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At Residence With Interior Designer Aleem Kassam

A vintage jewelry cupboard, designer Gucci bag and custom engagement ring emphasize the designer’s stroll-in closet.

It may well appear to be like a contradiction coming from a person with a wardrobe whole of large-conclusion labels (Gucci, Ferragamo and Versace can be noticed in seconds of getting into the wander-in), but Aleem Kassam, co-founder and principal of style business Kalu Interiors, believes that fashion doesn’t have to crack the financial institution. “I imagine that no subject what your spending plan is, design and style is indicative of how artistic you can be,” he says.

Kassam’s creativeness and flair permeate the stunning Gastown loft he renovated together with his fiancé, Victor Kazakov, in 2020 and 2021, primarily in his massive walk-in closet and dressing area, a location that seamlessly combines his passion for fashion and inside style and design. “So a great deal of my existence revolves close to doing work and collaborating with equally local designers and global designers, but also mixing style and jewellery from a assortment of household brands. Accessories are a big portion of the way I curate myself, just like I curate spaces,” he says.

Picture by Tanya Goehring

Kassam recognizes that not anyone has the implies to have a closet as extravagant as his, primarily in a town like Vancouver (at 200 sq. ft, it’s much larger than most bedrooms and gives Carrie Bradshaw’s well known wander-in from Intercourse and the Metropolis a operate for its funds). On the other hand, he echoes what Queer Eye has been preaching for decades: aesthetics impact all of our life, and eventually how we experience about ourselves.

“Fashion and shelter are two issues that everybody interacts with everyday, no subject your profits amount or in which you live. Interiors have influence on our properly-becoming and psychological health and fitness. And outfits, really likewise: it is that ingredient of experience relaxed in your own skin. I generally inform people today to look at vogue and areas as aspirational. Design and style your property for wherever you want to go in life dress for the career that you want. The two are approaches to elevate not just your fashion, but inherently your goals and desires.”

Photograph by Tanya Goehring

Aleem Kassam’s Favorite Matters

Modular custom match and robe

“One of my favorite factors is doing the job with, collaborating with and supporting local designers-we have so a great deal expertise in our have backyard, so why not commence with your own neighborhood?” says designer Aleem Kassam (still left), pictured with fiancé Victor Kazakov and golden Bengal cat Theos. “Because it’s tough to pick just a single, I’ll pick the one that is a 10-in-a person, which is my convertible and modular custom accommodate and gown by Jason Matlo: a four-piece selection with countless choices. It is merely epic.

Photograph by Tanya Goehring

Stella McCartney Elyse platform shoes

“I have these Stella McCartney Elyse platforms in various colors and styles mainly because they all have a considerably significant sole, supplying me a important lift in height–the fantastic way for me to get a minor closer to Victor, who towers over me at six-foot-two.”

An antique jewelry cupboard

“This Qing dynasty jewellery cabinet was acquired from an antique store on South Granville which is no for a longer time there. It is actually a silverware cupboard from the 19th century that I transformed to use for jewelry, sunglasses and add-ons. I really like this merchandise due to the fact it provides in the aged with the new and flawlessly organizes each and every and each individual item in its area.”

Photo by Tanya Goehring

Crimson Gucci 100th anniversary Centum bag

“I enjoy my Gucci 100th-anniversary Centum bag in red felt (with matching slide-ons), which only grew to become offered in the Vancouver boutique the similar day Victor proposed and we have been engaged. On this day, Victor experienced the retail outlet privately opened for us immediately after hrs, and this bag instantly caught my eye, so I purchased it to mark the occasion–perfectly fitting for the day.”

Photo by Tanya Goehring

His engagement ring

“This is a no-brainer. Victor developed my engagement ring with my uncle, who’s a very well-regarded jewelry designer in New York. This Modern day-Deco-model piece has a central 2.5-carat rectangular emerald-slash diamond in a raised centre semi-bezel placing, and not only signifies this special moment in our life, but also flawlessly complements me and my fashion: daring, exceptional and uncommon.”

Favorite hangout

“You’ll locate me at the Foyer Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada PI., fairmont.com). It’s my favorite location in the metropolis. It is near to household, shut to the drinking water, the personnel are wonderful and I enjoy the style and design.”

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Favourite Shopping

“I absolutely enjoy Obakki (1638 W 3rd Ave., obakki.com). I enjoy the thoroughly clean, minimalist and contemporary interpretations of cultural patterns produced in a range of areas, such as South The united states and Africa. And I like that they assistance these local communities by conscious output and by ensuring that sustainable, hand-crafted and distinctive items can be savored all over the planet. I also adore Annie Axtell (1616 Pandora St., annieaxtell.com), who does wonderful upholstery and cushion accents that are extra playful and exciting. For vintage finds, I started subsequent a pair of new, regional Instagram accounts. A person is Kollection by Irie (instagram.com/kollectionbyirie) and they have some definitely neat mid-century pieces.”

This story was initially revealed in the July/August 2023 print difficulty of Vancouver Magazineobtain the digital difficulty right here and subscribe now for absolutely free!