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In honor of the Cortez by A.L.C. drop, we traded missives with A.L.C. founder—and self-proclaimed Nike girl for life—Andrea Lieberman.
Nike and Lieberman go way back. Before she put J.Lo in The Green Dress or moved to L.A. to launch a line of modern essentials that The Coveteur called "destined for greatness," the Parsons-schooled designer was styling hip-hop videos and '90s music icons before styling was really even a thing. And she often turned to Nike to help make her visions come to life.
Years later, Lieberman would present each of her pre-fall '16 looks with a pair of Cortez kicks—the ultimate high/low mash-up. "We garnered a lot of press for using the Cortez in all our lookbooks and bringing it into the fashion landscape again," Lieberman told us. "And Nike took notice."
"Using the Cortez is more than just a stylistic choice, it represents a mindset. I believe that confidence, style and comfort are not mutually exclusive. We're real women running our lives our way, and that's what this collaboration represents."
"I love that these shoes speak to individuality and personal style. They pair easily with any look, and the extra-long laces mean the wearer can tie them around her ankles and really make them her own."
"I wanted the shoe to feel elevated in color and material—but wearable."
"One of my favorite details is just for the wearer. In each shoe's sock liner is one of our A.L.C. tenets; they're words we live by at A.L.C. that also speak to the Nike woman:
Do it. Own it.
Think how you can."
Andrea Lieberman on inspiration, L.A. vibes and more.
You've been making clothes since you were a kid and you trained at Parsons, but your first big waves in the industry were made as a stylist. What's the one thing that hasn't changed as you transitioned from stylist to shop owner to A.L.C. founder?
As a stylist, it was always about finding that perfect look that made my client look and feel great. This is a mindset that I've continued as a designer; I'm constantly thinking of the A.L.C. woman and what will make her feel most confident and inspired.
What keeps you going when you hit creative dry spells?
Living in L.A., I am constantly inspired. Not only are we surrounded by natural beauty, we're also at the epicenter of the film industry, which brings incredible costume houses and vintage stores.
If you could dress anyone you haven't yet dressed or styled, who would it be and why?
Sade is my ultimate muse—it would be a dream to style her.
Describe your studio (or wherever you sketch at home after the kids have gone to bed).
At night, I'll sneak away to our guest room that I've unofficially converted into a cozy corner full of inspiration. I put on my favorite reggae playlist and get to work!