Vault by Vans Reinterprets the Iconic Checkerboard Motif

Cypress, CALIF. (February 24, 2016Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, honors its 50th anniversary by reinterpreting the coveted checkerboard motif in the limited edition "Checkered Past" collection. Launching through Vans' premium label, Vault by Vans, this deluxe 10-piece assortment expresses the iconic pattern as handwoven leather craftsmanship across footwear and accessories.

The checkerboard is a sacred emblem in Vans' 50-year history, appearing on cherished footwear forms since the brand's family-owned years as the Van Doren Rubber Company to its modern-day status as a global icon in action sports, music, fashion and art. The "Checkered Past" collection pays tribute to this design heritage with a series of Original Classic styles and Leather Checker Bags. Traditionally seen as a print, luxurious leather materials refine the checkerboard pattern as an intricate woven arrangement across Vans' storied silhouettes. In the line-up of Original Classics, the OG Classic Slip-On LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX can be seen in black, white, blue and multicolored checkered executions. The Leather Checker Bag completes the collection with two colorways that tie back to the footwear capsule.

To truly commemorate the brand's anniversary, Vault by Vans releases the "Checkered Past" collection on March 16, Vans' 50th birthday, at select boutique accounts around the globe. Stay up to date on Vans' 50thanniversary at and see more from Vault by Vans

Vault by Vans "Checkered Past" Collection:

Releases March 16, 2016

Leather Checker Bag in Black/White Checkerboard – $350

Leather Checker Bag in Multi Checkerboard – $350

OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Black – $140

OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Patriot Blue – $140

OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Multi – $140

OG Classic Slip-On LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/White – $140

OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Black/White – $175

OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Patriot Blue/White – $175

OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/Multi – $200

OG Sk8-Hi LX in (Woven Leather) 50th Checkerboard/White/White – $175

Releasing globally at these locations:

United States: The Vans DQM General, Barneys, Blends, Bodega, Bows & Arrows, Conveyor, Dover Street Market, Feature, Fice, Hot Rod, Kicks Hi, Kicks Hi/Guam, Kith, Nice Kicks, Opening Ceremony, Pilgrim Surf Supply, Proper, Saint Alfred, Shoe Gallery, Sole Classics, The Darkside Initiative, The Webster, Today Clothing, Undefeated and Wish.

Canada: Off The Hook, Gravity Pope, J2, NRML, Rodney Gray, Rooney and SSENSE.

Europe: Colette, Dover Street Market, Back Door, Baskets, Belief Store, Cali Roots, End, Firmament, Foot Patrol, Goodhood Store, Hanon Shop, Kapa Dokya, MINI Shop, MRQT Boutique, Naked, OFFSPRING @ Selfridges, Sainte Crame, Si Vas Des Calzo, Slamjam, Sneakernstuff, Societe Anonime, Starcow, Storm, The Good Will Out, Titolo, Uebervart, Veteran Shop, Victoire Barber & Shop, Vier and YME Store.

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in more than 75 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 450 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of SurfingVans Pool PartyVans Custom Culture,Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans' cultural hub and international music venue, the House of Vans.



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