The Men Dans La Mode
In an industry that produces items adorned with crystals, embellishments, and architectural inspirations – no one would think that men – and a scarce amount of women – are behind it. This isn’t a statement that questions women, but rather raises the question ‘do men know what women want?’
In the Middle East, such positions are usually female-dominated, yet it never stopped these men to sketch, design, and produce. Meet the Middle Eastern designers that have made a mark in the fashion scene right here in the Arabian gulf.
BY KHALID QASIMI
Menswear brand Qasimi is owned by emirate born designer Khalid Al Qasimi. The brand often draws inspiration from socio-political issues, architecture, as well as contemporary art. Khalid’s educational backgrounds that may have inspired him involve Hispanic studies, French literature, Architectural association, and Fashion.
BY SULTAN AL DARMAKI
Darmaki, a British luxury footwear brand based in London, is a modernist fusion of history and innovative design. Designed by Emirati based designer Sultan Al Darmaki, his designs feature sleek, feminine lines, and delicate silhouettes that meet bold, distinctive soles that straddle tradition and create an entirely new form.
BY AHMED ABDELRAHMAN
Thamanyah, Arabic for eight, is a Paris based label founded in 2011 by Emirate born designer Ahmed Abdelrahman, protégé of Michele Lamy; wife and muse of Rick Owens. The brands style aesthetic is modern, anti-conformist, and infuses lines and volumes, of the male wardrobe.
BY FAHAD & SHOUQ AL MARZOOK
As a Kuwaiti sibling duo (Fahad & Shouq Al Marzook), the brand signifies the unity of their creative minds. The circle form represents the cycle of life, a profound transcendent symbol. A handmade luxury art form in which each design is individually unique – grasping inspiration from art, and architecture. Marzook’s line of accessories consists of exotic leather and skins, precious metals, and resins.
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