Jackson Wang on design, art and China – WWD

SHANGHAI— For Jackson Wang, the Hong Kong-born singer and director of lifestyle fashion brand Team Wang Design, work and play have seamlessly integrated this summer.

During the release of the “Sparkles – Mudance” capsule collection for her brand, Wang held a “Human Remix” party at Singapore’s largest nightclub, Marquee, to celebrate the launch and introduce new artists such as Laurie, Xenzu , Boytoy and local beatbox champ Dharni, under his record label.

Jackys, Wang’s fan nickname, showed up in droves dressed in Mudance outfits. “It becomes part of our brand culture. When we drop something in an area, we throw a party,” Wang said.

It’s been a busy year for 28-year-old Wang. In April, he made history by becoming the first Chinese solo artist to perform at Coachella as part of 88rising’s showcase at the music festival. This month, Wang released “Cruel,” the second single from “Magic Man,” a solo album that will be released in September. In late August, Wang will headline 88rising’s Head in the Clouds 2022 festival alongside Rich Brian and Niki in Pasadena, California.

“For me, that makes my story,” Wang said. “Not only the music, but I also want to bring everything I do into the world. It is the same as creating Team Wang Design. We want to bring more values ​​to the international level.

For her fashion brand, which Wang launched with her childhood friend Henry Cheung in Shanghai two years ago, Mudance is the first collection to get a global push. The capsule simultaneously launched month-long pop-up stores in Chengdu’s popular IFS shopping destination, Bangkok’s iconic luxury mall, Emquartier, and Singapore’s first mall, Voco Orchard, on August 4.

“Sparkles — Mudance” pop-up store by the Wang Design team.

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“We are a Chinese brand, but that doesn’t mean we always have to stay at home. The biggest part is sharing what we have and spreading our story. We have to show people what we have,” Wang said.

Replacing the brand’s signature black and white patterns with a lively pastel pink palette, Mudance featured vibrant digital prints of the Chinese peony Mudan, China’s national flower. In a nod to the Year of the Tiger, Wang also added a wavy tiger tail to the printed pattern.

The 12-piece summer collection includes floral print bikini sets, Hawaiian shirts, beach towels and floaties. The popular items sold out almost immediately on Team Wang Design’s Wechat Mini program and the brand’s official website.

“I always wanted to do bikinis, which a lot of people told me not to do. Who cares? I’m just going to do it,” Wang said of one of her favorite products. of the collection.

The design process for this collection was deceptively fast. “I thought about it in five minutes,” Wang said. “That doesn’t mean I don’t respect art. It just means it randomly hit my head and I trust that gut feeling.

Trusting your instincts has become Wang’s motto, especially after the pandemic. He’s open about the “negative moments” that consumed him in 2020, which changed his approach to work and life.

“Whoever I was, whatever I was, I just decided to let it go, I just wanted to start being who I really am, and I think it makes sense to be more honest with my audience” , did he declare. “People are going to like me, people are going to hate me, it happens and I accept it. But it’s okay as long as I’m me.

Joseph E. Golightly