FYI, this isn’t an official Hermes / Vans collaboration. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it isn’t cool.
Whilst collaborations seem to still be fashion’s way forward – cue Lanvin x H&M, Sportsgirl x Antipodium, Jil Sander x UNIQLO – custom made products can be sometimes be even better. Robert Verdi would know; as a super stylish stylist, with designers on speed-dial, take note of his latest sneakers, for they’re custom made Hermes-print Vans.
Parisian silk scarves and grubby slip-on sneakers are often mutually exclusive. Having the two in one closet seems unlikely, and as for combining the two into an outfit – impossible, non? Apparently not. Merging American skate-culture and Parisian high couture, Robert Verdi has encouraged a fashion-fusion.
Always one to push boundaries and throw out new fashion theories, Verdi has worked in the industry for over 15 years. Showcasing an extensive array of outfits, and styling an abundant number of people, we can’t imagine his collection is exactly limited. Nevertheless, not satisfied with his already emporium-worthy collection of shoes, he called in for a custom creation from Vans. Handing over his Hermes scarf collection as inspiration, behold a fantastic end product to fuel the concept of ‘opposites attract’.
Both brands have worked to achieve respected places in the industry, albeit among contrasting consumers. Whilst Hermes has been designing silk scarves for the luxury market since 1937 and tapping into Parisian couture with its luxury accessories, Vans emerged from the underground scene in 1966 California, catering for the masses with its skate-shoe classics. Whilst Hermes has famously graced the decolletes of Audrey Hepburn and her majesty Queen Elizabeth, Vans have been sported by the likes of Tony Hawk and Dave Grohl.
The 66 style sneaker, with its rubber sole and canvas body is an icon in itself. A popular choice for men and women alike, it offers comfort, function and fashion. Providing much variety through the different prints, the custom collection includes delicate Japanese florals, regal chain-motifs and Alice in Wonderland style characters.
Sadly, the shoes aren’t going to be mass-produced, they’re merely for Verdi’s personal collection. Nevertheless, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the custom project inspired ol’Hermes to pick up the phone. For we want Parisian chic slip-ons too, s’il vous plait.
To view more of the Vans X Hermes footwear, click on the thumbnails.