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It was only a few months ago since Joe Freshgoods and Vans came together for their “Honeymoon Stage” Old Skool collection, but the two entities are linking back up in 2023 for a winter-focused project.

Shown here is the “Chocolate Valley Resort” Joe Freshgoods x Vault by Vans footwear and apparel capsule, which will hit retail tomorrow. According to the collaborators, the collection pays homage to the Chicago designers’ personal experience with Midwest winters while also honoring Black writers such as James Baldwin and Audre Lorde who traveled abroad to escape racism in America while building their literary careers.

Joe Freshgoods x Vault by Vans 'Chocolate Valley Resort'
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The capsule will include two iterations of both the Sk8-Hi Reissue Platform VLT LX and Slip-Hiker LX sneakers. There’s also an accompanying puffer jacket and a cardigan in the collection.

“Chocolate Valley Resort is inspired by my love for travel and research,” Joe Freshgoods said. “For this collection I wanted to create something that aligns with the rich history of Vault by Vans, but from a new perspective. Chocolate Valley Resort marries the history of Black travel and leisure with winter-ready pieces that blend playfulness and functionality.”

Readers will be able to cop the Joe Freshgoods x Vault by Vans “Chocolate Valley Resort” exclusively at and Every Now & Then in Chicago tomorrow, Jan. 21. A wider release of the collection will arrive on Jan. 27 at and at Vans retailers.

Article written by Victor Deng #SoleCollector

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