Transcending Urban Planning and Fashion Norms: Cityzen by Azin Valy
Cityzen by Azin, since its inception, has known to be a brand with a difference. Creating a beautiful mish-mash between urban architecture, topography, and fabric — this high fashion brand has created a niche of its own, far away from their contemporaries on the fashion runways and high-fashion streets of Paris, Milan and New York.
If you wish to own a slice of a city you just visited, what better souvenir than one that represents a birds eye view of the city, its landscape and topographical elements, that seamlessly blend into one-of-a-kind design and style.
Azin Valy, is the co-founder of this multi-disciplinary Architecture firm, I-Beam Design, based here in New York City. Launched in January 2013, Cityzen by Azin, is a global high-fashion luxury brand with a mission to raise global consciousness. This is their idea of “Cityzenship” - “Cityzen promotes a dialogue of peace and understanding between civilizations across the globe. We embrace our common humanity by transcending physical and mental borders, highlighting various efforts worldwide.”
In keeping with their design inspiration of stunning birds eye-view of cities(Satellite Imagery), which by the way came about while they were doing research for an urban planning exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, they support various charitable causes in each of the cities their designs represent. From Baltimore to Bangkok, Tehran to Tokyo, New York and beyond, they contribute a part of their profits from the collection to various causes.
Speaking of their collection, form follows topography, that defines design. A flowing river turns into strap or a slit, a mountain representing a neck line with volume, and a street/road gliding across a garment; creating an intersection between the human body and urban landscape. It is these design aesthetics that feed the creative process at Cityzen, creating a fashion brand with a unique voice.
The elegant collection in a myriad of colors, representing fourteen different cities, printed on silk, satin, and leather, is accompanied by a description like you have never seen before. As I admire the colors, lines, and design of Bangkok, I am taken on a journey through the scent of spicy Thai food, the touch of Thai silk and teak wood, even a relaxing massage at the Ruen-Nuad Studio, and before I know it, I am in love with Bangkok. Here is a peak.
As you click through their collection, the effort, the thought, and the creative process is evident. Now if only I could afford to own one some day. Well, the good news is that, plans are in the pipeline to bring an affordable womens line, as well as high-end line for men and children as well.
Apart from their clothing line, Cityzen also offers a range of scarves, bags, and kaftans; each of which is beautifully tailored to make the modern-urban woman look and feel good too. The collection has sure attracted the jet-setters, and high-profile of the literary, political, and fashion world alike. Lets drop a few names, Iranian-American writer Hooman Majd spotted with the Tehran bag, Arianna Huffington wearing the Rome scarf, and the designer presented a cheery yellow and fiery red Chicago dress to the chic, elegant, and power-dresser of America, the First Lady Michelle Obama.
(Left) The Designer with a model, (right) Writer Hooman Majd and Singer Emile Holba
All in all, a globe-trotting collection, with a truly global vision, out there to make a difference to the world through their one-of-a-kind weaves.