Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami is lending his world-renowned anime-inspired designs to the world of footwear. Vans announced it will release a limited edition Vans x Takashi Murakami collection at select boutique retailers in late June.
Stephen Mills, Vans vice president of global product merchandising for lifestyle footwear, said the company is privileged to work with an artist of Murakami’s caliber.
“This collaboration brings together two global cultural icons and we are proud to unveil the project after much anticipation,” Mills said.
Murakami is a fan of Vans’ classic product. ”For the past 10-plus years, without exaggeration, I have been wearing Vans Slip-Ons almost every single day,” Murakami explained. “For me, there are no other shoes that are so comfortably wearable that let me focus on producing my artwork. I also feel extremely strong empathy for Vans’ brand concept and creative stance.”
The collection will include footwear, apparel and skate decks through Van’s premium label Vault by Vans. It will be promoted across Vans’ social media channels with the hashtag #VansxMurakami.