Alexander Wang On His New Collaboration With Beats

We spoke exclusively to the designer

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Still can't find that perfect Christmas present? We may just have solved all your problems.

Alexander Wang has once again lent his talents to the music masterminds at Beats by Dr Dre to design a limited edition set of headphones.

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In try Wang aesthetic, the dove grey foldable headphones include a matching leather case and croc-embossed leather ear cups - you can buy them here.

We caught up with the New York designer to ask him about his latest project...

Tell us how your second collaboration with Beats came about?

It felt like the right time to do something together with Beats again. They have a strong connection with music, and so do we. Just like us, Beats likes to push boundaries and take risks, so they are an amazing partner and are always on the edge of innovation.

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And tell us about the process of designing the items – do you approach it in the same way as designing accessories for your label?

My general approach to design is always the same, no matter what the object or the garment, guided by challenging existing codes and moving things forward in an irreverent, disruptive way.

We wanted this collaboration to be focused on Beats' wireless Studio headphone, to reflect an undone luxurious design, which is focused on textures and architectural lines. We are known a lot for black and the last headphone we did we black with bronze, so we wanted to do something quite opposite this time. The headphone we developed is a soft pavilion grey with embossed croc ear cups, an accent of chrome, and comes complete with a matching leather case. Ultimately, no matter what I design, I want to create something that is functional, desirable, and beautiful and something that has integrity.

What music are you listening to at the moment?

You can tune into what I'm listening to at this very moment by checking out my playlists on Apple Music.

What's on your Christmas and New Year's party playlist?

The HYPE Apple Music playlist.

And what are you hoping the new year will bring?

Meaningful innovation. And hopefully some great new parties!

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