"I graduated college in 2005 and with my first job (and first real, salaried paycheck!), I decided to take myself shopping and buy something special. At some store in Nolita (the name and location are lost somewhere in the recesses of my mind), I stumbled across this black cashmere instarsia hoodie. The label said "Alexander Wang".* The price tag said something in the $400 range. My heart said I was in love. I panicked, sent a couple pictures to my sister, and we quickly agreed: it was worth it. Eight years later, Alexander Wang is the creative director at Balenciaga, his namesake brand has redefined downtown street style, and this sweater is still one of my favorite purchases.
*Fun Fact: The sweater, as it turns out, was from Alexander Wang's very first collection, a series of four sweaters he dropped out of Parsons to design. Check out a pic of Wang himself, wearing the Angela Lindvall version in an NYT party write-up from 2004 " - Verena von Pfetten, Executive Digital Editor
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