Leica Camera has teamed up with two stars of the skateboarding scene – the fashion label Vans, and pro skater, musician and photographer Ray Barbee. The trio has teamed up to produce the limited-edition Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee – an extraordinary camera that Vans says encapsulates the spirit and lifestyle of skateboarding culture. Vans, as anyone will know, has been creating skate shoes and apparel for more than five decades, staying true to its underground essence whilst gaining global recognition. The multi-talented Ray Barbee not only counts as a pioneer within the skateboarding scene but is also known as a successful musician and Leica photographer.
The Leica D-Lux 7 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 that 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 limited-edition Leica D-Lux 7 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 complement the collaboration with specially designed T-shirts as well as shoes (including a petrol-coloured model with red eyelets and checkerboard lining) adorned with quotes by Ray Barbee and Ernst Leitz II. Selected works by Ray Barbee are on show at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, coinciding with the camera’s market launch. The Leica D-Lux 7 Vans x Ray Barbee Edition is priced at £1,325.00. Available Store.leica-camera.com