricate artistry of the Huichol tribe to create beautiful, handcrafted renditions of the classic Slip-On LX and the Sk8-Hi LX.
The Huichol people have retained their place in Mexico’s history as a native people that have survived Franciscan mission and Spanish colonialism while being able to retain their language and customs through the test of time. They continue to live in the mountainous regions of Jalisco and Nayarit largely isolated from modern life. The Huichol people are known for their yarn painting and objects decorated with beads that blend embroidery, beading and color into imitable pieces.
The collaboration with Vault by Vans blends Vans’ design heritage with the complex craftsmanship of the Huichol tribe. The two classic silhouettes that were chosen were detailed with handmade embellishments, creating elaborately embroidered and beaded footwear pieces over a 10 month process.
Vans’ checkerboard Slip-On was transformed into a wearable piece of cultural art, highlighting the exceptional yarn painting technique across each set of uppers. On the other hand, the Sk8-Hi exhibits hand beaded side-stripe overlays and an ankle pendant on top of premium suede.
This Vault by Vans x Huichol Capsule is limited to 360 pairs globally and releases on September 20th at select boutiques including Vans DQM General New York and Boston, Blends, Bodega, Conveyor, Darkside Initiative, Opening Ceremony, Proper and St. Alfred with retail pricing set at $150 for the Slip-On LX and $180 for the Sk8-Hi LX.
With Mexico celebrating their independence today, September 16th, this is a perfect homage that celebrates Mexican heritage and history.