One look at Christina J. Wang’s cheeky, colorful scarves and you’ll immediately come down with a case of wanderlust—or, at the very least, be inspired to indulge in a warm bowl of ramen from Momofuku Noodle Bar. Food and adventure are, after all, the inspiration for Wang’s designs hand-drawn and painted prints, which she describes as “deeply personal,” and brimming with “things I love, things I’ve encountered in travels, and things I do.” If her Spring 2016 collection is any indication, Wang, a painter who splits her time between Manhattan and her art studio in Brooklyn, has a pretty eclectic array of interests.
Her debut lineup focuses on three cities: New York, her “self-chosen home”; Tokyo, where she loves to travel; and Hong Kong, where she grew up. “What’s important to me is that I want the things I draw to have a little bit of authority behind them,” she said. “It’s not just looking up Yelp reviews to make a scarf.” The designs are quirky and unique—think trash bags, rats, pigeons, even Maurizio Cattelan’s intentionally-destroyed-at-the-Whitney “It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done” sculpture, one of her favorite works, for the NYC-themed scarf. “The premise of it is to have a local’s take on New York City, so that’s why I’ve deliberately eliminated a lot of iconic references like the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building,” she said. “It’s more about the things you notice once you get to know the city a little better.” The same goes for her Hong Kong- and Tokyo-themed scarves, the latter of which features Shiba Inu dogs and Japanese toilets which, Wang said, come equipped with bum-heaters, water-spout functions, and even music players to drown out potentially embarrassing sounds.