The Vault: Mehr Aziz

An enviable collection

January 29, 2017

The creative head of Mehr Aziz Studio talks about her love for jackets, taking us through her special, personal collection

How/when did you get interested in jackets?

It’s always a struggle to find the right staple jacket for the winter season. Everyone ends up buying a solid black or brown jacket, thinking they can wear it with all their outfits, but I wanted to explore something fun and creative. Hence, I decided to start a line focusing on jackets.

What is your favourite jacket of your own?

A recently designed, trendy bomber jacket is my favourite these days. It is velvet, with a deer embroidered in gold thread onto a suede patch. The leather stripes on the sleeves give it an extra oomph. It’s a very versatile piece, I can wear it to a lunch with jeans, or with matching separates for an evening look.

Where did you get them?

Extremely skilled craftsman handcraft all my jackets.

Is there any piece you are emotionally attached to and why?

A velvet coat that I made for my mother is very special to me. It uses a bottle-green, velvet fabric, with authentic Kashmiri embroidery on the collar and the pockets. It makes her look very smart and I loved making it for her.

Share a story with us about how you acquired one of your favourite pieces:

One of my favourite designs is a laser-cut, embellished shirt. It was very exciting to work with fabric on a CNC machine, and the results were as intricate as I wanted. Layering that jacket with other materials was also tricky, but I think the outcome was amazing — a great mix of traditional and contemporary techniques.

Is there anything on your radar that you want to get/make in the future?

I want to design jackets using my personal collection of feathers. I won’t share too much, as it’s a surprise! I also want to get the ‘Bouclé Tweed Jacket’ by Chanel, as it can be styled with anything and everything. I think its simplicity and femininity represent me as a person.


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