Designer Taka Hayashi Talks Vans & Inspiration

Taka Hayashi

While Vans silhouettes are iconic in their own right, their Vault By Vans line remains among their most coveted. And, its designer Taka Hayashi who has made his mark in the premium label.

With nearly a decade under his belt, the fellas at HypeBeast recently caught up with him to talk about his beginnings, his inspiration, and the future.

Below are a few excerpt. Read the full piece at Hypebeast.com.

On his take on Vans originals: "I try to bring the details of my own work to the shoe but I never try to over design it. I’ll add subtle accents to the Vans Stripe or maybe add to the heel tab. Each Vans silhouette has such distinct heritage to it already so it’s important to let those stories speak for themselves."

On inspiration: While his own artwork provides inspiration for his designs, Hayashi admittedly “goes elsewhere for ideas before applying [his own] style to footwear.” Vans sends its design team to various locations around the globe to acquire new tastes and influences, constantly keeping them inspired. “Designers actually get to go on inspiration trips – to Egypt, Morocco, Italy where we immerse in the culture for a short while and come back to California with refreshing ideas,” says Hayashi. Most recently, he was sent to Morocco where he was “blown away by their leather craft and artisanal goods.” This inspiration will become the core of Vault by Vans 2016 spring/summer collection. While each model is trademarked by Hayashi’s detailing, the designer still holds Vans’ heritage highly, “I try to bring the details of my own work to the shoe but I never try to over design it. I may add subtle accents to the Vans Stripe or to the heel tab, but it’s important not to overshadow the distinct stories of each model.”