Dennis Hopper “Lives” for Vans

Dennis Hopper started created a collection with Vans before his death this May.

A little over a year before Dennis Hopper passed away this May, the legendary actor and style icon started working on a collection for Vans. Hopper, who grew up wearing the classic sneakers, double checked with his son to make sure they were still cool before agreeing to collaborate with the California-based brand.  When he got the go ahead, he started working some of his most famous photographs onto T-shirts and the lining of hats and military jackets.  The ten-piece collection includes Chukka boots, a driver cap, and a t-shirt emblazoned with Hopper’s signature 1961 “Double Standard” photo, which also served as the name of his MOCA exhibition in Los Angeles last year.

“His anti-establishment nature and high value of self-expression match what we strive to accomplish with Vans,” said company representative Chris Overholser. “Further, he was connected to surf legend Herbie Fletcher and the Dogtown skate guys — all huge figures in Vans’ history.”

When Hopper passed away, his daughter Marin took over the design duties, putting the final touches on the product before its launch this month.  Urban Outfitters has the exclusive on the collection, which ranges in price from $38 to $198, and murals have just started to go up in New York.  A party celebrating the collaboration will take place at the Urban Outfitters at 628 Broadway in New York on Thursday night from 6-8PM.

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