Vans just released their first-ever Black History Month collection to celebrate the Black artists that are pushing the culture forward. The artists: multimedia and graphic artist Rewina Beshue; Chris Martin, Oakland-based multidisciplinary artist; Detroit painter Sydney G. James; and Tony Whlgn, a canvas artist in Detroit, have created custom footwear inspired by their respective cities and Black lives, priced $90-$95.
Alongside the designs, Vans is also donating $40,000 to the Black Arts Fund, which “uplifts and enhances the future of Black arts and culture.” In a press statement, Vans said:
“As we live our purpose to enable creative expression, we are proud to partner with each artist to uplift and amplify their voices during Black History Month and beyond.”
The collection looks to celebrate the various different viewpoints in Black culture. Each week, the fashion retailer will dive deeper into the artist’s life and works to give them a platform as well. Shoppers can chose any of the custom designs below to go with any of the Vans silhouettes.
CUSTOMS REWINA BESHUE AUTHENTIC ($95)
CUSTOMS CHRIS MARTIN SLIP-ON ($90)
CUSTOMS SYDNEY G. JAMES SLIP-ON ($90)
CUSTOMS TONY WHLGN SLIP-ON ($90)
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Photo via Vans