(MENAFN- Khaleej Times)
Published: Thu 11 Aug 2022, 6:09 PM
Fashion designer Michael Lombard has opened up his first flagship luxury store in the Middle East at Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue amidst powerhouses like Gucci, Balenciaga, YSL, and Louis Vuitton. He is now only the second black designer to have an outlet in the prestigious location, after the late Virgil Abloh.
The venue is a masterpiece of fashion and features everything Michael Lombard, from his latest incredible runway pieces to his famed leather jackets, coats, skirts, handbags, and his unrivalled signature fragrances. His exclusive designer brand is renowned for its high-end men’s and women’s genuine calf skin and sheep skin leather jackets, earning him the title“King of Leather” by Huffington Post.
With a reputation of being bold and classy, Michael Lombard started his illustrious career as a record label executive before discovering his passion for fashion. He has dressed some of the world’s most famous faces, including Bebe Rexha, Paula Abdul, Prince Royce, and Tiffany Young. His exclusive designs and unique pieces have graced runways all over the world, making huge waves at the likes of New York and Paris Fashion Weeks.
However, his pieces are not for the faint-hearted or those looking for a subtle and subdued look. Playing with loud colours, embellishments and patterns, Lombard’s striking creations are ones that will make heads turn and thrust the wearer into a different league altogether.
Lombard has earlier exhibited his creations in the city. It was during one of those visits that he met Dunstan Rozairo, chairman of DMCJ events, with whom he built a quick bond and the two decided to open a physical outlet in Dubai.
The opening of the store was graced by the who’s who of the fashion scene in the UAE. From fancy hors d’oeuvres to fashionable influencers, the event was as classy as the man himself. We caught up with Lombard while he was in the city for the event to chat with him about his fashion mantra, his affinity to Dubai and his trademark outspokenness among other things.
You have travelled the world. You have visited Dubai for fashion shows. But what prompted you to set shop here?
Dubai is such an energetic and inspiring city. I have visited here many times before. As I explored the city more, I fell in love with the fashion scene in Dubai. When the opportunity arose to potentially open a store in Fashion Avenue, it became something I had to seriously consider. My partner, Dunstan Rozairo, and I discussed what the opening would mean for us, and the rest is history now. To have been able to open a store in Fashion Avenue is such a …….