Inside Jason Wu’s Midcentury-Modern-Inspired Home

Inside Jason Wu’s Midcentury-Modern-Inspired Home

His apartment is so flawless it inspired his fragrance.

Alec Kugler
If you expected Jason Wu—the man behind some of the most beautiful clothing being made today—to have a home that is anything less than stunning, allow us to correct that misconception. The TriBeCa space is just as pristine and elegant as his collection, even with two sweet, very fuzzy cats running around—Wu matched his grey cats to his grey furniture to keep things looking neat.

Both his home and line are heavily inspired by the ’50s, and not coincidentally, the same era influenced his fragrance. In fact, Wu, whose background is in product design, enlisted his interior designer, Andre Mellone, to conceptualize the bottle—a project unlike anything else Mellone has worked on. Sleek and modern, it fits perfectly into Wu’s personal collection of brass objects. The main thing we were struck by after visiting with Wu is how totally seamless his personal universe is, and it’s one we undoubtedly want to live in too.

If smelling like Jason Wu’s vision will help us live his vision, count us in.

Click through to hear about his design sense, how he developed the fragrance, and the childhood memory that influenced the scent.

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“There was one smell that kept coming back to me over and over, so I went back to it and I was like, ‘What is it?’ Because they don’t tell you what it is—they take their notes, it’s like a blind survey—and it was jasmine. I didn’t know why it smelled so familiar, because it’s not a flower you usually have in a floral arrangement. But then I remembered when I was growing up in Taiwan, my neighbors had a wall of jasmine, and I used to pick them and use them as room scents in my room so that it would smell good. It took me back there, so I knew that had to be the central focus of the fragrance. It has to be not only the embodiment of my brand, but the embodiment of me.”
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