Vans has partnered with numerous fashion brands and designers in the past. In recent times, however, they’ve also collaborated with Realtree and Baker collections. In its most recent announcement, Vans has confirmed its collaboration with New York fashion designer, Sandy Liang, for a limited-edition collection.
Liang is well-known for mixing materials, colours and prints to create bold and fresh takes on fashion. With her well-earned pedigree, Liang brings her signature design to create a unique take on classic Vans items from its archive, including sneakers, apparel and accessories. The collection draws inspiration from Liang’s hometown of Bayside, Queens, with influences from her grandmother, as well as her hand-me-downs growing up. This latest Vans collaboration embodies the magnetism and playfulness of those lifelong creative influences.
The collection of sneakers is based on the Vans Old Skool, Sport and Platform Slip-On silhouettes, featuring different iterations with particular focus on the mix of materials. The Old Skool is dedicated to the L.E.S. featuring black canvas uppers, exposed white stitching as well as custom Sandy Liang cotton laces. In addition, the outsole features butterfly prints and custom stitching on the heel. The Platform Slip-On is adorned in faux snow leopard fur, covering the entirety of the shoe, from the upper to the outsole. The Sport sneaker was designed to pay homage to Liang’s hometown of Bayside, which features a canvas of leopard print uppers on the lateral side with the traditional tartan plaid material on the medial side. The two prints are complimented by the checkerboard printed heel tab and finished off with custom laces.
In addition to the sneakers collection, the collaboration with Sandy Liang also features nine apparel and accessory pieces of various assortments. The collection encapsulates 90s nostalgia with the use of marbled colourways and its butterfly graphics elements and bejewelled detailing.
The Vans X Sandy Liang collection is available as of this week and can be purchased at all Vans outlets across the country.