Born to a Chinese father, Japanese mother, and raised in the U.S., Alexander Lee Chang's tri-cultural up brings gave the young designer an unique prospective in design. It also create an interesting flavor to his creation. Little wonder he's currently the most talked about designer in the Japanese contemporary fashion scene. And as with the majority of his goods, the new collaboration is an exercise in experimentation and cross culture propositions. Dubbed the Alexander Lee Chang x VANS Era , the simple black patent leather sneaker features elements taken from VANS history as a footwear label, mashed together into an amalgamation black and white silhouettes.