July 23, 2013

Style Profile: Maryam Keyhani

It can be said that Maryam Keyhani’s personal style is anything but conventional, and therefore a slightly unconventional style profile was in order (read: I basically ask her nothing about her clothes). And while some of the first things that come to mind when you think of Keyhani are top hats, white shirts and Margiela, when I visited her home in early May, then four months pregnant, the jewelry designer was clearly entering a new stage in her fashion life. Having recently decided to take a break from making her intricately designed and highly sculptural line of necklaces, Keyhani is contemplating a move to Berlin to continue her studies in art (Keyhani is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design). Dressed in a Mugler cape, only to change into that velvet Gucci dress, we talk Proust, poets and because we couldn’t help it, the everlasting appeal of a white button down shirt.


How would you describe your style?
Minimal and a bit quirky.

The quality you like most in a man?

The quality you like most in a woman?


What is your idea of happiness?
Living in the moment, which is practically impossible at times.

What would you like to be?
More calm.

Who are your favorite poets?
I do have a soft spot for Persian poetry some of my favourites are Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Sepehri and of course Rumi.


Who are your favorite painters?
de Kooning, Cy Twombly and definitely Goya.

What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To read people’s minds.

What is your daily beauty routine?
I’m a huge beauty addict, but now that I’m pregnant I’m trying to use more natural products – right now I use products from the Tata Harper line, and Sisley makes incredible masks, they are especially good when you travel – super hydrating.


What are the three things a woman should have in our closet?
Three perfect white button down shirts.

Most inspiring city?
I love Toronto and Berlin is also incredibly inspiring.

If you had one more hour in the day, you’d spend it?
I would definitely sleep more.


Best advice you’ve ever received?
That talent is not everything, you have to work hard and be committed to make something happen.

Top three places in Berlin that everyone must visit?
1/ Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery – it also has a great café to have a quick lunch.
2/ Borchardt for dinner and outdoor movies at the parks in the summer.
3/ There is also a great flea market at maurpark on Sundays followed by an outdoor public karaoke party which is really fun.


Photography by Miguel Jacob