LEGENDS COME TOGETHER
Limited Leica D-Lux 7 | Vans x Ray Barbee
Skateboarding, photography, music – these three activities make up the world of Ray Barbee, who has been a team rider for Vans for over 20 years. The pioneer of modern skateboarding is well-known for the elegant style that he also conveys to his Leica photography and his music. It was a real honour for Ray Barbee to join forces with the iconic brands of Vans and Leica, to design a camera. The limited, special edition,Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee is a camera that truly captures the feel of the skateboarding scene.
Designed with joy.
The limited, special edition Leica D-Lux 7 “Vans x Ray Barbee” delights with the iconic Vans checker board pattern. The top side is adorned with the engraved signature of Ray Barbee, skateboarder, musician and photographer. The Ray Barbee quote, “The joy is in capturing the journey” appears on one side of the dust bag especially designed for this camera; on the other side are the proverbial words by Ernst Leitz II, that launched the production of the Leica I: “Ich entscheide hiermit: Es wird riskiert” (“I hereby decide: it will be risked”, 1924). The carrier strap and dust bag in petrol green, perfectly complement the camera’s black and white design.
“Sometimes I want the viewers tosee what I saw, but more
importantly I want them to seewhat I didn’t see in my own
image. There’s a lot of beauty inappreciating different per- spectives.”
- Ray Barbee
Designed with joie de vivre
The Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition is covered in Vans’ iconic checkerboard pattern. The top plate of the camera features Ray Barbee’s signature, as well as the Vault logo – a sub-brand which Vans reserves for particularly high-end products and exclusive collaborations.
The set includes a specially designed carrier strap and matching dust bag, both in petrol blue. One side of the bag is adorned with Barbee’s quote, “The joy is in capturing the journey,” which has become the motto of this joint venture and its resulting products. The other side of the dust bag shows the famous words of Ernst Leitz II: “Ich entscheide hiermit: Es wird riskiert” (“I herby decide: the risk shall be taken”) – which marked the go-ahead for the production of the Leica I in 1924.
The limited-edition Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee has the same technical specifications as the serially produced model, distinguished by a large Micro Four Thirds sensor and fast zoom lens with a full-frame-equivalent range of 24 – 75 mm. Vans complements the collaboration with specially designed T-shirts as well as shoes (including a petrol-colored model with red eyelets and checkerboard lining) adorned with the afore-mentioned quotes by Ray Barbee and Ernst Leitz II. The Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition is priced at SGD$2,400.