Azin Valy, co-founder of the award winning multi-disciplinary Architecture firm, I-Beam Design, is the creator of the emerging fashion brand, Cityzen by Azin. Her research for an urban planning exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art led to the formation of Cityzen by Azin.
Cityzen by Azin transforms aerial views of cities into wearable art, taking inspiration from colors and patterns of the earth from above. It promotes a global dialogue and diplomacy through fashion by transcending physical and mental borders believing that the arts bridge differences, technology reveals beauty, inter-connectivity leads to new discoveries, and taking the long view brings our commonalities into focus.
The Cityzen scarf is a universal piece of clothing that links women and men across the world sharing their commonality and respecting their differences. It provides a breathtaking perspective of the world and is accompanied by a mini guide that celebrates each place and leverages fashion for social impact by promoting various causes around the world.
The Cityzen bespoke apparel connects the heart and soul of the city with that of the body. Form follows topography with mountains defining necklines, rivers meandering around the curves of the body, and roads marking transitions in a garment, retaining a sense of bespoke individuality that transports the wearer to another part of the world.
As an Iranian/American, Azin has always straddled the two cultures, dispelling misconceptions and treasuring her love of both. Her passion for travel, design, cultural curiosity and empathy towards global issues has led her to the creation of Cityzen by Azin and has reignited her childhood love of fashion.
Cityzen has been following I-Beam's footsteps in receiving press and celebrity endorsements. The brand was featured on the 89th Academy awards' Stage and has been worn by Grammy winner, Esperanza Spalding, Shirin Neshat, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Ariana Huffington, Tory Burch, Fran Drescher, Christine Lagrade, Anousheh Ansari, Maz Jobrani, Hooman Majd and many more. In addition, the Chicago Cityzen gown was accepted as a gift at the White House by Michelle Obama.
Azin was recently invited by the US Embassy in Qatar and the US Chamber of Commerce to showcase her collection for "The Bridge That Unites US" fashion event. Her brand's story was featured as one of the most "hopeful stories" of the year by Global Voices in 2016.