Interview with Three Vans Collectors
How did they start collecting Vans and why?

How did they start collecting Vans and why?


Regarding of this subjective question, our three collectors answered quite differently, but they do have some thoughts in common. Eason’s answer is:

“In the beginning. I was like everyone. I didn’t know much about Vans, only thought it’s not like brands such as Nike and Converse and it’s cool. Since I get to know more about the brand, I started to like it and then it became my favorite. In 2013, my parents decided to send me abroad for education. When asked about where I wanted to go, I answered Los Angeles without hesitation, because Southern California is where Vans was founded, and I just had to go there. So, I went to LA and stayed from then on.”

“I discovered a lot of Vans collectors on Instagram. From them, I leaned about the rare and limited collaborations, and the concept of collecting. Then I slowly started to save money and buy models that I like. In 2015, I went to this Vans X Syndicate final exhibition, and was more convinced of my Vans collections goals.”


Eason’s Collections

Zehua Li:

 


“I don’t exactly remember how I started collecting Vans, but I do remember clearly which model contributes to my first collection: The Half Cab of Fall 2013 Vault by Taka Hayashi collection. From this one, I learnt that some shoes are not only for wearing, and that’s how I started.”

 

Zehua Li’s Collection

 

Of course, the most direct answer is Dafu’s answer that strike at the heart: “First resaon is I like them. Second is they are too precious to wear, so I decided to collect them.”

 


These three collectors all started because they love how Vans look, but their types of collections are different. For Eason, the bone series in collaboration with Blends stores, and the WTAPS collabs are his major preys.

 

Zehua Li’s collection is more complicated.


“My collection covers from skaters’ signature shoes to the seven classic models. I don’t think there’s a reason behind my collection, but I do prefer Old Skool models. I won’t over-respect joint brand models, for I think as long as they are made with care and is rich in content and culture, I would go collect them and get to know what’s the story behind them. For the past two years I’m more interested in music and artist related collaborations, but that doesn’t mean I’m not into other excellent joint collections.”

 

Dafu tends to collect music and artist related collaborations as well.

 

“The addition of details such as shoe boxes, cloth bags and crystal outsoles play some role in capturing my attention and giving more credit to a pair of shoes. I have much too collections to name one as my favorite, because no matter which one I miss, I’ll have the desire to find it. Maybe I just like the process of finding it.”

Photography:Steppy

Editor:MIAO/S

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Interview with Three Vans Collectors
How did they start collecting Vans and why?

How did they start collecting Vans and why?


Regarding of this subjective question, our three collectors answered quite differently, but they do have some thoughts in common. Eason’s answer is:

“In the beginning. I was like everyone. I didn’t know much about Vans, only thought it’s not like brands such as Nike and Converse and it’s cool. Since I get to know more about the brand, I started to like it and then it became my favorite. In 2013, my parents decided to send me abroad for education. When asked about where I wanted to go, I answered Los Angeles without hesitation, because Southern California is where Vans was founded, and I just had to go there. So, I went to LA and stayed from then on.”

“I discovered a lot of Vans collectors on Instagram. From them, I leaned about the rare and limited collaborations, and the concept of collecting. Then I slowly started to save money and buy models that I like. In 2015, I went to this Vans X Syndicate final exhibition, and was more convinced of my Vans collections goals.”


Eason’s Collections

Zehua Li:

 


“I don’t exactly remember how I started collecting Vans, but I do remember clearly which model contributes to my first collection: The Half Cab of Fall 2013 Vault by Taka Hayashi collection. From this one, I learnt that some shoes are not only for wearing, and that’s how I started.”

 

Zehua Li’s Collection

 

Of course, the most direct answer is Dafu’s answer that strike at the heart: “First resaon is I like them. Second is they are too precious to wear, so I decided to collect them.”

 


These three collectors all started because they love how Vans look, but their types of collections are different. For Eason, the bone series in collaboration with Blends stores, and the WTAPS collabs are his major preys.

 

Zehua Li’s collection is more complicated.


“My collection covers from skaters’ signature shoes to the seven classic models. I don’t think there’s a reason behind my collection, but I do prefer Old Skool models. I won’t over-respect joint brand models, for I think as long as they are made with care and is rich in content and culture, I would go collect them and get to know what’s the story behind them. For the past two years I’m more interested in music and artist related collaborations, but that doesn’t mean I’m not into other excellent joint collections.”

 

Dafu tends to collect music and artist related collaborations as well.

 

“The addition of details such as shoe boxes, cloth bags and crystal outsoles play some role in capturing my attention and giving more credit to a pair of shoes. I have much too collections to name one as my favorite, because no matter which one I miss, I’ll have the desire to find it. Maybe I just like the process of finding it.”

Photography:Steppy

Editor:MIAO/S

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