by Stephen Garner

Concepts and Vault by Vans join forces once again for a new footwear collection called ‘Kings Road’ that pays homage to the punk phenomenon of the early 1970s.

Drawing inspiration from Vivienne Westwood’s iconic color-blocked mohair sweaters, Concepts reimagined two heritage Vans styles, the Vans Sk8 Hi and Classic Slip-On with multi-colored mohair, the first time this fabrication has been used on any Vans footwear to date.

The attitude of punk music is reflected in unique vintage-inspired color medleys with the Concepts x Vans Sk8 Hi sneaker ($110) available in purple plumeria/multi colorway and the Concepts x Vans Classic Slip-On ($90) available in black/marshmallow colorways. Each sneaker features a unique mohair pattern, with no two pairs being the same.

As well as the footwear, Concepts will launch two private-label apparel pieces, a Concepts “Up Yours” Tee ($30) and Concepts Crew Neck Fleece ($90), which feature patchwork lettering that reference the 1970s aesthetic.

“Concepts has a long working relationship with Vans and every time we partner together, we tend to walk the line and push each other further. The ‘Kings Road’ collection is no exception,” said Deon Point, creative director at Concepts. “We explored the punk era of the 1970s, a period which theoretically is thought of as an anti-fashion movement, but one that we’ve seen throughout the years informing fashion on many levels. In addition to its timelessness from a style perspective, the youth of today have a lot in common with those of the late 1970s, which has informed this generation’s fashion, politics, and outlook.”

The Concepts x Vault by Vans ‘Kings Road’ collection and private-label apparel will be available exclusively at Concepts retail locations and on September 24th.