C2H4® (Molecular Formula for Ethylene) is all about the concept of chemistry. Established by designer Yixi Chen, combining influences curated from science and subversive culture, they express the fashion philosophy and experimental spirit with innovative garment constructions.
From collaborating with brands like asics, Mastermind Japan, Kappa respectively, they return with another project with California based brand, Vans.
Having released a pack of 2 in 2018 dubbed “the Ozone Generator”, the sneakers featured futuristic colours like light grey, salsa red and marine blue, also futuristic materials such as metallic sliver tape and transparent rubber. The design was inspired by the same name of the release.
3 years later, they embark on a new project with an updated mindset. Sticking with the ‘Chemists’ theme, the now 3 pack collection include the Vans Era, Old Skool and Mountain Edition. The Era silhouette dubbed “Virtual Reality Alpha”, is dressed in a white alyssum canvas nylon with black “Matrix of Conciousness” details printed all over. The midsole takes on a black monochrome look with text print near the toe and heel.
In contrast, the “Relic Stone” Old Skool dons a monochromatic aesthetic with the upper and midsole both dressed in a dark grey hue. The materials use a combination of suede and canvas as its foundation whilst the stripe utilises corduroy in white for contrast.
Lastly, the Vol. 2 Mountain Edition borrows similar resemblances to its Old Skool predecessor. The “Nightwalker” release is made up of a concoction of black leather underlays and black suede on the mid paneling, corduroy lining as well as a strap on the mid foot. Further down, a luminescent teal is used for the midsole.
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