Tell us more about yourself and your longstanding relation with fashion.
I’ve always loved fashion since reading fashion magazines from the time I was a teenager, to the past 17 years working with Tank Magazine and getting to attend all the fashion shows and meeting all the designers and getting to support young and established talent. Fashion is a place to reflect your personality, and show off aspects of your mood using clothes, shoes, accessories and it’s an amazing tool to add layers to what you actually want to say.?
You come from a rich multi-cultural background, how much of a role did it play in shaping your personal aesthetic?
I count myself lucky to be born into a multicultural background, I think all the rich Chinese and Lebanese-Iranian?heritage I have, has allowed me to be very open and curious about every culture and to always want to learn more.?
How much does your business background influence your unique take of fashion??
Having studied economics in university and then coming to the fashion industry from an atypical background, was immensely helpful in terms of gaining a sound understanding of the business of fashion. You need to have great commercial partnerships and collaborations for the industry to thrive and at the same time its has given me a great appreciation for pure creativity and the freedom of expression and the understanding of how business can help expression and creativity to thrive as well.?
What, according to you, makes a fashion timeless??
Jean Cocteau once said that 'style is a simple way of saying complicated things'. I love that sentiment in which timeless style becomes a true classic, much like the Vara in which it can pack a punch for a very long time. A classic design that cuts across generations, style, matters of taste and live in your wardrobe as something you want to pull out time and again.?