Anderson .Paak’s 2016 track Come Down has been streamed nearly 100million times on Spotify, seven million of us listen to him monthly, and he boasts two million followers on Instagram. So, as far as Global Music Ambassadors go, Vans made a good choice when they welcomed the Californian as their first star to fill the role.
Winning his first Grammy in 2019 for ‘Best Rap Performance’ with the song Bubblin, he scooped more in January of this year for ‘Best R&B Album’ with Ventura and ‘Best R&B Performance’ for the aforementioned Come Home, featuring Andre 3000 from OutKast.
Now AP and Vans, the original action sports brand, have released a range of footwear, apparel and accessories designed by the man himself. Dedicated to AP’s family, community and inspired by his sons, Soul Rasheed and Shine, this will be his second Vans collection.
The sneakers come in two “fun and funky” colourways ‘Soulito’ and ‘Ziti’. The former features cozy purple corduroy uppers, while the latter uses a multi-panel construction of blue, purple and green.
They both come with a green waffle sole, dubbed the colour of creativity while the ‘Yes Lawd’ catchphrase is featured on the inner lining.
Reimagining Old Skool, Vans say AP used their original skate school as his canvas for this latest collaboration, and it makes for a work of art. With his sons and family in mind, the footwear comes also in kids and toddler sizes.
And it’s not just kicks, no sireee. Vans are the self-proclaimed global advocates for creative expression and AP let his imagination run wild.
There is a reversible Chore Jacket, designed by the singer, merging a purple plaid or purple canvas option with a black corduroy collar. And the eclectic range also includes a purple corduroy backpack and a Vans x AP Bucket Hat, coming in purple plaid and a kelly green terry cloth colourway.
The Vans x Anderson .Paak collection is available worldwide beginning December 11 at Vans retail locations and online here.