Concepts and Vans announce sneaker and apparel collection
Mark: Concepts x Vault by Vans
Model: SK8-Hi, OG Authentic LX and OG Old Skool NS LX
Release date: October 7
To buy: CNCPTS website and stores in Boston, NYC and Dubai
Editor’s Notes: Concepts and Vans are back – and they’ve brought a little more mohair with them.
After the vibes of their 2020 affair, Concepts and Vans reunite for another rollout of fuzzy sneakers inspired by London’s punk era, specifically its two-tone scene.
For a quick music lesson, two-tone was a particularly popular musical genre in the UK during the 1970s and 1980s. the musical category – well, in its name.
Bands like The Specials and The Selecter are pioneering the genre, whose unique sound is essentially a cross between Jamaican ska and punk rock. Basically, think: reggae meets rock with hints of pop.
And that concludes my segment on the two-tone. In the meantime, enjoy some sounds from The Selecter below.
As a sign of their appreciation for the two-tone scene, Concepts and Vans named their collection “Question the Answers,” after ska-punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ fourth album.
Concepts x Vans sneakers – an SK8-Hi, an OG Authentic LX and an OG Old Skool NS LX – fully embrace the checkerboard pattern as a mohair pattern on the upper and the semi-haze print on the translucent outsole .
Although Vans and the checkerboard go back a long way, the print is also synonymous with the two-tone scene. Fun fact: Two-tone groups, which often consisted of multiracial members, used the print as a fashion statement and a symbol of unity in times of heightened racial tensions.
A Damier jacket and shorts – that’s French for checkerboard, by the way – also reiterates Concepts and Vans’ appreciation for the print, which is as stylish as it is meaningful to the British musical genre.
As for those not looking to channel their inner chessboard, the Concepts x Vans sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts and sweatpants will also deliver.
If I’ve learned anything from Concepts and Vans’ “Questions the Answers” collection, it’s: 1) Maybe I’m a two-tone fan now, and 2) Concepts and Vans can’t get enough of the scene. British punk – and mohair.
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