"While some designers in the fashion industry look straight ahead for the next big thing or toy with futuristic themes, Teheran-born designer Eskandar Nabavi harks exclusively to the past - one that brings to mind Moroccan robes, peasant skirts and layers of long scarves. He first attracted attention in the 1990s with his knitwear, which eventually grew into a full-fledged label that includes women's and men's wear, as well as a small children's line wittily dubbed "Eskinder". His signature fashion line is made for everyone of all shapes and sizes. Using fabrics such as silk and antique linen, Eskandar creates fashionable pieces that are relaxed, play with volume and brings a touch of old-world culture to the wearer ('English Patient' chic comes to my mind).
Of his background and collection Nabavi says 'I grew up in the Middle East when it was a fantastic place to live. I'm not trained at all in fashion. I'm completely self-taught. My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was about 11 and I was always making things - learned how to sew, crochet - and wanted to sell them. So my business side and artistic side were always intertwined. I studied geography at university in England and whenever I became bored, I would knit and make sweaters. Friends started to buy them and it grew from there. I started off as just a knitwear company about 12 years ago and then the president of Bergdorf Goodman discovered me in London and my clothes eventually went into Neiman Marcus and the rest is history....The line has a huge following. There's not a specific shape or size of our customer. She's artsy, slightly forward and doesn't want to follow trends or follow fashion - wants to be an individual. The clothes have evolved from traditional influences from all over the world. I do a great Japanese pant. I do Moroccan robes, dresses, and peasant layer skirts. It's taking shapes that have been around for centuries and turning them into something modern and wearable. Traditional clothes have never really been tight or fitted - on the whole traditional clothes are loose and free flowing.'" - Excerpts from an interview by David Ninh, of the Dallas Morning News.