“This collection for me is really inspired by the world I experienced in Michigan. It is inspired by the feeling, the memories, the spirit it represents,” said Julian. “I tried to approach each piece of footwear and apparel with a kind of humility and practicality in mind, as well as the idea of time. What would I want to wear there? How will it change? How does something like a shoe gain value as it deteriorates? Through the memories you make while wearing them.”
Each piece from the Vault by Vans x Julian Klincewicz footwear and apparel assortment was designed with intention and purpose. Julian tapped into his early career aspirations of becoming a shoe designer, summer experiences in Michigan, and the lifecycle of shoes worn throughout an entire summer to develop his designs. He landed on two central themes that carry throughout the collection: “PURE IMAGINATION”, which represents his childlike optimism built on a world of imagination and “PALE FIRE SKY”, which represents the energy of the more angsty teenage years. The Vault by Vans footwear offering includes three jewel-toned hairy suede executions of the OG Style 31 LX complete with black contract stitching, laces, and an all-black outsole. “PURE IMAGINATION” is printed in gold foil along each quarter. Two executions of the OG Authentic SP LX, each with hairy suede uppers, drawcord inspired laces, a marshmallow outsole and siped outsole with “PALE FIRE SKY” printed in gold along the side. The Vault by Vans branding was updated to include a rainbow layered heel scab at the backs of each shoe that when worn with time, reveal a new, different color.