Artist Christina Wang is known for her cheeky line of printed silk and cashmere scarves and pajamas. Her latest collection is a love letter to Los Angeles. And while she included the obligatory images of the Hollywood sign and palm trees, there’s also the bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich from Eggslut, a jar of jam from Sqirl, and a slice of pizza from Gjelina.
The Instagram-obsessed will recognize the bright pink Paul Smith wall. Wang worked in personal favorites, too, like kalbi from Korean barbecue joint Soot Bull Jeep and the TO TELESCOPE sign at the Griffith Observatory.
The 31-year-old Hong Kong native sort of stumbled into the fashion business. After completing her MFA in New York, Wang was looking for a way to make her art more consumable. “Everything I paint or draw centers around comfort and coziness,” she says. “So scarves and pajamas just felt like an organic step.”
As for L.A., Wang has never actually lived here. She developed an affinity for the place on family vacations as a kid and on frequent visits from her New York base with her husband, who grew up in Hancock Park. To hear her tout the ice-cream-to-cookie ratio of the sandwiches at McConnell’s, you can tell she’s done her research. “I don’t want my drawings to be generic or obvious or something you could get of a Yelp review,” she says. “I don’t draw anything I haven’t experienced or eaten or liked.”