A self-taught illustrator, painter and graphic artist, Taka Hayashi was born in Yokohama, Japan. At nine, he found himself transplanted to Santa Monica, CA where he was poised to collide with a defining place and time for skateboard history. Having come of age in this iconic era, it has remained a constant companion and key influence in his life, art and design. His indelible mark on Vans’ styles and tireless effort to challenge conventions of sneaker design can be felt in every piece he touches.
The tenth Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi collection kicks off with the TH Sk8-Mid LX. Taka’s reinterpretation of the Classic Sk8-Mid form is influenced by the native patterns of New Mexico. Available in Formula One and Golden Brown, the Chimayo-inspired mid-tops feature premium detailing such as woven quarter panels, hairy suede overlays and leather Sidestripes.
Vans presents the tenth installment of Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi series this spring with an extensive range of collaborative footwear. The eight-piece capsule introduces several new Taka Hayashi-branded silhouettes including the TH-Sk8-Mid LX, TH Derby 2 LX and TH Court Lo LX. The assortment also presents an additional colorway of the TH Court Hi LX and reissues Taka’s Sk8 Monkey print with two color-ups of the OG Sk8-Hi LX. The eclectic offering showcases Hayashi’s versatility as a designer with creations that embrace Vans heritage while pushing the limits of classic design language.
The TH Court Hi LX in Pixel Camo is a style carried over from fall 2013 and takes its cues from athletic shoes of the ’50s. Infusing military tones with the iconic Vans checkerboard print, it stands out as Taka’s take on a camouflage pattern. The new TH Court Lo LX is a low version of the TH Court Hi LX and surfaces with a unique Tiger Batik motif.
Taka Hayashi’s popular dress shoe marks its return to the Vault by Vans collection with an upgraded build. The TH Derby 2 LX revises the original Derby LX model with printed Palm Leaf printed on heavy canvas uppers and lightweight Vibram® outsoles. Sneaker style meets sophistication as Vans’ vintage pattern covers the Natural and Peacoat renditions of this refined low-top.
Round 10 of Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi concludes with the reissued Sk8 Monkey colorways of the OG Sk8-Hi LX. Utilizing the original mold of the Sk8-Hi, Taka’s archived Vault print resurfaces on the quarter panels of each pair. Look out for the skateboarding primate later this spring with an additional OG Authentic LX pack releasing in May.
The spring Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi collection will retail from $70 to $175 at premier Vault by Vans accounts this March.
Vault by Vans x Taka Hayashi for Spring 2014:
Available March 2014
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Sk8 Monkey) Dune – $70 MSRP
OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Sk8 Monkey) Eclipse – $70 MSRP
TH Court Hi LX in (Pixel Camo) Loden Green – $125 MSRP
TH Court Lo LX in (Tiger Batik) Loden Green – $120 MSRP
TH Derby 2 LX in (Palm) Natural – $175 MSRP
TH Derby 2 LX in (Palm) Peacoat – $175 MSRP
TH Sk8-Mid LX in (Chimayo) Formula One – $175 MSRP
TH Sk8-Mid LX in (Chimayo) Golden Brown – $175 MSRP
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