Sandy Ip of The Ski Project


Sandy Ip is the woman responsible for the finest edit for modern skiers

Words By Olivia Berry

Skiwear has made sartorial leaps since the knee-length skirts and heavy wool suits of the early 1900s when the sport snowploughed into mainstream culture. Today, style and functionality are more intricately connected – and expected – than ever before. Just ask Sandy Ip, the Hong Kong-born snow bunny that grew up holidaying in the Alps and now counts Niseko, Hokkaido, as her second home.

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Her newest venture – The Ski Project, a Japan-based retail concept launched in 2017 – is a multi-brand edit for the modern traveller, and a love letter to the fashion-savvy Asian customers who have been – until recently – starved of a luxury skiwear marketplace. It’s a curation of pieces designed to transport the wearer from the slope to the city, adding Lane Crawford Hong Kong and Shanghai to its pop-up circuit for Winter 2019. Here, the mogul unpacks her collection and style forecast for the season ahead.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background?

My background is in merchandise, retail operations and international business development previously with Pedder Group, Christian Louboutin, Chloé and 3.1 Phillip Lim. All the precious experience with these great organisations really helped me to start my own business. Having this collaboration with Lane Crawford feels like coming full circle.

What is the most in-demand piece this season?

The Rikur 2-in-1 jacket by GOLDBERGH which can be worn as a ski jacket combo or as a bodywarmer on its own.

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Does The Ski Project include snowboarding gear?

With the newest technology of 4-way stretch materials, most of our edit can be worn for snowboarding as well as skiing – another modern element of The Ski Project.

My favourite ski destinations is…

Niseko for the powder snow; St Moritz, Switzerland for the view of the frozen lake from the top of the slope, and medieval Megève, France for Christmas.

The biggest faux-pas of slopeside style is…

Jeans…I have seen people wearing them on the slopes before.

My top tips for packing for a ski trip are…

Layering! Pack an additional 2nd and inner layers as well as ski socks. And pack all your jackets and ski pants into a vacuum bag to get more space in your case.

This season, you won’t see me on the slopes without my…

Telluride ski suit from Cordova, Bogner Bamboo Helmet, Yniq Extended Vision goggles, Lacroix Ski Rechargeable heated gloves,and my shock-proof CASETiFY x The Ski Project phone case.

My ski beauty essentials are…

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Sun Drops SPF50 and Lip Balm, and my new favorite skincare line RARE SkinFuel with one of a kind "cold- press" ingredient) .

My go-to après ski look is…

I would wear all my skiwear on and off the slope but for a night out I would wear my 100 cashmere jumper and Ski Jacket by MIASUKI, an equestrian-inspired brand made in Italy who have launched their first skiwear line this season.

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My favourite ski style trend of all time is…

The one piece ski suit!

This season I’ll be listening to…

The Nammos Courchevel 1850 playlist.

Discover The Ski Project, an edit of the most stylish ski ensembles for this season, a pop-up collaboration between Lane Crawford and The Ski Project, online and in store at Lane Crawford ifc mall and Canton Road.

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