New York-native Sandy Liang has linked with Vans on a 13-piece collection of shoes and clothing highlighting the designer’s downtown cool and cozy aesthetic, inspired by growing up in the City’s Lower East Side neighborhood where her father still operates a popular Chinese restaurant called Congee Village.
The partnership was hinted out with the label’s spring 2020 presentation, which included a platform Vans silhouette. Reflecting on her process, Parson-grad Liang told Vogue, ” It was such an interesting exercise. I had to look at what I really cared about and what was core to me and distill that into something I could work with and apply to the classic Vans styles.”
The effort inspired a trip down memory lane for Liang, who explained, “I think I literally scrolled through all of my past collections and looked at the photos on my phone. I would write down whatever made me feel something, whether it was the piercing and crystal detail from my college thesis collection or the plaid-and-leopard combo that I would always see on Chinatown grandmas. My favorite part was sketching because I just got to play.”
Ranging in price from $14-$200, the collection will launch on February 21, 2020 on vans.com and sandyliang.info.
Check out a preview of the collection and the footwear below.