The Q&A | Nariman Jay

August 30, 2015


This week, I'm introducing a little Q&A that I'll do every month or so, featuring someone inspiring...

The first one, naturally, is with my creative soulmate, Nariman Jay.

Nariman is a stylist, creative director, and the very best sounding board a girl could ask for.

He creates images like the ones you see throughout this website and he's also the guy I call at 2 am when I don't know what shade of pink to use

We met over 10 years ago when we were studying at Central St. Martin's. We had both just moved to London (he from Coquitlam, me from Vancouver Island) and were feeling decidedly un-cool next to all the design savvy international kids surrounding us.










Here we are in year one on the BA at St. Martin's. This is probably 2004/2005


And now for some questions:

Which 3 items would you take with you to a desert island?

Assuming that it's a tropical island: A beach umbrella, a hand held fan, and an air conditioning unit.

What makes you cringe?

Like any living, breathing human being, hearing my own voice on a recording. In my head I'd like to think i sound like a butch Joan Crawford but in reality I sound more like a bitchy gay shoe salesmen from a late 90's rom-com.  

What smell do you adore?

The smell of the beauty counters of any department store. The amalgamation of all the different scents gives me a false sense of luxury and glamour that lasts for only about 5 seconds, but its a nice a lil' kick!  

Jelly Beans or Chocolate?

Why is that even a question? CHOCOLATE always and forever.

What’s the last thing you googled?

"Leather gear toronto" ...get your mind outta the gutter. It's not what you think - I'm currently trying to locate a bikers leather cap for a shoot I'm styling next week.  

What’s on your ‘fuhgetaboutit’ list?

Backing up my computer, updating my Instagram, writing back to my cousin who emailed me 3 months ago, washing this morning's dishes...etc. All quite important but not as essential as watching 90's supermodel clips on youtube.

Which city would you most like to live in?

I have yet to find that out, but I'll keep you posted.

Britney or Christina?


What is on the flip side?

The cool side of the pillow

What do you doodle?

I don't doodle specific objects. I just tend to add squiggly lines and pretty flourishes to already existing texts just to jazz them up a bit. Due to this some of the pages in my agenda look like the Vegas strip.


Who would you hang with in heaven?

If there was a heaven (and I was allowed in it) I'd like to think I would spend the hereafter as Diana Vreeland's personal assistant!

XXX Thank you Nariman! XXX

Here are some snippets of Nariman's work:

















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