ARTIST INTERVIEW: Christine Chang of boy+girl
Boy+girl aims to both limit environmental impact and pay tribute to a bygone tradition of local artisans. Made locally, the line is designed in Venice Beach, produced in downtown Los Angeles, and crafted from natural fabrics of the highest quality sourced from Japanese, European and American mills.
Following years at several large companies, designer Christine Chang was inspired to design children’s apparel with a distinct point of view. Boy is rooted in California’s surf and skate culture, while girl stems from a simple, European sensibility. We spoke to Chrstine about her influences and creative process.
What is your background and how have your past experiences fed into your art (or craft)?
I was always interested in fashion and design and after college became a buyer at Ralph Lauren, then ABC Home and Nike. I learned a great deal of course but was also very inspired to do my own thing. I really wanted to build something with a soul, grounded in consciousness and sustainability, something that held authenticity to what I am passionate about.
Do you feel that your environment feeds into work and if so, what makes your work distinctively Californian?
Fefinitely, I think one’s environment is always present in design work. A lot of it is subconscious, but your habitat feeds the work and vice versa. For me, I grew up in northern California, then New York after school, and now live in Venice. The focus of boy+girl is on sustainability and that California style you can really feel. I gravitate towards a lot of natural fabrics like washed cottons, linens; materials that feel clean but also textured. The line is California to me – it’s modern minimalist, it’s pure, playful, bohemian, skate inspired and of course comfortable.
What are your top 3 studio essentials?
Natural light, a good pen and my Muji notebook.