Welcome to the House of Vans... VansX Eley Kishimoto Launch Party

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Aside from my trusty flatforms for nights out I rarely wear heels, being on my feet all the time at work, living in London and being 5'9 (and a half, that half is very important!) all contribute to why I'm such a lover of flats! Trainers are a go-to for me, be it my trusty Nike Airs, my slip-ons, or a good ol' pair of Vans, I'm a sucker for comfort. So you can imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox from the lovely folks at Access All ASOS inviting me along to the launch party of the Vans X Eley Kishimoto collection. 

For those of you not in the know Eley Kishimoto a husband wife design duo who are well known as masters of print and as a girl who loves an out-there print, I've long admired their work, sadly it's just often been a little out of my reach... Till now that is! The Living Art collection is a print lovers dream, with trainers, shirts, tees and even bucket hats, for those who partial to a wee hat.

Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, husband and wife design duo, founded Eley Kishimoto together in 1992 living by the maxim Print the World. Working alongside Vans’ design team, Eley Kishimoto applied two of their archive designs across the collection and introduces three exclusive prints, designed specially for Vans.   

Trainer lusting aside a few weeks ago my little brother Rowen and I headed along to The House of Vans, just by Waterloo station for the Living Art collection launch party. I'm so glad to have now discovered The House of Vans as a concept is incredible, it's a space for art, music, film and skating/BMXing; and it's right on my doorstep, so I'm keeping my eye on events and exhibitions there from now on! (I could easily a right a whole post dedicated to The House of Vans itself, which is likely once I've headed back there to check it out again and next time grab a bite to eat, I hear the cafe there is pretty great!) The space is perfect for a launch party the different tunnels create a really cool atmosphere, it was definitely one of my first tastes of a distinctly 'London' night out, there were lots of performances too representing some of the best of London's music scene. My little brother was gutted that we left early and missed JME and Ghetts (I hadn't heard of either of them, but he was devastated! Whoops!)

Tee- Primark
Skirt- Abandon Ship Apparel (no longer available.)
Old Skool Vans*
Dinosaur clutch- TheWhitePepper

 I've got my eye on the beaut flash print long sleeved shirt, especially as it's work suitable, yay for monochrome! ASOS have 5 of the trainer styles available online and I'm struggling to decide which are my favourites, I'm between the SK8-Hi's in Flash print or the Plimsoles in the Cracked Floral print... so many awesome designs!

The blow up wobbly printed things (technical term there...) were so cool, far too many photo opps'!
Thanks of course to the lovely folk from ASOS for inviting me along and everyone at The House of Vans, we had an amazing night and I'll definitely be back again soon, my little brother is a bmx/skateboarding fiend and was in his element; cool big sister points right there ;)

Sibling selfie!

Not gonna' lie was awfy' tempted to take a balloon home!

Apologies for the radio silence the past week or two, we didn't have internet in the flat for a few weeks (it felt like the dark ages...) so posting has proven a little problematic! And I've just got back from Gentlemen of the Road; Aviemore Stopover, but more on that later... Internet is fixed now so normal posting will finally resume, yay!

If you fancy having a trawl through all The Living Art Vans X Eley Kishimoto collection has to offer check it out here on the Vans website or for ASOS fiends such as myself right here.

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