We no longer present the iconic Vans brand sneakers. The “Authentic” model, with its resistant and grippy sole, won over skaters from southern California in the 1970s, before being exported internationally and in all layers of recent generations. Certainly cool and open to the world, Vans regularly collaborates with artists from all walks of life (Metallica, Takashi Murakami, Karl Lagerfeld, etc.), but also with franchises and pillars of pop culture, like The Simpsons, Disney or Star Wars again. After presenting its first eco-friendly sneaker last September, Vans marks once again at the start of the year, collaborating for the third time with New York designer Sandy Liang, through a whimsical collection made up of sneakers and clothes.
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A playful collection, inspired by childhood
During the first two parts of the collaboration between the artist and the brand, the flagship models of Vans were already adorned with a good dose of fun and a touch of nostalgia. Even today, the touch of the creative Sandy Liang can be found on four iconic models of Vans sneakers. Butterflies, small blue flowers, smileys as drawn in a pen or even pine green sherpa fabric cover the upper of some models, while a frilly collar surrounds the top of a high-top sneaker. Elements far from trivial for the designer with a childish universe. For the clothes, we find the same playful spirit, with offbeat prints, pop and colorful graphics and nineties energy, coming from the designer’s childhood memories. Inspired by “grandmother’s fashion” and her own memories, Sandy Liang delivers a collection imbued with nostalgia and humor.