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Ana Wang

Writer & Designer

Ana Wang is a writer, thinker and maker co-creating the next generation of ideas in fashion, sustainability and design. Her clients, ranging from emerging designers to startups, have been featured in The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Refinery29, while her candid insights on making meaning and moving forward in fashion have been featured on Huffington Post, trend forecasting network WGSN and

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I'm a Millennial Who Broke Up With Fast Fashion

I'm the girl who believes that the planet and its people are more important than a few extra things in my closet but I was not born from a rock hugging trees and growing my own food. I wasn't born an activist -- in fact, I'm non-confrontational, a bit timid and I don't always remember to recycle. And yet, I broke up with fast fashion.
09/14/2015 05:16 EDT
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Can Good Style Change the World?

With each generation, the adoption of a new style standard represented more than a change in aesthetic tastes as trends represent today in the seesaw of what's-new-what's-next-what's-cool; style has always been tied to some sort of revolution. Today, with nothing that can't be created, nothing that can't be found, nothing that can't be knocked off, we really can have it all.
01/27/2015 12:38 EST

The Essentials: 6 Must-haves for a Non-toxic, Easy, Breezy Summer

The sun is shining, spirits are high, and the nights are young. Summer is all about easy, breezy classics, keeping the layers light, and sticking to the essentials. Here are my top clean and green fashion picks for the midsummer lull -- you can look fantastic while remaining comfortably guilt-free.
07/12/2013 12:12 EDT

Ease and Simplicity: The Saviors of Independent Retail

The world is changing and so is the way we shop: boutiques have closed up and wholesale business for the most part has dropped significantly over the past few years. A new breed of entrepreneurs are cropping up, and they want to do it differently. They're going direct to the customer, cutting out the middleman, and building lean and mean vertical enterprises.
06/06/2013 12:11 EDT

Why Is it So Hard to Design Beautiful, Ethical Fashion?

I love fashion. But I have a confession: I haven't bought anything new for a very long time. It's not that I don't want to, it's just that I can't find what I want. Well, that's not exactly accurate. I can find plenty of things I like, but almost nothing that I love. Because love for me is about more than how something looks.
05/31/2013 05:38 EDT

My 12 Sustainable Fashion Commandments

As a designer and entrepreneur, it is in my job description to make clothes that sell. I have a business that needs to make money to survive. But as a person, I think about things bigger than just making money. I wrote these 12 rules at the start of 2012 as a list of style resolutions.
11/06/2012 05:27 EST

Why You Need to Stop Bragging About How Cheap Your Clothes Are

Face it: we as a collective are addicted to discounts. Fashion's Night Out is an attempt by the industry to show another side, the side that has almost been lost and overshadowed by an industry now built on sales. Why is it that we are often more proud of how good we are at deal-hunting than we are about the actual qualities of the clothes we buy? And trust me, someone is paying for that $10 top, even if it isn't you.
09/12/2012 12:20 EDT
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How Ethical Fashion Can Actually Be Good for You

Most people don't care enough about doing good to change their fast fashion habits. Sure, the environment is important. And yes, so is the economy. And yes, so is being ethical. But these things are not enough to persuade people away from our number one obsession: ourselves.
01/30/2012 11:43 EST

How to Shop Consciously This Holiday Season

I strongly believe that if we were exposed to the whole life cycle of design, starting with inspiration, we would value what we own that much more. And then we would maybe spend more on what we value, and maybe we would keep our things for longer.
11/09/2011 03:11 EST

Is a 127-Year-Old Wedding Dress a Wearable Heirloom or a Disaster?

I am all for tradition, sustainability, and timelessness, but there is something almost impractical about wearing an heirloom wedding gown. But what if a new bride turns out to be bigger, or smaller, or shorter, or taller, or simply has different tastes? Is she turning her back on a family tradition?
08/08/2011 11:07 EDT