At Baggins, we get excited for fun and exciting prints. While solid colour shoes make it easier to match with outfits or style, prints bring a certain “je ne sais quoi” to your wardrobe and offer a unique feel to your own fashion style. This blog we’re looking at two offerings in specialty fabrics from Vans and Converse for Spring 2021.
Liberty of London Fabrics
Liberty fabrics has an incredibly long and rich history. Beginning in 1875 in England by Arthur Liberty, the fabric company is known for echoing the artistic movements of the time and also influencing and contributing to them as well. (https://www.fabricsgalore.co.uk/blogs/news/the-history-of-liberty#:~:text=Liberty%20of%20London%20has%20an,shawl%20emporium%20on%20Regent%20Street.)
Liberty Fabrics are highly sought after through time from the Victorian age to today. Best known for florals, paisleys and their Hera print, Vans has borrowed from their back catalog and offered a few mixed materials deconstructed old skools. While this isn’t the first time Vans has collaborated with the fabric house, this offering is very 2021 pulling inspiration from mixed prints, colours and an almost DIY vibe.
The Vans Old Skool Liberty Fabrics Multi/ Patchwork Floral is a paisley/ floral print on the new deconstructed old skool silhouette. This new silhouette keeps the key elements of the old skool but makes it more lightweight, less bulky by removing the padded ankle and a slight bit more slender fitting. This patchwork paisley is very spring forward with two hues of Blue as the base and bright orange, pink and yellow accents.
The Vans Old Skool Liberty Fabrics Multi/ Black Floral keeps with the deconstructed feel by bringing in the ever-popular patchwork trend. Mixing three different florals including a ditsy floral, a watercolor inspired floral and a realistic floral print. The mix of textures and colors is exciting for someone wanting to add a bit more to their style without going overboard. This new deconstructed old skool silhouette keeps the key elements of the old skool but makes it more lightweight, less bulky by removing the padded ankle and a slight bit more slender fitting.
Converse is one of those companies who has offices around the world and many different design groups which pull inspirations from their surroundings. One of those offices is in Italy. Italy is known as the fashion capital of the world for avantgarde design and classic inspiration. The European market is flooded with unique and colorful prints and designs inspired by the architecture, art and design of the country. Rarely do we see these prints migrate over to North America but with the pandemic and limit resources, Converse has brought some of those high-end designs to us here.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70s Hi Top Habanero Red/Egret/ Rush Blue and the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70s Hi Top Gold Dart/Egret/Egret are two floral paisley prints featured on vibrant base colours. Inspired by summer colors brought in through their gardens and landscape these shoes are fun and unlike anything else from the Spring 2021. The 1970s shoes have a memory foam insole, off white vintage inspired rubber sole, upgraded canvas and eyelets for more durability and double stitching for a slightly different look from the classic Chuck Taylors.
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