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Brooks & Vans create accessories & footwear collection

Saddle specialist hooks up with footwear giant for limited edition lineup

Brooks England, most famous for its leather saddles, is hooking up with Vans to release a limited edition collection of accessories and footwear for riding.

The range, created by designer Taka Hayashi, comprises the Vans TH OG Sk8-Hi LX and TH OG Classic Slip-On LX shoes, along with special editions of the Brooks Barbican shoulder bag and Swift saddle.

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“I chose the Swift model, which is one of my favourite saddles from the Brooks collection,” said Taka Hayashi. “I wanted to incorporate the Swift symbol and incorporate cues from south-western motifs.”

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That explains why the designs have something of a gunslinger look to them, to eyes at least.

“The saddle motif is applied with a moulded emboss plate, which is a unique process,” said Taka Hayashi. “For the sneakers, we chose to utilise laser etching to maintain the detailed design work and craftsmanship.”

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2016 is the 150th anniversary of Brooks England and the 50th anniversary of Vans. 

The collection will be available from 3 December 2016.

Prices? We’re working on 'em.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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