ALEXANDER WANG: A FAMILY AFFAIR

he describes his style as “M.O.D – models off-duty”.

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Alexander Wang is an American fashion designer. His eponymous label embodies a cool, utilitarian chic, downtown style that is favored by both critics and models alike — he describes his style as “M.O.D – models off-duty.”

Born in San Francisco to parents of Taiwanese descent, Wang grew up steeped in beach culture, but moved to New York at 18 to attend the Parsons School of Design. After dropping out in his second year, he began his label in 2004 (which launched with a range of unisex cashmere sweaters) at just 19.

He launched his first full women’s ready-to-wear collection at New York Fashion Week in 2007.

In 2008, he won the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, where he received US$20,000 to expand his business. Diane von Furstenberg became his mentor (he cites Anna Wintour and his mother as his other two guides in life), even after he once declined an offer from her to design jumpers for DVF.

In 2009, Wang launched a diffusion line, T by Alexander Wang, which featured pre-weathered cotton T-shirts, tank tops, and T-shirt dress, as well as a footwear collection featuring platform sandals. He has also launched a line of handbags, and, in late 2011, he launched his first sneaker line.

During New York Fashion Week in February 2012, Wang opened his first flagship store in Soho. Now there are 16 flagship stores around the world with 138 stockists.

Wang’s label is a family affair. His brother, Dennis, serves as chief financial advisor for the brand; his sister-in-law, Aimie, is the chief principal officer; and his mother is also involved behind-the-scenes.

In 2016, Wang became the CEO and chairman of the Wang brand, succeeding his mother, Ying Wang, and sister-in-law, Aimee Wang. Later that year, he was awarded $90 million in damages after successfully suing over 45 defendants operating 459 websites that sold counterfeit goods bearing its name. However, the reward is mostly symbolic, as neither Wang nor the brand will likely receive that amount. Wang hosted a 2016 New York Fashion Week show.

In 2017, Wang was named one of HypeBeast’s HB100, their top 100 influencers in the industry.

Alexander Wang is an open supporter of the LGBTQ community. In 2018, Wang partnered with Trojan to release a limited-edition “Protect Your Wang” capsule collection in support of the LGBTQ community and to celebrate Pride.

Wang’s mother is very superstitious. When she was pregnant with Wang at 40, she was hesitant to go through with the pregnancy and sought a fortune teller for advice who ultimately told her to go through with the pregnancy as it would be beneficial in the end.

While Wang is associated with sportswear, he is not athletic and has never played sports.

Alexander Wang’s youthful spirit revolutionized the urban uniform. His eponymous label adopts elements of New York nightlife and street culture, offering refined clothing for women in an array of leather, silk, and denim. Hailed the wunderkind of the fashion industry, look out for timeless bags and studded shoes in our selection of Alexander Wang for women here.

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