If two heads are better than one, that same rule can be applied to apparel brands. Come September, there will be several innovative collaborations being released at retail. These include an automobile company teaming up with an outdoor heritage brand on luxury goods for the masses, and two sportswear brands pushing the design envelope to revamp a classic footwear silhouette. Here are a few standouts:

NAME: Vault by Vans x Diemme and Horween footwear.

HISTORY: The West Coast skate brand Vault by Vans and Italian handcrafted footwear manufacturer Diemme are teaming up on a two-tone sneaker that will come to life in the form of the Sk8-Hi LX and the Era LX. In this fourth installment of the Vault by Vans’ partnership with Diemme, the sneaker will incorporate Chicago-based Horween leather and will be assembled in Italy. Known for its craftsmanship, Diemme footwear has been manufactured in Montebelluna, Italy, since the 1870s. Horween Leather Co. was founded in 1905 and continues to make all leathers by hand.


PRICE POINTS: $300 to $350.

KEY TAKEAWAY FOR THE SEASON: A simple and sophisticated sneaker that can be worn with trousers or jeans.

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