OFFSPRING has reworked two classic Vans silhouettes in an upcoming collaboration called the “HERRING-BONE” pack. Prints are inspired by the footwear company’s founders — the Van Doren brothers — as well as Vans’ archive and designs found on vintage pairs in Japanese thrift stores.
A large herringbone print contrasts both the Era 95 DX and the Classic Slip-On DX 98’s black suede base. On the Era, the print adorns the vamp and mid-panel, while the Slip-On features its design across the entire forefoot. “HERRING-BONE” is a play on the traditional V-shaped design, as it encompasses bones instead of stripes.
OFFSPRING has added skull motifs around the sole unit as another reference to the Vans archive, which appears as an embossed emblem on the Slip-On and printed on in black on the Era. OFFSPRING’s name is debossed in a bone-inspired font around the sole unit on the Slip-On, while the Era features co-branded laces bringing together its five-hole vamp.
Both pairs will release online and at OFFPSPRING’s UK-based outposts on July 13. The collection will also feature an oversized long sleeve T-shirt, which sees the collaborative skull motif on its chest and OFFSPRING’s Instagram “COMMUNITY” callout slogan on the arm. Take a look at the collaborative collection above.
In other news, Vans Japan and the plant shop BOTANIZE have showcased a limited-edition Era.
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Taking inspiration from the classic Van Doren prints of the past, the Herring-BONE pack is alive with influences from both the Vans archive and vintage Vans prints found in Japanese thrift stores. Throughout the years the iconic Pirate print has been adapted, twisted and changed from its original inception all the way to the Star Wars Pack where it featured the Darth Vader mask. The upper ‘Herring-BONE’ print evokes memories of some of Van’s earlier prints as well as from the early 90s, but now adapted and enlarged to give a more exaggerated aesthetic. The Herring-BONE pack sees the OFFSPRING logo merge with a skull and crossbones and can be found de-bossed into the side walls of the ERA 95 & the Classic slip on DX 98. The pack will also be supported by an oversized long sleeve T-shirt featuring the same iconic print and @Offspinghq Community call out. Launching Saturday 13th of July. RRP £59.99-64.99, sizes 3-12. Oversized long sleeve T-shirt, RRP £31.99. #offspringhqcommunity #offspringhqvansherringbone