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Ones to watch: Nasir Mazhar

Nasir Mazhar

London born and raised Nasir Mazhar debuted in the fashion world as a hairdresser for models. While working in a Brick Lane salon, he became frustrated with the limitations of hair and started designing headpieces, and later progressed to hats. Mazhar launched his first full clothing line for men (and women) earlier this year at London Fashion Week.

Nasir Mazhar continues to challenge the conventions of headwear, creating unique pieces from a diverse array of materials including knit, wire, iron, feathers, leather and wood. He describes his designs as virtually indefinable. “I can go from a form of childishness to aggressive to classic,” said Mazhar. Drawing upon influences as electric as Hip Hop, fetish, the animal kingdom, cartoon, the Far East, mythology, sport and religion, he infuses ideas with a twist of street-culture and hyperbole to create a fantastical collection of headwear.

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Nasir Mazhar Nasir Mazhar

A true example of Mazhar’s characteristics and style is seen in his trademark re-invention of the baseball cap, with its unique signature box peak. Styles vary from showpieces worn by pop super stars, including Lady Gaga, to box peak caps and visors worn by the cutting urban youth of today.

With the successful launch of London Collections: Men, Mazhar has started showing men’s collections separately. For AW13 Mazhar showcased a full clothing line, ccompiled mostly of sporty tracksuits made from nylon, panelled with both mesh and print fabrics. Each model was perfectly decorated with matching headwear. Hats morphed into futuristic masks, embellished with coordinating prints.

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Recently these pieces have been joined by a range of leather bags in collaboration with traditional saddler Kay Simmons. The leather collection is a natural progression and accompaniment to the headwear collections and another step for Nasir Mazhar towards becoming and accessories label.

Collections have gained support from top press across the world. Mazhar has been named one of a new wave of Artisan Makers and become one of the most talked about talents of the moment. Alongside his own collections and special commissions, he continues to collaborate with some of the industry’s top designers including Meadham Kirchoff, Richard Nicoll and Gareth Pugh.

Words: Joshwa Saint James

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