Other streetwear labels riff on vintage sneaker design: VanNess Wu strips it down to the bone.
Since founding xVESSEL in 2018, the Taiwanese-American singer/actor turned designer has become an anatomist of street style. The label’s G.O.P. shoe line earned a commission from Yohji Yamamoto for SS20, and its directional aesthetics make it easy to see why.
The G.O.P. hits a grunge note with its distressed uppers, slashed and re-stitched into sections and fraying at the hems. But the eye-popping deconstruction happens at the midsole. Stacked layers with contrast stripe are displaced and cut away in sections – creating a disrupted line and visual interference that verges on trippy. At the midpoint, the layers are stripped all the way back to expose the cork footbed.
Cushioning for a smooth ride. Aesthetics designed for double-takes.
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