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July 28 2014

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Who in New York wouldn’t be up for a bit more square footage? So when Jason Wu upgraded from a 2,000-square-foot workspace to a full-floor, 9,000-square-foot studio a couple blocks down in NYC’s Garment District, there was cause to celebrate. “I live at the studio. I mean not literally, but let’s just say I’m here a lot,” the designer said at his studio-warming last night. All that time on the clock had Wu thinking a home-away-from-home feel for his new space. The airy loft had cozy touches, including a staff dining room, low-lying chairs at the entryway, and Wu’s own personal nook featuring nineteenth-century doors, an outdoor balcony, and one very special work table. “It’s the only piece of furniture that I brought from the old studio,” Wu said of the rough-hewn slab of wood. “I believe in luck. We had Michelle Obama’s inaugural dress laid out on there when we were doing all the details by hand, so I had to bring it with me.”

Wu’s rising star may be part good fortune, but the Swarovski Award nominee had plenty of admirers who would set faith in his skill. A coterie of editors, models (like Karlie Kloss and rising star Tati Cotliar, pictured with Wu), and socials cooed over the designer’s attention to detail—many of whom took advantage of the spring weather and hung out on the balcony. “Oh, I’m definitely a fan. I was one of the first ones here,” actress Melissa George divulged. It being New York, George was in the midst of a real estate story herself. “I just closed on an apartment this morning, but I can’t move in officially until next Thursday,” the Australian native said. “But can you believe it? I’m officially a New York homeowner!”

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