We had the good fortune of connecting with Vivian Au Fang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vivian, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
As an American born Chinese (abc), first generation born to immigrate parents, I was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. Living in the middle of the United States, growing up had many challenges and often I questioned about my identity. Up until high school, I was the only Asian girl in my school. Learning the American culture at school and strictly following my Chinese heritage at home, it was often confusing. I didn’t understand it as a child but as I grew up and left Kansas to move to Los Angeles, I then understood that my parents raised me to be a strong person. I am a proud ABC, and my Chinese heritage is a big part of how I design jewelry pieces and conduct my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
The best decision I’ve made in moving my business forward was leaving the “working from home” environment. Although I loved my home office, moving to an outside location allowed me to expand in oppurtunities. In 2018, I moved into my design studio located in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. It was luck and truly meant to be when I found this historical office building and I couldn’t ask for a more perfect location. Having a work enviroment away from home allows for customers for in person consultations, private shopping and most importantly to creatively grow. What sets Vi Ling from other jewelers is my focus is creating pieces for your Forever Love Story. Whether one is self gifting or wanting to create a custom piece for their loved ones, Vi Ling is here to create your Forever Love Story. Jewelry made to wear forever and passed down from generations to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Monday: A relaxing 1st day by picking up lunch at Paris Baguette located in Alhambra. Traditional banh mi sandwiches and freshly brewed Vietnamese coffee, taking these goodies for a picnic under the iconic Hollywood sign at Lake Hollywood park. Along with being in the area, a stroll along the famous Avenue of the Stars.
Tuesday: Morning hike with the beach breeze and relaxing view at Los Leonas Canyon. Afternoon rewarding treat with protein and beer at Wurstküche Restaurant on Venice Beach.
Wednesday: Food and drinks at The Perch to enjoy the view of downtown LA, with the rest of the day shopping at The Grove and a cruise through Beverly Hills.
Friday: More beach time at Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach. Resting up for a night of bar hopping in downtown LA and dancing the night away.
Saturday: Dim sum time! A weekend traditional Chinese brunch. With all the options, Longo Seafood Restaurant in Monteray Park is my favorite. Continuing the day with more food adventures in Little Tokyo and photo ops in the Art District.
Sunday: Can’t leave LA without having taco’s at Carnitas Michoacan in Lincoln Heights. A Broad Museum visit in the afternoon and a send off dinner with all you can eat Korean bbq at Brothers BBQ in Korea Town. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Since in 2012, I have been actively showcasing my work at craft and art pop-up events. The Jackalope Arts & Faire was an event that the team genuinely got to know me as a creator. The two founders Melissa and Sara have been supportive and encouraging in consistently reaching out to local artists and sharing our work to the community from season to season. Following the journey of the Jackalope team gives hope in the arts faire community, especially from the uncertainties of 2020. I am thrilled to have been a part of the Jackalope community since their first Spring 2015 event as it continues to grow.
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