"The Baracuta collection consists of reworks of the Sk8-Hi VLT LX, vans old skool femme, and Vans Classic Slip-On. The Sk8-Hi’s uppers are constructed from the Manchester-based brand’s heritage red and navy Frasier Tartan and feature a cargo pocket with a logo-clad button closure as a nod to the famed G9 Harrington jacket. The pattern is also used on the Old Skool, with the Vans iconic checkerboard print and Sidestripe sitting atop.
Well known for his sculptures, Hong Kong-based artist Michael Lau is soon to take his creative style over to puma chaussure homme, the brand inviting him to design atop the frame of the iconic Puma Suede. Part of a string of collaborations, which spans nostalgic takes by Nintendo and neon-tinged colorways by Mirage Mox, the release will likely arrive later this month despite the playfully written sample hangtag.
Honored to take part, Guzman explains the offering’s connection to his own body of work, specifically his piece entitled “In Between The Lines.” While at its most straightforward a reflection of his beloved color stories, the pair also acts as a “representation of raising self awareness and confidence in oneself.” A mosaic of materials fitting of his own mixed media technique, the new balance 574 femme soldes stitches together leathers of bright, aqua blue and suedes sultry in their purple shade.
Their forthcoming converse chuck 70 high top, whose box proclaims its legitimacy, is inspired by T-Shirts, Joe Freshgoods bread and butter. Across the canvas upper, many a print comes into play, spliced together in a patchwork fashion. Forward on one foot, smiley face motifs are accented with petals as if flowers, their tones loud in shades of both green and blue. Adjacent, the mid-panel then grounds in a dark purple tie-dye, while the side opposite uses acid wash and even wildly different palettes."