Suiting and booting men in top notch ready-to-wear, Omar Kashoura is the menswear designer with a refined taste for tailoring.
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Throwing intriguing textures and colour blocking into his eclectic fashion equation, Omar Kashoura has quite the penchant for crafting modern menswear for the stylish man of today. If peaches and pale blues don’t sound like a match for your macho tastes, think again because Omar gives new meaning to a pastel palette. Citing Blind Date diva Cilla Black and Jimmy Saville as his childhood fashion icons, his simple designs with a healthy hint of detail are somewhat more ‘minimal’ than the contents of his idols’ wardrobes. A lad from Leeds turned London native, Omar began nurturing his true talent by blitzing through the city’s finest fashion schools. Residing in the region bordering where the cash is churned daily (Canary Warf), Omar lives a pretty dandy life nestled by the riverside. i-D online hopped on board ahead of his London Collections: Men showcase and took a sneaky peek inside the studio where all the magic is snipped, chopped and sewn.
Can you describe yourself in 140 characters? I’d have to say changing, stubborn, involved, nosy, charming (most of the time!), excitable, strong-willed and real. No nonsense from me!
Whatʼs your earliest memory of London? Big Ben’s chimes on ITV’s news and weather, 5pm after school.
Dawn till dusk, could you describe a day in the studio at the moment?
COFFEE-large one-often in bed with a banana. Love the combination of coffee with banana.
Work – begins at 10am and most days finishes at 10pm, Right now 1am.
Music – chill radio – keeps my nerves under control!
Post lunch – up the tempo and play something a little more upbeat, though by 9pm, tempo goes back down again!
Work varied – Machine, patterns, factory visits, fancy coffee with outside companies we are collaborating with voila!!..
What is the Omar man dancing to this Summer? Always to the sounds of Horse Meat Disco.
What does he make i-D when we come over for dinner? He’d make you some mighty fine Arepas, a South American delight. They are great to share and taste good with a variety of fillings.
Whatʼs now? First shoe collaboration with Purified, hats with Bernstock Spiers and the start of a fine collaboration with Cutler and Gross
Whatʼs next? Own label shop!
Text: Rebecca Arts
Photography: Omar Kashoura
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