Loosely translated as my life’s destiny, أقدار عمري, is the inspiration behind this collaboration that emanates from imaging a modern Arab traveler who sets out on an odyssey throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America. His expeditions echo the journeys undertaken by his ancestors at the turn of the 13th century – the height of discovery and wandering. He returns a most educated traveler; having gained knowledge in the fusion of cultures, and a deep understanding of the intricacies of fabric making. Shooting the collection’s look-book I couldn’t help but feel a connection to the pieces. Therefore, in order to truly represent the inspiration behind this line, I chose my brother and myself as models to showcase my collaboration with Mini Cooper. Despite the fact that we are not models by profession, we are modern global citizens traveling the world in pursuit of new and exciting experiences. MINI FASHION – BEYOND NATIVE is Zaid Farouki’s first foray into male ready-to-wear fashion design.