DQM x Vans ‘Square Ones’

DQM will be releasing its Summer 14 footwear collection in collaboration with Vans next Thursday, August 7th. Made exclusively for DQM, the shoes are inspired by the utility and economy of a basic, what it means for a product to be useful, to be essential or classic. The concept is inspired by the Japanese ‘Muji’ brand of utility items, as well as fashion classics: blue jeans, white t-shirt, M-65, black leather motorcycle jacket.

A true ‘basic’ is designed with simplicity, utility and economy in mind; a basic is something that works. Considering what the aesthetic and functional qualities of a manufactured product would be if you only had one of it, DQM has pared back Vans’ Sk8-Hi, Old Skool and Authentic styles to the very essentials. Built to be worn daily, the shoes are constructed in a light-weight cotton ripstop fabric that won’t tear, in a wear with anything white. They feature tracer cord laces that won’t break, a flexible and washable light-weight Ortholite insole, and deconstructed styling including stitched side stripes.

Produced in a limited edition, the Square Ones collection will be available in men’s and women’s sizes at The Vans DQM General in SoHo, New York and The Vans DQM General on Newbury St. in Boston, MA, as well as online at dqmnewyork.com, on August 7th.

Photographed by Dominic Neitz in Brooklyn, New York. Worn by Richard Quintero.

Tashi Stricker