We can interpret 'Living Art' as living life to the fullest and experiencing the unknown. Exploring all avenues, executing work with integrity, being in the moment, fighting for your rights, enriching other peoples lives, social interpretation and political activism, all creatively driven. — Mark
How do fashion and art intersect?
There is no boundary between fashion and art. I don’t ask myself the big ‘what is art?’ question. Creative expression of any capacity can be considered art. I do question the word ‘fashion’ if it only means mere garment trends. My approach to fashion is as creative expression of what you put on yourself. — Wakako
What is the power of a good print?
We hope that it is empowering, confidence building, comforting and primarily easy to wear as it complements ones personality. — Mark
Good prints don’t just stay as surface decoration. They can tell stories, evoke emotion, give objects or wearers some character, or even decorate memories. — Wakako
If you could print anything in the world, what would it be and why?
We are trying our hardest to print everything but the world is a big place and there is space beyond. — Mark
Why is Vans a good canvas for your prints?
We appreciate both timeless good design, and Vans life after the shop floor. — Wakako
How do you envision people wearing these prints and taking them out into the world?
With "Joie de vivre." — Mark
What was the inspiration for the prints you did with Vans?
Our inspiration came from the idea of graphic patterns co-existing with daily human life, manifesting in a patterned tribe's urban playground. Road markings, tribal—what is just around us and mix them all up. — Wakako
What do you think is the best way to wear prints?
All over and more. — Mark
The best way to wear prints?
Always with love. — Wakako
Vans x Eley Kishimoto Prints in their own words:
‘Flash’ has become our icon. It is from our Spring/Summer 2001 fashion collection "Reunion," and it was an experiment to extract it from the fashion system and play with its longevity.
‘Magnolia Hysteria’ is an Eley Kishimoto archive print—an energetic magnolia flower dissected into its core geometric shape and form.
‘Drums’ celebrates Vans trademark Checkerboard, deconstructing it and pairing it with tribal motifs.
‘Whopping Waffle’ is an interpretation of the classic Vans waffle sole we all recognize.
‘Bumpy Road’ plays with the Old Skool sidestripe to create an abstract urban playground.
Meet ‘Living Art,’ a new Vans collaboration with iconic British design house Eley Kishimoto. Founded in 1992 by husband-and-wife team Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, Eley Kishimoto has a mission to ‘Print the World’ and is known for their vibrant, graphic, and always eye-catching designs. We paired new and iconic Eley Kishimoto prints with Vans footwear and apparel to merge fashion and art in a collection the exemplifies creativity and stand-out style.
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Utilizing their signature graphic print aesthetic, Eley Kishimoto reinterprets the quintessential Checkerboard pattern to create footwear prints exclusively for Vans.
The iconic Vans Checkerboard is transformed into the energetic ‘Drums’ print, which combines deconstructed checks with tribal motifs.