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Ricky Liang and Sandy Liang, with their grandmother Luo Bi Wen (center) and their dogs Luna and Tim Tam. Ricky wears a Sandy Liang vest. Luo Bi Wen wears a Sandy Liang jacket and earrings. Sandy wears a Sandy Liang cardigan, dress, necklace, and ring. All other clothing and accessories their own.

Photograph by Nick Waplington.

For our 2019 'Friends and Family' issue, we asked eight families—from multigenerational clans to collaborators who lean on each other like kin—to share what they’re giving and asking for this holiday season. Contributing editor Karin Nelson sat down with each group to paint a picture of their relationships and what they're getting up to this year.

If her parents, both Chinese immigrants, had their druthers, New York–born Sandy Liang probably wouldn’t have become a fashion designer. Her mother, May, believed in never buying anything at full price, and thought that caring about one’s appearance was a waste of time; in Sandy’s father’s eyes, the only legit jobs were those that required a license. Still, when Liang needed a place to sew her first collection in 2014, her father, Peter, who owns the restaurant Congee Village in Manhattan’s Chinatown, let her use its basement storage space—now her official studio—and offered up the dining room as the venue for her first formal presentation. Two years ago, when she received a mention in a Hong Kong newspaper, her parents finally expressed their pride: “My dad was like, ‘Oh,’ ” Liang recalls. Colorful and slightly mismatched, Liang’s designs are inspired by the women in her Lower East Side neighborhood—especially Chinese grandmothers. Her own paw paw, Luo Bi Wen, who played a big role in raising Liang while her parents worked, is perhaps her greatest muse, popping up in lookbooks and campaigns wearing the designer’s fleece jackets and wonderfully eccentric shearling coats. “Family factors a lot into my brand because it’s so much based on personal references,” Liang explains. “But also out of necessity—you have to get scrappy as a young designer, and it doesn’t get more scrappy than relying on your family.” Case in point: She regularly calls on her older brother, Ricky, a lawyer, to do her legal work. “I get a sibling rate,” she says, “But I’m always at the bottom of his pile.”

Hermès sandals, $1,150, 800.441.4488.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Agent Provocateur camisole, $345, 212.343.7370.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Kilometre Paris blanket, $2,160, matchesfashion.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Bulgari gold and diamond watch, $40,100, 800.BVLGARI.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Sandy Liang sweater, $395, sandyliang.info.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Hachimitsu No Mori candles from Roman and Williams Guild, $18–$28 each, rwguild.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Botticelli Ceramics mugs, $330–$345 each, and demitasses, $230 each, botticelliceramics.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Star Dust, Glitter Rock, and Smash Glitz, $28 each, sephora.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

See’s Candies assorted chocolates, $63, sees.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

ReFa Carat Face roller, $220, refausa.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

Givenchy tote, $1,790, givenchy.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.

John Derian ornaments, $66–$95 each, johnderian.com.

Photograph by Rob Kulisek; Set Design by Kate Atkinson.