Collaborations provide an opportunity for established brands to introduce new products infused with fresh ideas, surprising us with unusual, inspiring and sometimes hilarious joint ventures. Here's a selection of the fall season's hottest partnerships from some of action sports' coolest companies. Case in point: You couldn't put together a more authentic partnership than that of Jason Jessee, Converse and Santa Cruz Skateboards. Jessee's signature CONS CTS Mid gets laced up with his iconic "King Neptune" Santa Cruz graphic, making this pairing a must-have for fans of the legendary ripper.
Shorty's x Akomplice
Skate brand Shorty's and clothing company Akomplice have released a clever crossword puzzle T-shirt made up of questions about both companies' histories and featuring a hidden message written in hyperlight ink, which is visible only in sunlight. Each tee comes with a co-branded Sharpie marker to fill in the crossword puzzle.
Vans x Liberty
Vans and Liberty teamed up to offer classic Vans silhouettes that feature the kind of iconic floral- and graphic-print fabrics the high-end London retailer is known for.
L: The Pogues' notorious frontman, Shane "The Irish Rover" MacGowan, is the latest to grace the front of a Supreme T-shirt, continuing the New York streetwear giant's partnerships with music icons like Lou Reed and Public Enemy. R: Following the 40th anniversary of his death, Supreme has released a skateboard featuring kung fu legend Bruce Lee. The black-and-white photo shows Lee getting ready to administer a smack down, on a board that seems destined to hang on a wall rather than ride in the streets.
Skullcandy, AWS, Reebok
L: Skullcandy has partnered with the Harold Hunter Foundation to release 100 hand-numbered pairs of their popular Aviator headphones. The limited-edition headphones have custom caps and packaging, celebrate a life lived at full volume and remind us that legends never die. C: Alien Workshop's Jeff Dickson explains, "The Toro Y Moi project came about through his manager, whom we had worked with in the past for music rights. As it turns out, Chaz [from Toro Y Moi] has always been a fan of Alien Workshop, and expressed interest in working with us. After talking with him on the phone, it seemed a natural fit to feature his artwork on a board, especially as they were about to go on tour." R: "Haring's artistic style is legendary," says Todd Krinsky, global VP of Reebok Classic. "This collection, and our partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation, allows us to re-imagine the artwork of this groundbreaking genius through a new medium which will appeal not only to his greatest fans, but also introduce Haring to a new audience."
Nike SB x Poler Stuff
This fall, two Pacific Northwest staples, Nike SB and Poler Stuff, released a multifaceted collaboration of outdoor-inspired footwear and apparel. One of the standouts of the collection is the Poler Stuff camouflage makeover of Nike SB's popular Braata deck-style skate shoe.
Lakai x Diamond Supply Co.
Two skateboarding powerhouses are better than one, and that adage is proven amply in this collaboration from Lakai Footwear and Diamond Supply Company. The Diamond upgrade on Lakai's popular Telford model includes premium leather and suede, a higher mid-top construction and a grippy vulcanized sole.
Black Label, Converse
L: Black Label Skateboards (currently celebrating their 25th anniversary) has teamed up with upstart movement Beer Savage for a limited-edition skate deck. The board is made for shredding pools, but is also perfect for beverage runs. R: Maison Martin Margiela dips Converse's iconic Chuck Taylor sneaker in white paint -- which the Belgian fashion house is known for -- for their latest collaboration. The paint is designed to wear off, cleverly revealing the brightly colored canvas underneath.
Distinct Life x Reebok x Bicycle
Reebok Classic has teamed up with branding innovators Distinct Life and American staple Bicycle Playing Cards to create a deck for sneaker heads and card sharks alike. This limited-edition pack features the regular cast of characters -- jokers, aces and the royal court -- denominating 40 pairs of Reebok's most sought-after classic kicks.
The SK8room x Ai Weiwei
Continuing their streak of thought-provoking collaborations, The SK8room has released three decks with Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The outspoken contemporary artist references his previous work and his social criticism in the unique board series.
Arnette x Slayer
Considering all the pyrotechnics at a Slayer show, it was only a matter of time before they had signature "safety glasses." Purveyors of the finest metal, Slayer's partnership with optics powerhouse Arnette resulted in some heavy shades. (They're actually really light, but the vibes are heavy. And no, they're not intended to provide protection from explosions.)
5Boro x Smith St. Tattoo Parlour
5Boro Skateboards is all about New York pride, and their latest boards celebrate Brooklyn's own Smith Street Tattoo Parlour. The shop, known for classic-style ink, has decked out their 5Boro series with pin-up girls representing the five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island and Brooklyn.
3D Skateboards x Parra
In their first season, 3D Skateboards comes out swinging with a collaboration with Dutch artist Parra. Known for his use of vibrant colors, hand-rendered lettering and surreal characters, Parra is a natural fit for skater Brian Anderson's new brand.