Alexander Wang talks personal taste: Part Two

Blueberries, backpacks (in snakeskin) and Banksy round off his list of likes

Alexander Wang at his New York Studio
Alexander Wang at his New York Studio | Image: Dylan Coulter

My style icon is my mom. She is a complete individual, and not influenced by fashion. She’s always been her own person and doesn’t follow trends – although she is a great wearer of my clothes. She’s a breath of fresh air.

Barneys New York
Barneys New York | Image: Getty Images

The site that inspires me is New York City. It is always evolving and no other city moves as fast or has such incredible energy. I love that a particular area can be hot one day, and dead the next. I find the Upper East Side particularly inspiring.

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The best souvenirs I’ve brought home are incredible pictures from my trip to Hawaii. My friends and I took digital images and flairhomecollection.com). IF, 94 Grand Street, New York 10013 (+1212-334 4964; ifsohonewyork.com).

Alexander Wang and his mother Ying Wang
Alexander Wang and his mother Ying Wang

An object I would never part with is my iPhone. My whole life revolves around it – from my emails to my pictures to all of my personal and professional contacts. This is probably the one thing that I own that travels with me everywhere. 

Embossed croc Wallie Backpack, €1,182; available online in the autumn
Embossed croc Wallie Backpack, €1,182; available online in the autumn

An indulgence I would never forego is quality time spent travelling with friends and family. That feels like a real indulgence when you’re working in this industry. I especially like to take time off in the summer, and over the past few years I’ve visited wonderful places.

Artwork attributed to Banksy, on wall in north London
Artwork attributed to Banksy, on wall in north London | Image: Getty Images

The thing I’m eyeing next is my classic Wallie Backpack, but redone in matte black anaconda. I carry this bag with me every day and I’d love it in a different skin. This one will be a special edition just for me. 

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The best gift I’ve given recently was surfing lessons to my nine-year-old nephew who lives in San Francisco. My sister took him to Hawaii last year and he loved it, so I thought the lessons were a great follow-up gift. The other present was a pair of leopard-print denim cut-offs for my two-year-old niece. They came from the most amazing Japanese childrenswear shop downtown, Trico Field. Surfing lessons from $40; Surf Camp Pacifica, www.surfpacifica.com. Denim cut-offs, $141; Trico Field, 65 West Houston Street, New York 10012 (+1212-358 8484; www.tricofield.net).

And the best one I’ve received is the news that I can still get my friends to travel with me over New Year’s. Rather than exchanging presents, we give each other wonderful trips and we’ve gone to Brazil, Las Vegas and Hawaii over the past few years to celebrate.

In my fridge you’ll always find blueberries. I like them on my breakfast cereal or by the handful; easy and not too messy. I’m always on the go so I don’t cook at home – I think my oven has been used a total of three times since I have lived in my apartment.

My favourite room is actually my entire apartment, as it’s one large room. I live in a downtown loft and I love the open spaces and high ceilings. It has great light and I can be a wanderer at home.

If I didn’t live in New York, the city I would live in is London. For one thing, they speak my language, but more importantly, I love the sense of individuality and eccentricity. I usually stay with friends in Holland Park, where I’m always amazed by the rows of beautiful white stucco houses. I also love Royal China for dim sum – I think it’s the best anywhere in the world – as well as Spitalfields for flea-market finds. Royal China, 13 Queensway, London W2 (020-7221 2535; www2.royalchinagroup.biz. Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London E1, www.spitalfields.co.uk.

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