For the latest collaboration with Vans, our team kicked it up a notch by printing the checkerboard pattern onto high-quality leather instead of the classic canvas fabric. This marks our fifth BNY Sole Series collaboration with the Southern California brand, and this time Senior Buyer Chris Pepe wanted to evolve our original concept, which created the checkerboard print with weaving techniques. “For these exclusives, we playfully enlarged the black and white checks to nine times the size and then printed the pattern onto leather.”
The team chose to use Vans’ most iconic styles: the Slip-On, the Sk8-Hi, and the Authentic LX low-tops. All three limited-edition sneakers are available in men’s sizing, and the Sk8-Hi and Slip-On styles are available for women. Plus, because the Slip-On is very popular, we made it for the little ones, too.
The exclusives feature both beloved Vans logos and innovative design details, like comfortable lining and sturdy soles. The shoes are perfect for everyday wear, and the sleek leather material meshes Barneys’ point of view with the laid-back, West Coast vibe. Pepe reflects fondly on the project overall, saying, “Implementing our designs onto iconic styles was extra special when it’s with a brand I grew up wearing.”