After a short hiatus from the industry, designer Khalid Al Qasimi is back with a deeply personal menswear brand that confronts the issues of today’s world.
By Max Berlinger
Photography Brett Lloyd
In fashion, things are rarely easy. No one knows this better than Khalid Al Qasimi, the designer who took a break from his namesake brand in 2013, to rest and redouble his efforts for his re-launch, with a focus on menswear and aspirations to transform Qasimi into a lifestyle brand.
Qasimi, who was born in the United Arab Emirates and now lives in the United Kingdom has drawn on both places as inspiration for his deeply personal, elegantly romantic designs. His background as an architect has also come into play, wherein Qasimi takes traditional garments and imbues them with touches from his childhood, adding a flow and lyricism to slouchy pants, embroidered knitwear, and keen eye for color. The Central Saint Martins graduate employs a disciplined approach to creating menswear though a unique perspective that sparks dialogue with his signature trademark of blending cultures, social issues and politics in fashion.
“I feel that it is extremely important to discuss and debate my cultural background and the political discourse that surrounds it. The media is generally very biased towards a certain agenda and it is key for me to voice my views through this medium. I hope that we can all begin to work together to get a better understanding of each other’s cultures and beliefs and that we can find a lasting solution to the conflicts going on around the world today” – Khalid Al Qasimi
We speak with the designer about his inspirations, how his upbringing has influenced his aesthetic, and the most difficult part about working in the fashion industry today.