Arsalan and Yahseer to part ways

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[Karachi: 19 April 2013]: Arsalan Iqbal and Yahseer Javed, the duo behind the eponymous menswear design label Arsalan & Yahseer announce their mutual decision to part ways following the start of their journey together in 2011. The acclaimed designer label will be re-imagined with a fresh new brand identity, while retaining its signature ethos of creating accessible menswear. The label will now be rebranded under the name of Arsalan Iqbal.

 

Speaking about their decision to pursue their independent careers, designer Arsalan Iqbal said “The decision to part ways was a very difficult one. Together, we have overcome significant obstacles to carve out a significant reputation for ourselves and I am proud of the progress we have made in this regard. I’m very happy for Yahseer and wish him the best of luck in pursuing his goals!”

 

“It’s been an amazing journey for me and I am delighted by the support Arsalan and Yahseer has received over the years, both by our loyal customers and our peers in the industry alike. This was not an easy decision for us to make, but we feel it’s the right one which allows us to grow independently in the directions we envision for ourselves. I wish Arsalan all the best on his new brand and wish him the very best for the future.” Said designer Yahseer Javed.

 

Iqbal first began experimenting in design in 2006 and then completely devoted himself to fashion as a career in 2010. He then met Yahseer Javed, a fashion design graduate who was working for leading designer Munib Nawaz, and in January 2011 they teamed up to launch their label. Arsalan Iqbal recently showcased his “Spectacle Blanc” under the Arsalan and Yahseer label at Fashion Pakistan Week 5 recently held in Karachi and now looks forward to building the independent Arsalan Iqbal brand through 2013.

About Arsalan Iqbal:

Iqbal first began experimenting in design in 2006 following his graduation from the Oxford Brookes University in London. With no professional studio or a facility to practice his art, he used his apartment room as a makeshift workshop for his design work. An MBA with further degrees in applied accounting and finance, Arsalan has also worked as an assistant finance director and in a reputable automobile company, before he decided to pursue his passion and take up fashion design full time as a career.  In 2010, he met Yahseer Javed, a fashion design graduate who was working for leading designer Munib Nawaz, and in January 2011 they teamed up to launch their label. Under the Arsalan & Yahseer label. Arsalan Iqbal now goes solo with the launch of hisw eponymous Arsalan Iqbal brand.

To this end, the underlying design philosophy inherent in his brand is to redefine the menswear tradition through an interpretation of that which is wearable yet trendy, relaxed but bold and always in sync with contemporary life and trends.

Indeed, as Creative Director at his previous brand, Arsalan Iqbal constantly endeavoured to make every day Eastern menswear vibrant and eclectic – a commitment he continues to channel through his new label. To this end, the designer launched the now acclaimed collection ‘Rangeen’ which was based in hand painted and block printed traditional Eastern wear for men. With a constant passion for innovation, Arsalan was also the first menswear designer in Pakistan to have made a fashion video, which featured popular actor and model, Mohib Mirza and was directed by Fayyaz Ahmed, for his previous label. As part of his former label, he introduced the “Coloresqué” collection at Fashion Pakistan Week in Karachi and then showcased their “Modern Sindh” collection at the Islamabad Fashion Week. The brand further showcased their “Urban Slick” collection at Fashion Pakistan Week 4 and “Spectular Blanc” at the the recently concluded Fashion Pakistan Week 5.

Arsalan Iqbal currently has two outlets in Karachi on Zamzama and Tariq Road and is stocked at the multi-brand menswear studio, The Ramp in Islamabad and other multi-brand stores in Canada, United Kingdom, States of America and India. The brand also retails exclusive footwear at their outlet which is constructed meticulously from fabric and leather.

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