Get The Lowdown On Designer Claudia Li

And the inspiration for her fall '16 line

Photograph via Claudia Li.

The following feature appears in the August 2016 issue of NYLON.

28-year-old Parsons MFA grad and J.W. Anderson alum Claudia Li’s namesake label—full of eye-catching shapes and striking textile embellishments—has quickly established her as one of the most exciting new talents on the scene. We’ve particularly taken to her fall ’16 collection, which features some of the most stunning denim creations, all artfully draped and folded to perfection. Here, the rising star shares her personal and creative inclinations.

Photograph via Claudia Li.


Auckland, New Zealand

Astrological sign

Design philosophy
To express, to reflect, to capture

An imaginary person that embodies each season

Sartorial scenario
Now, in this moment 

Musical genre metaphor

Fun fact
We love to see the collection on boys, too.

Inspiration for fall ’16

Personal wardrobe staple
 A clean T-shirt 

Dream travel destination
At the moment, road trips and tacky motels

Favorite spot in New York
The studio and my terrace 

Last novel you loved
Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Daily soundtrack
Currently, [Drake’s] Views

Drink order
Whiskey on the rocks  

Standby snack