As part of Vans celebration of its 50th anniversary, the storied skate brand linked with Nordstrom on a pop-up collection of shoes, clothes and accessories. The Vans/Nordstrom store opened August 4th and is slated to runs through September 5th.
Among the extensive shoe offerings are a handful of exclusive shearling and velvet shoes, designed by Nordstrom’s director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, in collaboration with freelance designer Alex Dymond.
In speaking on the collection, Kim said they were in part inspired by her move to Seattle and Kurt Cobain, “I feel like ever since I’ve moved to Seattle, well, I’ve always been inspired by Kurt Cobain, but now that I live here I feel like it comes up more so. You could pull off a Cobain look with these shoes, oversized women’s sunglasses and a vintage mohair cardigan. I wanted the shoes to be as hairy as possible. Really textured and kind of like a fuzzy bedroom slipper. Fuzzy shoes aren’t the most practical. If they get wet or muddy, they’ll look like a dog that was rained on. You’ll want to be careful about puddles. I don’t know, they’re just fun.
The pop-up includes men’s and women’s clothing, designed for Nordstrom by Vans designer Vince Martinez. Among the clothing and accessories, there are new items as well as classic silhouettes updated with new fabrics, graphics and details. In the case of the brand’s popular raglan silhouette, Martinez explained, “Raglans are huge sellers for us, but weirdly we’ve never done a checkerboard three-quarter-sleeve raglan. So I did one. The checkerboard ties back to the shoes, and our print team executed this really nicely.”
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