DQM continues its ongoing partnership with Vans for another footwear release, but this time around it has tapped an additional collaborator for a truly special joint effort. Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, the iconic Blue Note Records has been consistently releasing some of the world’s greatest jazz recordings for 75 years, with the label’s releases from the 1950s and 1960s widely considered to be among the finest jazz recordings of all time. Over the years it has also established a stellar reputation for artistry with a series of iconic album covers that serve as the inspirations for this collaboration. The free-form style and the notion of improvisation in the worlds of music and skateboarding establishes a special connection between the two, making this project all the more fitting. This limited collection includes two separate releases of the OG Era LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX styles in two variations, which will be accompanied by a film featuring Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records, and the legendary skateboarder and jazz-inspired musician Ray Barbee. The shoes’ canvas uppers adorn a collage of cover art from the record label’s extensive catalog, with each pair sporting a one-off design. “The Colors” versions will see an in-store release on May 8 and an online release on May 11, while “The Blues” iterations are set for a later release in June.
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