19½ Questions For Designer Babak Golkar

We pick the brain of one third of Dubai’s leading men’s fashion brand Emperor 1688.

EDGAR staff May 30, 2014

1– How do you describe yourself?

Light-hearted, creative and passionate

2– How do others describe you?

Creative and caring (I hope!)

3– What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Creating the fashion label Emperor 1688 with my brothers, and the success we have had so far.

4– What is your biggest regret?

I don’t have a single one.

5– What do you consider your best attribute?

My compassion and loyalty.

6– What is your least favourite attribute?

People who are impatient or overly sensitive.

If you’re not the best looking person, then be the best dressed person.

7– What virtue do you value in people?

I think punctuality is very important.

8– What is something that people don’t know about you?

Er, I play the classical flute.

9– What inspires you?

I am hugely inspired by both music and history.

10– What is your most prized possession?

My family.

11– Do you have a personal motto?

If you’re not the best looking person, then be the best dressed person

12– What advice would you give to yourself as 16-year-old?

Value your worth and know you will value yourself when you’re old enough to appreciate what you are.

13– What would you have for your last supper?

Anything... as long as it’s Iranian!

Taking risks is extremely important – as long as they are carefully calculated.

14– What film are you embarrassed that you have never seen?

Silver Linings Playbook.

15– What is your biggest luxury?

My home in Dubai.

16– What is something the modern day man should possess?

A crisp white shirt.

17– How important is it to take risks?

Extremely important – as long as they are carefully calculated.

18– Who is your real life hero?

Yves Saint Laurent

19– What makes you laugh?

Making fun of myself and my friends.

19 1⁄2. Finish this sentence: Fashion is...

About movement.

Details: Emperor 1688 recently became the first Middle Eastern menswear brand to be nominated for the prestigious Woolmark Award. You can view their collection at Saks Fifth Avenue, Burjaman Mall, Dubai. Visit theemperor1688.com