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Long-distance calling: Meet the designer balancing two jobs in two countries.

Khalid Al Qasimi leads a dual career: In his hometown of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, he is chairman of the local government’s urban planning council. But when in London, he is creative director of Qasimi—a rising menswear label whose collections make baby-pink overcoats and Bedouin striped linen trousers look not only tasteful, but ready-to-wear.

You have two very different jobs. Does one ever inform the other? I studied architecture because I felt it was the pinnacle of a design education. Once you learn about structure, proportion and construction, you can view the body as a landscape.

  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photograph:
    Alexander Wolfe

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  • Words:
    John Clifford Burns
  • Photograph:
    Alexander Wolfe
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