THE TAO OF MAOMAO
by William Phips
I recently sat down with internet style icon maomao1980 at his private jet hanger to discuss menswear. No, not really. But I still like to imagine that he responded to my questions from a Gulfstream.
Mao was born in Beijing, raised in the US and now finds himself based again in Beijing. Yet somehow he managed to avoid the mediocrity of dress associated with both places.
His style was therefore, of necessity, self-taught:
No one really taught me how to dress, there are no great stories of a stylish father and hand-me-down vintage ties and cufflinks. My parents’ China was a very simple China. Average citizens went about their government-assigned roles and lived quietly and happily, unconcerned with the materialism and social evolution that occupied the contemporary western world. My generation, the post 80’s or so-called “lost” generation was born to face a much different world but our parents and teachers never taught us the skills or equipped us the tools to deal with a brand new China. When my father is required to wear a tie, guess who helps him with the knot?