The Vans collaboration takes inspiration from one of my favorite Japanese Anime series, Mobile Suit Gundam. I put together patterns from famous Mobile Suit models and applied them with a tactical military aesthetic.
The Sk8-Hi Zaku was inspired by the standard infantry of the Principality of Zeon Army that are deployed in most battles. The Zaku is one of the most iconic Mobile Suit in the series that has a recognizable olive green finish to it's armor.
The Authentic Char's Zaku is influenced by Gundam's antagonist, Char Aznable, whose personality includes discipline, battle driven, and ruthless. His character trait was merged with the red tiger camo, along with his signature Zaku Mobile Suit.