Alexander Wang only planted his first retail flag in Manhattan earlier this year and he’s already setting his sights on another. At his resort presentation on Wednesday, in which he also launched sneaker and swimwear debuts, the designer announced he’s opening a store in Beijing in early 2012. The two-story flagship will be located in the north side of Sanlitun Village, a shopping area in the city’s Chaoyang District. “Certain elements will be extracted from our New York store,” said Wang, “but we want to adapt it to a new environment.” The designer added that he’s working with a new architect and decorator — and not his friend and longtime interior designer Ryan Korban. As for why Beijing and not Shanghai, where his family is from, Wang’s answer was simple. “Why not?” he said. “Shanghai is like Los Angeles and Beijing is like New York. I’ve always been interested in doing something there.” Wang already has an office in Shanghai as well as one in Hong Kong, both of which he opened last year.

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