Congratulations sneakerheads, you can now dabble in amateur art collecting. Vans has tapped insanely popular Japanese artist Takashi Murakami—who happens to be BFFs with dudes like Kanye West and Pharrell—for a full-scale collaboration including tees, skate decks, and of course, slip-on sneakers.
The kicks and gear prominently feature his trademark anime-coke-dream depictions of skulls and smiling kawaii flowers. Meanwhile, Converse went digging in the archives of the equally revered Andy Warhol, resulting in a series of Chuck Taylors that reference some of Warhol’s most famous pieces, like 1962’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans.”
The feature above originally appears in Complex's June/July 2015 issue.
The complete Vans x Murakami collaboration, which also includes a range of toddler slip-on colorways, is set to drop globally at select locations June 27. Adult sizes will retail at $75. For more information visit Vans.com/Murakami.
UPDATE: (6/25, 5:00 p.m.):
Here's a list of retailers that will carry this collaboration:
North America: Blends, Opening Ceremony, Dover Street Market New York, Bows and Arrows, Kicks HI, Undefeated, Bodega, Sole Classics, Pilgrim, Wish, Nice Kicks, St. Alfred, Vans DQM General, Kith, Hot Rod, The Darkside Initiative, Barneys, Conveyor, The Webster, OTH (Off The Hook), Gravity Pope, J2, Normal & Rooney.
Europe: Dover Street Market, Colette, Firmament, FOTT, Societe Anonyme, Veteran, Otero Y Gala, Baskets, Yme, C-Store, Storm, Sneakers N Stuff & Tres Bien.
Asia: IT, Exit, Juice, Crossover, Limited Edition, Unik, Deal, Wuhan & Vans Lab.