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The PolarBangBangLA Philosophy

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As two sisters sharing strong artistic values bridging a gap from our Chinese roots to our lives in Los Angeles, we see beauty in every corner of San Gabriel and the outlying areas. PolarBangBangLA is a collective founded on the principle that art and design involve everyone. It is not an ivory tower, it is not exclusive to the elite. We believe that by involving the local community in our artistic initiatives and projects, we can influence a better Los Angeles through events and participation.

While you are here, we encourage you to explore our projects, calendar of events, and blog where we talk about travel and fashion. Talk to us about event planning for your Los Angeles party and get to know us better. Interested in learning more about us individually? Check out our biography pages.

Driven By Love of Community


Arriving in the United States when she was 11, Michelle developed a lasting love for San Gabriel and its unique culture as she grew up. She was drawn to hair styling and fashion because of the intimacy and interactivity with the amazing people around her. She has nurtured this affection for San Gabriel and Los Angeles, allowing it to blossom into a greater drive to improve her community.

Michelle works through PolarBangBangLA to support nonprofit initiatives, the arts, and her community. She dreamed of a place where everyone could explore their creative sides and find inspiration to take strength from in their daily lives. Through her experience as a fashion stylist, in art design, on travel outfits, and through event planning she wants to make sure life stays fun and astonishing for everybody.

Passion Rooted in Diversity


Born in Shanghai, China, Lexie came to the States at the age of 13. Like most Chinese Americans in her generation, she found it difficult to adjust to American life. In her preteen years she lived exclusively with Chinese traditions and lifestyle; adapting to a completely new world wasn’t easy. For quite some time she harbored a wish that she’d been born in America without the need for reconciling her dual cultures.

Over the years, Lexie has come to embrace her original traditions. Passionate about her roots, she wants people in the United States and all across the world to know more about the rich tapestry that is Chinese history and art. Through the medium of visual art she describes a China that extends beyond Panda Express, President Mao, and their booming economy. Check out our art murals or studio pages to see her design work.