We saw this project as an opportunity to continue the journey of our Mynah Bird mascot (which was born from our Stussy x KICKS/HI collaboration this past summer 2014) This KICKS/HI x Vans Vault collaboration tells a main "old school to new school" story which begins with the "old school" OG SK8-HI LX, utilizing the original SK8-HI silhouette, done up in: a 6oz canvas upper with embroidered Mynah Bird pattern, leather Vans wave, and pigskin collar lining. The idea was to use a mix of classic, Vans materials that felt premium all together. The "new school" play is the use of the AUTHENTIC LITE LX, which is their ultra lightweight, comfort take on standard Vans silhouettes. The upper is a 6oz canvas with embroidered Mynah Bird pattern. We found the addition of the new outsole cushioning, without losing the original styling of the Authentic, to be fascinating because it is always a concern for any brand with any sort of heritage to always keep one step ahead of the pack, but without losing sight of their legacy.
We chose the woven lauhala box imagery because woven lauhala mats, hats, and baskets are notable aspects of Hawaii's handcrafted artistry. It was next to impossible to create actual, woven lauhala boxes for all these Vans, but the idea is to further build upon the "old school to new school" theme: old school craftsmanship displayed on a new school Vans pull-box. Ultimately, we wanted to create a shoebox that would stand out on any shelf, stack, etc. and be equally recognized alongside the shoes they house.
The canvas dustbag is a nod to our previous "Mauka/Makai" collaboration between Vans Vault x KICKS/HI x Sig Zane. The petroglyph expressions of birds and mountains on the top of the dustbag graphic is representative of "Mauka", and the waves communicate "Makai" - all coming together, full circle... everything that is old is new again.