Christina J Wang Uses The Cutest Puppy Ever To Model Her Quirky Scarves
Speaking to Galore from a boat in Capri Italy (where she’s working on a currently top-secret collab) artist-turned-designer Christina J Wang reminded us of why an accessory as simple as a scarf is eternally chic. CJW’s line of visionary scarves aren’t your grandma’s silk neckerchiefs. Each piece tells its own story: anything from the process of dying dark hair blonde to sampling a singularly delicious piece of cake, and more often than not, the proceeds from CJW’s sales go straight back into the community. These quirky pieces are an indulgence that’s totally worth it: scroll down to find out more, and to see some AH-dorable puppies rocking CJW.
Galore Mag: Why scarves?
Christina J Wang: I was trained as a fine artist in oil painting and 2D art. It got to be a little lonely sometimes, making paintings alone in my studio, you don’t have anyone to talk to and unless the work gets bought or shone it can feel like a shot into the void. I wanted to channel my creativity towards something that felt more approachable, which is why I decided to make scarves. It’s a direct departure from painting for someone who had no training in fashion or garment making. It doesn’t require sizes or fitting, it’s a more simple product that utilizes my drawing and artistic skills.
GM: Where do you look for inspiration?
CJW: We don’t reference trends: the reference comes the same way I find inspiration for my art, from things I encounter in my every day life. Like a piece of chocolate cake I can’t get out of my head, or things I see when I travel. Every scarf has a unique story behind it. For example, the FW 15 collection was about parts that come together to make a whole. One that we did was the chocolate fudge cake and all the ingredients that make it up. Another was the Blonde Asian scarf: it’s all the products that it takes to make a very dark haired girl blonde!
GM: How do you use your scarves to give back?
CJW: Lucille Javier was the one who helped me go blonde and during the process I created the Blonde Asian scarf. She and her boyfriend, hairstylist Mark Bustos, had the idea that a haircut is a very universal act that can transform a person’s outlook. Weather you’re going in for a $400 haircut or getting a $30 trim on the side of the road, you emerge a better version of yourself: it’s a small indulgence that can connect a Park Avenue woman to someone whose living off the street, it really connects all of humanity. Lucille and Mark took that idea and created the #beawesometosomebody charity. They cut hair for homeless people and they’re driving across America doing it. The proceeds of the Blonde Asian scarf go towards that, it’s a cause with a soul.
GM: Are there any other ways that your business has helped you give back?
CJW: Besides the Blonde Asian, I collaborated I with my old high school to create the Exeter scarf. I went there to talk to the kids about art and the notion of creating a product. We drew a scarf together and worked out a marketing plan and the proceeds of that scarf went back to the school’s art department.
GM: Which celebrity would you want to see wear one of your scarves?
CJW: Funny ladies like Mindy Kaling or Lena Dunham, with a quirky sense of humor and don’t take style too seriously.