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Alexander Wang on Success and How He "Keeps It Real"

Alexander Wang on Success and How He "Keeps It Real"

>> In a few short years, Alexander Wang has built what was reported at the end of 2009 to be a $25 million business — and he recently renovated and moved into a $2 million Tribeca apartment.

But, he tells the Telegraph UK, his designs are still inspired by what he sees on the streets or "on the subway": "I think with more success it's more important that you do stay grounded and that you surround yourself with people who keep it real. And yes, y'know, my apartment is a little nicer now and I have a car and I don't have to take the subway all the time, but I'm still the same person. That's always been our idea with the clothes. There's a certain sense of fantasy but at the same time it feels very, very grounded." He adds: "I mean, my closest friends are still the people I knew before I had… any of this. They're my core, the people I hang with the most. It's not like all of a sudden Kate Moss is my best friend!"

He has no intention of quelling his brand's growth, however. "With every project I always want to find the next challenge and the next challenge is just as exciting as the previous one," Wang says. "So, like, I push myself and as the company grows and things get bigger and bigger and bigger, the excitement and the thrill of it just keeps driving us. So, you know, we just wanna do more!" Finding success, Wang says, means that he's created a brand "that lives on after I've gone." He stipulates: "I do have fear…I'm just always willing to take the risk."

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