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Areez Katki

Posted in Uncategorized by faultmagazine on February 5, 2010

By Roshannah Bagley

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: It’s a mid summer afternoon in a bright yet drizzly Auckland, nestled between the strip clubs, vintage shops and art galleries of Karangahape Road, I arrive at a little cafe to meet upcoming Persian-New Zealand knitwear designer Areez Katki. Dressed in a t-shirt, tailored trousers, well loved brown tasseled loafers, round tortoiseshell sunglasses and an Indian patterned scarf, the 20 year old University of Auckland student is his own best advertisement.

As well as studying History of Art full time, Katki has managed to emerge as one of New Zealand’s most talked about fashion discoveries of the past year – albeit accidental. Stocked in two of the city’s coolest boutiques – Ms Crabb and Children of Vision – Katki discovered his love for knitwear three years ago whilst a first year fashion student at Auckland University of Technology. Now approaching his third collection entitled ‘Handmade III”, Katki’s colourful knitted pieces are taking on a new direction. Extending his aesthetic to treating, dying and felting his own wool; he then continues: “I’m also exploring vertical drapery; it allows the garment to cling to the body. The previous collections included horizontal patterns which allowed a freer looser fit”, Katki said in his multi-layered accent (born in Bombay, he grew up in Dubai and moved to Auckland at the age of 12).

Fuelled by a recent journey to India, Katki speaks enthusiastically of his travels showing photos of the “incredible fabric stores” and culture. Saris, brights and deconstruction are his sources of inspiration. With innovative designers Bernhard Wilhelm and Vivienne Westwood as influences, it’s no wonder Katki speaks highly of the creative process and “fun factor” in fashion; though he dismisses the idea of massed production: “I don’t really agree with the idea of massed produced items or the idea of

machines, not when people have already mastered the craft.” The idea of a hand made high quality item is of huge importance, all wool used has been imported from overseas.

After completing his History of Art degree, Katki would like to return to studying fashion, ideally at Antwerp’s renowned Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Bernhard Wilhelm’s tuition.





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