A trend setter since 1966, Vans is always ahead of the curve. For spring, the ‘Off The Wall’ brand partners with New York designer Sandy Liang on a fashion forward collection of footwear and apparel. Known for mixing materials like fleece with unique colors and prints, Sandy Liang draws inspiration from her hometown New York and its downtown cool kids, her grandma, and the hand-me-downs of her youth. The quirky collaboration features unique takes on five classic Vans styles plus a head to toe apparel including a hoodie, tee, bike shorts, bucket hat, and crossbody bag.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 upper, each is as unique as the last. With a built-in ankle bracelet and multiple metal charms sewn directly to the pink velour upper, the Sandy Liang Era stands out as the hero of the lot. Also noteworthy is the similarly styled Old Skool (a second Old Skool colorway features black butterfly art and custom laces), and a cheetah print Classic Slip-On Platform and Vans Sport.On the apparel side, the theme of ‘90s nostalgia continues with marbled colorways and butterfly iconography. The Sandy BF Hoodie features an exaggerated boyfriend fit with novelty eyelets on the hood some with piercing detailing along with embroidered and screen-printed graphics. The Sandy LS BF Tee is made of heavy cotton jersey with novelty wash and discharge bleach art Butterfly graphic on chest and is finished with Checkerboard sleeves. The cycling inspired Sandy Bike Short is a cotton spandex blend with novelty snakeskin print and 7” inseam. A polka dot printed twill Bucket Hat with contrast satin lining and faux sherpa fashion bag—the Sandy Crossbody—featuring a single adjustable strap, exterior zip pocket, elastic cording for extra carrying options, metal hardware and a logo patch mounted on leather rounds out the accessories.

The Vans x Sandy Liang collection will be available in February 2020.

Timotej Letonja