27 June 2018
|Born||4 April 1940
|Died||16 April 2011 (aged 71)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||stroke|
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California|
|Known for||Designing men’s clothing, men’s and women’s fragrances|
|Spouse(s)||Sigi Pakzad (divorced)
Tracy Hayakawa (divorced)
|Awards||FiFi Most Successful Men’s Fragrance 1988
FiFi Best Women’s Fragrance Package 1988
FiFi Men’s Fragrance Star of the Year Specialty/ Department Stores 1997
FiFi Best National Advertising Campaign – Men’s 1997
1995 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize
2010 Otis College of Art and Design Otis Design Legend Award
2011 Oxford University “Entrepreneur of the Year”
Bijan Pakzad (/biˌʒæn ˈpɑːkzɑːd/; Persian: بیژن پاکزاد, pronounced [biːʒæn pɑːkzɑːd]), generally known simply as Bijan (4 April 1940 – 16 April 2011), was an Iranian designer of menswear and fragrances.
27 June 2018
Move aside Hermes: Malaysia’s buzzing over Bijan
A custom-made bag by Bijan, which considers itself ‘the world’s most expensive store’, was one of the 567 luxury handbags seized by the police in their 1MDB probe.
PETALING JAYA: For upmarket foodies, the name Bijan may bring to mind the popular bar and restaurant on Jalan Ceylon in Kuala Lumpur, but the name will now be the talk of the town for a very different reason.
The police today revealed that a Bijan handbag was among 567 luxury bags seized by the authorities in the ongoing 1MDB probe.
The haul of handbags, which included names like Hermes and Chanel, had made headlines since the police raids last month. However, the single Bijan announced today stands out from the crowd of other luxury brands.
What is a Bijan, and what makes it so special?
The brand was founded by Iranian-born designer Bijan Pakzad in Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles in 1976, just three years after he migrated to the US from Tehran.
His boutique store for menswear has been described as “the most expensive” in the world, with its clients including US presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr, George Bush Jr and Barack Obama.
Other clients include former British prime minister Tony Blair and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as renowned designers like Oscar de la Renta, Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani, and A-list celebrities like Tom Cruise and Anthony Hopkins.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Bijan boutiques are not shops which anyone can just walk into. Prospective clients need to make appointments, and the average spend per customer is US$100,000.