By Serpil Kadirlar
The Kyrenia harbour was adorned with glitz and glamour where international fashion designer Raşit Bağzıbağlı unvield the new, exclusive and unique ‘Raşit Bağzıbağlı’ fashion store. With intricate designs, glamourous styles and one-of-a-kind garments and gowns- where simply touching the unmistakably top-quality fabrics, sequins and Swarovski stones which are carefully stitched into each masterpiece easily triggers the imagination with power that can entice even the most conservative of people…
Each and every garment has its own mark of excellence, its own individuality and the Raşit Bağzıbağlı store is therefore the first of its kind on the island of Cyprus.
The gowns- which are nothing short of artistic genius- are an indication as to why celebrities worldwide are queuing up to have their red-carpet attire designed by this creative mastermind.
A collection of ball gowns created by Fashion designer (and Raşit Bağzıbağlı’s father,) Derviş Bağzıbağlı, are also featured in the store. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Derviş Bağzıbağlı said “I am very proud to have returned to my homeland after two decades of business in Istanbul within the Fashion industry, and even more proud to do so with my son Raşit. I would like to express my gratitude to the people of the TRNC who have welcomed us back so warmly, and we look forward to many successful years on what is a beautiful, cultural, cosmopolitan Island which has gone from strength to strength and will hopefully continue to do so”.
Raşit Bağzıbağlı Said, “I feel honoured to be here opening our store together with you all today- I wish the TRNC public patience, persistence, and would like to express how happy I am to have finally opened a store in my homeland- a project we have finally realised here today”.
UBP Leader Ersin Tartar: “… I will proudly wear Bağzıbağlı designs and I believe that if I do, I will carry the good luck which this young man has been blessed with..!”
Bağzıbağlı was born in London in 1985. He decided to be a fashion designer at the age of 12. After studying in London.
Raşit Bağzıbağlı designed his first collection at the age of 21 and he began his career as a Couture designer.
In 2010, he received an award of “best young designer of the year” in Turkey and in the same year, he received an award for “best upcoming designer” at the ‘Face of Fashion’ competition in New York. In 2013, he designed the police uniforms, corporate identity logos and emblems of his homeland, the TRNC.
He designed costumes for Elidor Miss Turkey 2014 and 2015 finalists also in 2014 he received an award of fashion designer of the year during the FTV Awards. He has been exhibiting his collections in İstanbul Fashion Week since 2015.
In 2016, he became a jury in the TV show ‘Gardırop Savaşları’, where he offered tips and advice to the audience for 2 years through 220 episodes. In 2017 he added the wedding dress collection to his ready to wear collections RASHID and COUTURE.
The designer, celebrated the 10th anniversary of his carreer in 2018. He has worked with celebrities of Turkey such as Tuba Büyüküstün, Tülin Şahin, Demet Kutluay, Bergüzar Korel, Fahriye Evcen, Dilan Deniz, Amine Gülşe and has dressed world stars, such as Paris Hilton, Yolanthe Cabau, Petra Nemcova and Victoria Secret model Doutzen.
The Raşit Bağzıbağlı store is located on the Kyrenia Harbour, approximately 80 meters away from the Dome Hotel.