June 28, 2019
VAULT BY VANS X FRIDA KAHLO
Renowned Mexican Painter Meets the Classic Skate Icon
Vans has earned the status of being a cultural symbol for creative expression, catering to those who thrive on living “Off The Wall”. Celebrating art and the brand’s commitment to inspiring the nonconformists of the world, Vault by Vans introduces a truly unique footwear collection honoring iconic painter, Frida Kahlo. Known best for her self-portraits and works inspired by Mexico, the Vault by Vans x Frida Kahlo collection brings a meticulously curated sampling of the iconic artist’s paintings to life onto classic Vans classic silhouettes.
Heavily influenced by Mexican heritage, Frida Kahlo employed a naïve folk-art style to explore questions of identity, post colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican society. Her life took her throughout the U.S., Europe and Mexico and at times proved to be painful, a fact that only added to her lore. Her constant remaking of her identity and her creation of a personal, alternative world resonates greatly with many.
Referencing works both immediately recognizable and lesser known, the collection includes three iconic Vans styles: an OG Sk8-Hi LX featuring Frida’s self-portrait alongside a dark green toe cap, an OG Authentic LX with all-over watermelon print and embroidered details and an OG Slip-On LX celebrating Kahlo's famed 1940 painting, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. Each style features a vulcanized sole and crushed leather cushioned heel liner.