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What’s in my closet: Zubair Timol

The Directory peers deep into the closets of UAE style leaders

  • By Yusra Farzan, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 10:10 November 4, 2012
  • Tabloid

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  • “The bow tie I have on is one of my favourites. One day we were sitting around sketching bow ties and I was doodling this one and managed to turn the print into a design.”
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“I’m like Bruce Wayne,” Zubair Timol tells tabloid! as he welcomes us into his beautiful home at the Dubai Marina. “I have two lives, a lawyer by day and a designer by night.”

Timol started Velsvoir, a luxury brand specialising in bow ties, with his two brothers and has since been a common face in the fashion pages.

“I have two lives, a lawyer by day and a designer by night.”

Zubair Timol | Designer

He counts David Beckham as his style idol and hoards magazines from his travels. An avid reader, he collects books on current affairs, culture and business.

For a new series in The Directory, Timol opened his closet to reveal a bit more than we already know.

I picked up the H&M suede shoes when I was in New York and I love anything from NYC...

It’s so unbelievably comfortable and dressy so it’s ideal for long hours on your feet socialising.”

The bow tie I have on is one of my favourites...

One day we were sitting around sketching bow ties and I was doodling this one and managed to turn the print into a design.

The blue and white striped shirt with three buttons on the collar...

I got it in a small shop in Central London called Diverso. The gentleman there takes your precise measurements and then the shirt is handmade for you in Italy. It’s a shirt that works for corporate and fun times.

I’m going to be cheesy here...

I love the Tom Ford glasses because my wife bought it.

An item I will never get rid of is a black blazer with rose detail....

I’ve worn it to many important events in Las Vegas, New York and London and I’ve created so many memories wearing it. Also its versatile – I can dress it up or down.

I love this Karl Lagerfeld jumper that I picked up in NY...

It was a business trip and I had a few hours to kill and my wife and I decided to go shopping. In spite of numerous visits to NY, I had never come across the store and when I did we bought everything in sight. I rarely wear knitwear but I loved this jumper because of what it means to fashion. Lagerfeld is an icon. The ‘Karl’ book I got in Milan.

My style mantra is ‘dress for the job you want not the one you have’.

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