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Fashion Designer Christina Fan’s Favorite Things

STORY TELLER: The woman behind C/FAN likes things that have a story of their own

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Christina Fan with her dogs
Fan (wearing her own designs) in the Wicker Park home she shares with Maltese dogs Couscous and Peyton

When Christina Fan launched her clothing line, C/FAN, in 2009, she won attention for her flattering cuts and unique prints. (Since then, C/FAN has been picked up by ten boutiques in the United States and Australia and will be carried in seven more later this year.) Fan, 28, bases each season’s print designs on a single narrative; her upcoming fall collection is inspired by a painting by her uncle, an artist who grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution. “I like things that have a story of their own,” she says.

A love of history (her major at Northwestern) informs her choices at home, too; a Gothic chair and the 1970s beaded dress hanging on the wall in her living room are typical of her eclectic décor. “Their stories tie them together,” she says. See below for her favorite items.

 

 

 

20 Things Christina Fan Loves

Vintage 1970s dress

VINTAGE 1970s DRESS
“Found this gem at Silver Moon [1721 W. North Ave.] last fall, and I hung it in my living room. It’s a gorgeous silk piece with glass beads.”

 

 

August Revolution cocktail

AUGUST REVOLUTION COCKTAIL ($12, Violet Hour, 1520 N. Damen Ave.)
“Lady Grey tea is infused into the gin. So refreshing and slightly dangerous. Lightweights beware.”

 

 

Leather briefcase

LEATHER BRIEFCASE ($1,685, Prada, 30 E. Oak St.)
“I covet this. A classic piece that any guy can pull off—or, even better, any gal. The perfect solution for my laptop-versus-handbag woes.”

 

 

A Gary Garavaglia cello

CELLO
“At 16, my parents let me choose between a new car and a cello. I picked this one made by Gary Garavaglia for its amazing tone and rich red hue.”

 

 

Blacksmith Inn on the Shore

BLACKSMITH INN ON THE SHORE (8152 Hwy. 57, Baileys Harbor, Wis.; theblacksmithinn.com)
“I like to head to Door County for a little R&R. This bed and breakfast has country cottage charm and amazing harbor views.”

 

Photography: (briefcase) Courtesy of Prada; (all others) Anna Knott

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