For Fall 2021, Vans tapped New York fashion designer Sandy Liang to get her to take on the world’s most famous sea sponge: his infectious happiness, and the values of friendship, humor, positivity, and “Off the Wall” attitude the show shares with Vans.
Born and based in New York City’s Lower East Side, Sandy initially attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture but transferred to the Parsons School of Design after discovering her passion for clothing design. Prior to starting her eponymous label, which is deeply rooted in New York influence and style, Sandy interned or worked for several high-profile brands, including Opening Ceremony, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu.
Taking influence from grandma fashion, sport fem, nostalgia, and humor—as well as her background in architectural design, Sandy is a favorite among Downtown New York girls like model Soo Joo Park, stylist Kate Foley, and blogger Hanneli Mustaparta.
Sandy brings her unique aesthetic to two SpongeBob-inspired Sk8-Hi 38 DX colorways. Patchwork features a blue, purple, and teal beach-inspired patchwork design on the quarters, with black toe, tongue and heel cap, and a black side stripe. A second iteration of the Sk8-Hi 38 DX boasts an all-over pastel green and blue gradient, overlaid with pale pink tropical flowers inspired by another Sandy, Sandy Cheeks, the adventure-seeking squirrel.
In apparel, Sandy gives beloved SpongeBob characters a makeover, dressing them in her own clothing designs for their runway debut on her boyfriend fit tee, fleece hoodie, and twill bucket hat.