Hey Stoked Family,
We’re taking a new approach to our newsletter! We’ll be talking about new merch from top brands, trends we’re seeing in the market, and cool things happening in the industry. We’re hoping to inspire you and help you grow your brand!
To kick this off, we wanted to highlight a recent collab from 2 of the biggest brands in the world – Vans and Disney! The collab is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Disneyworld Resort in Florida, which opened its doors on October 1st, 1971.Disney x Vans
Disney x Vans
The collab turned out pretty great! Not to say that I’m surprised 2 of the world’s most well-known brands would kill it, but you never know if it would turn out to be a bop or a flop!
The general theme of the line has a vintage feel, using 70s versions of Mickey Mouse and gang and 2D map drawings of the park. The iconic Vans checkerboard is used throughout and it pairs really nicely with the retro Disney logo and fonts they picked. They used many classic blanks and silhouettes to modernize the throwback art, which I think was a solid choice to appeal to Gen Z and Millennials.
A Few Favorites 👍
Mickey Paint Tee and Fanny Pack -
Not surprisingly, Disney is extremely strict and protective over their brand. Their IP is some of the most valuable in the world and it’s understandable they want to protect that at all costs! We love this tee because it seems to go against that a little bit – the back shows Mickey painting his name in a graffiti-like font. It goes against the traditional Disney way and it has Vans signature written all over it!
Park Print Sneakers -
Old Skool’s are some of my favorite sneakers on the planet, so it make sense these would top the list. The allover park print is a nice touch to the light grey sneaker and adds a bright pop of color throughout. I love the vintage font and modified Mickey head on the midsole – getting streetwear vibes from this one!
Vintage Foam Trucker
I dig the red, white and blue trucker that’s ubiquitous with the Vans brand. A vintage Disney graphic on the front really pops on the white and it’s very on-trend with fonts reemerging these days. The Vans checkerboard down the side adds a nice bit of color from the side view, but it’s not overwhelming.
Didn’t Live Up To The Hype 👎
Park Print Hoodie -
This hoodie just didn’t do it for me. I really like the map graphics they created, but this hoodie just feels like an afterthought to me. I like that they tried the sleeve print, but I wish they would’ve balanced it with more print on the right sleeve as well. I know black is a staple in any wardrobe, but I think the choice of a black hoodie killed it for me too. I think something like a tie-dye or vintage wash could’ve given this piece some life.
Overall, we really liked this collection - we’d give it a 7/10! Check it out here!
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