Crescent New Winter Lawn Prints by Faraz Manan 2015, Winter Designer Clothes
Faraz’s father was a banker and being in the corporate world he remembers him being very particular about his clothes always. His mother on the other hand was in to designing clothes for as long as he could remember. ‘She was from the UK, so we would go to London every summer to be with our grandparents. She started making clothes as a hobby for her shopping money more than anything. It was mostly for friends and family abroad’. His mother did do the clothing business more formally also later where she and his khala manufactured bridal couture for Bruce Oldfield and other London and Paris based boutiques. This was more of a manufacturing set up than a design house.
One of the perceptions people tend to hold about Faraz is that ‘he had it easy’. ‘My struggle was very private, which is why people don’t know of the times I would take Rickshaws to Shahalam to buy my own sitaras, dabkas, dhagas etc’ no one can take me for a ride because I’ve done all the work myself when I started’. Faraz, an Aitchison alumni started working with his mother initially. While his mother was mostly focused on couture, he and his sister Sundas invested their time in making a ‘brand’. ‘This was the time when Karma, HSY, Maria B and the likes were coming into their own, it was inspiring’.