Tokyo-based clothing and record label Wacko Maria has teamed up with Vault by Vans to release a new collaborative collection for the spring. Inspired by a shared love of music and collector culture between the brands, the Vault by Vans x Wacko Maria collaboration features two colorful variations of the iconic OG Authentic LX Vans sneaker. The collection will be released in two special product drops this season.
The first drop of the Wacko Maria x Vault by Vans collaboration will release later this month and feature a unique twist on Vans’ first footwear silhouette, the Authentic. The sneaker features a repeating vinyl record pattern that incorporates Vans’ iconic Checkerboard print on the lateral and medial. The graphic vinyl images may also remind fans of digging for records at Wacko Maria’s “Paradise Tokyo” flagship store. With a black vamp, black contrast piping and a black heel stripe to enhance the shoe’s design, the collaborative model gives off a bold touch of pop art flair. The first release offers the OG Authentic LX in three colorways: baby blue, light pink and white.
By creating this unique pattern with Vans, Wacko Maria is able to bring a touch of its bold patterns and passions for vinyl culture, film and art to an expressive piece of footwear. Founded in Tokyo with the philosophy that “music is the trigger of imaginations,” it was only natural that this Vans collaboration would include a music-related design. With a focus on craft and detail, the Wacko Maria x Vault by Vans collaboration is an opportunity for both brands to offer creative expression in a special edition shoe.
The first drop of the Vault by Vans x Wacko Maria collection will be available globally at select Vault by Vans retailers on March 20. Stay tuned for more information about the second drop that’s scheduled to release in May.