While in Vegas we had the pleasure of checking out the Vans girl’s apparel and footwear. Vans is working with two very talented women on collaborative projects – spanning both apparel and footwear – Kime Buzzelli and Kim Saigh. Kime Buzzelli is an artist and the owner of Show Pony, a boutique in Los Angeles and Kim Saigh is a tattoo artist on LA Ink. Kime Buzzelli’s collection for Vans showcases her signature illustrations, sassy charm and vintage leanings. Highlights included the “Show Pony Purse” – a bag heavily influenced by vintage silhouettes, the “Sorry For Suckers” Tote bag and the Faux Leather Jacket. The collection was centered around black and white with bright pops of color brought in by Kime’s drawings and illustrations. Other items in the collection includes tees, hoodies, Wellesly shoe and wide leg trousers. Kim Saigh’s line was very feminine and centered around two central themes: skulls, candy & hearts and cherry blossoms & butterflies. Stand out pieces included the Skate Art Fashion Bag and Tattoo Art Belt. The collection also includes a purse, Wellesley Hi shoes, a tee, hoodie and jeans. The collections are a great representation of the two artists and they release on June 5th. Start saving those pennies because these pieces are truly special.
Vans’ in-line collection stays true to their motto “where the beach meets the street.” They do a wonderful job of balancing their trademark skate look with just the right amount of street edge. The Fall collection centers around two central themes. The first, Uncommon People, is a mix of patterns and prints centering on fun, bold statement pieces influenced by silhouettes from the ’70s and ’80s. New fun plaid color combinations together with Ultra Skinny Bright jeans makes these pieces stand out. The second theme, Old Money, is a fun, flirty take on “prep” without straying too far from Vans’ checkerboard roots.
For fall, Vans has lots great accessories including belts, bags, wallets, hats, scarves – whatever you need, they make it. The footwear was a continuation of the apparel stories. Great women’s silhouettes in wearable color stories was the name of the game. Thankfully, the line include plenty of hi-top styles – some are super high with gold down options with contrast fabrics. Their versatile and you can get a few looks out of one pair of kicks – a great value!
While we were there, we had the chance to speak with Ashley Moltz, the product manager for accessories, and she took us through the themes of the Fall line and what is was working with Kime Buzzelli and Kim Saigh. Check it out below:
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- M.I.S.S. June 2009: Kime Buzzelli x VANS Wellesely
- Urban Decay x Kime Buzzelli
- M.I.S.S. Paper Dolls @ FIFTY24LA: Kime Buzzelli
- LA: Kime Buzzelli at Gallery Space TONIGHT!
- ASR: Vans Girls Apparel Spring 2011