Created on the premise that this genre of wearable art would never get made otherwise, founder David Stowe and an amazing lineup of artists have come together to bring Vannen to life. The first collection of limited edition Vannen Watches features designs by Buff Monster, Brian Morris, Chris Ryniak, Damon Soule and an exclusive edition by Dirty Donny. The second collection features models from artists Bigfoot, Blaine Fontana, Thomas Han, Brian Ewing and Travis Lampe.
Individually inspected, assembled and packaged by hand in the USA, every watch is treated like a true piece of art. Each selected artist is given a plastic watch as a canvas to showcase their original artwork and connect with the world. Constructing wearable art that is both functional and accessible - but still exclusive - Vannen has given the public a fun new way to show their taste in art and fashion and support a new movement in artistic achievement. And all artists design their own custom packaging.
Based loosely around the Swedish word vännen (meaning
"friends") brings some of today's best lowbrow art to wrists. Longtime
watch fan and founder David Stowe wanted to fill the void in a medium
that doesn’t always pair fashion with function, while incorporating his
idea that working with friends helps people discover artists thus
creating new friends.
Stowe also hopes that Vannen Watches will transform the insular
nature of collectors. “If someone buys an art toy, book or print, it
sits on their shelf collecting dust only to be seen by people who come
to their houses. With our watches, you can show the entire world your
taste in art and fashion.”