Happy Monday BOS Insiders
Q: After launching your Naeem Khan Collection in 2003, how did your collection catch the attention of such iconic department stores like Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Harrod’s?
A: It’s a lot of hard work and dedication. I started working as an assistant carrying bolts of fabrics, and doing whatever it took to become a designer. I did it for passion, I didn’t do it for the money. I learned the craft over the years. I had been working for 20 years already before I was picked up by such iconic stores. So you have to pay your dues first.
Q: Do you have any advice for young designers who aspire to work with iconic department stores and showcase their designs worldwide?
A: You have to work super, super hard and you have to train your mind to constantly design. You are on the train or you are at a party, maybe with your boyfriend or girlfriend, your mind must always be shaping and reshaping until it becomes a constantly designing engine. I launched my collection in 2003 but I didn’t do a runway; I only did my first runway in 2005. You have to be flexible. Between 2003 and 2005. I only made dresses and experimented with them in stores to see how to sell them and learning my market. Young designers must understand that having clothes on the runway costs a lot of money. Otherwise what happens with many designers is they borrow money to put on a runway show, they create debt and go out of business or end up selling cheap. So I made my money before I even went on the runway.
Want more? Read the full interview from Anda Bailey, one of my fashion writers HERE and see the NEW Fall 2013 collection. The Fall 2013 collection can be purchased in stores now, but sometimes it’s fun to look back at previous collections. I hope you enjoy the photos below from the Spring 2012 Collection