Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, is proud to partner with New York fashion designer, Sandy Liang for a limited-edition collection set to debut February 21. Known for mixing materials, colors and prints for a bold but youthful take on fashion, Liang brings her signature design approach creating a unique take on five of Vans Classic footwear styles alongside an apparel and accessories assortment for a head-to-toe product offering. Liang draws inspiration from her hometown of Bayside, Queens, her grandma and the hand-me-downs from her youth and her collection with Vans embodies the magnetism and playfulness of those lifelong creative influences.
“To see my ideas come to life on such an iconic collection of footwear and apparel is a dream come true” said Sandy Liang. “This collection embodies the playful dreaminess of the nineties, as well as the grittiness of downtown New York City.”
Across each of the Vans x Sandy Liang footwear iterations, materials play a defining role. From fleece-like cheetah prints to metal jewelry affixed directly to the uppers, each is as unique as the last. With a built-in ankle bracelet and metals charms sewn directly to the pink velour upper, the Sandy Liang Era stands out as the hero of the five-piece assortment. A complimentary Old Skool is dressed in pink velour inspired by the couch found in Liang’s Lower East Side Studio and is updated with crisscross chain detailing. A second Old Skool is dedicated to the L.E.S. and showcases black canvas uppers and exposed white lock stitching, custom Sandy Liang cotton laces, butterfly adorned outsoles and custom stitching on each heel.
Liang reimagines Vans’ Platform Slip-On with snow leopard fur which covers the entirety of the shoe – from upper to sole. Rounding out the assortment is the Vans Sport paying homage to the designer’s hometown of Bayside, NYC. The Vans Sport features canvas leopard uppers on one side and a traditional tartan plaid on the medial side complimented with a checkerboard printed heel tab and custom laces.
The Vans x Sandy Liang nine-piece apparel and accessories assortment perfectly encapsulates ‘90s nostalgia through the use of marbled colorways, butterfly iconography and bejeweled detailing. Key apparel styles include the Sandy BF Hoodie that offers an exaggerated boyfriend fit with novelty eyelets, piercing details around the hood, embroidered branding and zip code accents. The Sandy LS BF Tee is made with a heavy cotton jersey with an allover cloud wash featuring a bleach application that reveals a butterfly graphic and checkerboard printed sleeves. The cycling inspired Sandy Bike Short is a cotton spandex blend with novelty midnight navy snakeskin print. For the ultimate ‘90s look, the Sandy Tank, plush pant and crop hoodie give the ultimate in statement comfort as an homage to sport-inspired track suits.
The Sandy Polo is inspired by a throwback worth bringing back and the Sandy Jumpsuit is dressed up in lotus pink with flat rivets around the collar and out seam with 10002 embroidered at the chest. Using a gas-station style jacket as inspiration, Sandy Liang has applied an all-over polka dot print to both a jacket and bucket hat. Rounding out the accessory’s assortment are the Sandy Fanny with metal chain and hardware, the Sandy Crossbody featuring faux shearling, and the Sandy Sock in both the lotus and white colorways.