A love of textiles and pure, archetypal forms runs like a thread through Berlin-based designer Nobieh Talaei’s biography. It’s an itinerant thread, if you will, one which emotionally and creatively references her grandmother’s nomadic family heritage and her background in traditional handcrafts and dressmaking skills.
Born in Tehran, Talaei moved to Berlin when she was 11. Graduating from Esmod Berlin, her graduate men’s wear collection was chosen by Premium to be specially exhibited at the Berlin fashion fair in 2003. Later, she gained experience with leading international fashion labels in merchandising and retail management positions. Her short stint in interior design came next, during which she created timeless yet modern environments, starring hand-chosen pieces of Bauhaus, Neue Sachlichkeit and 1950’s Scandinavian design.
These different chapters, she notes, all helped lay the conceptual and aesthetic foundations for her company NOBI TALAI, which she founded in Berlin in early 2015.
In July 2015 the designer made her official market debut with her Spring/Summer 2016 NOBI TALAI collection, shown in both a solo presentation and then as part of The Berliner Mode Salon at the Kronprinzenpalais during Berlin Fashion Week. Simultaneously pushing the new label forward, Talaei was named one of the first two mentees in the Fashion Council Germany’s inaugural Fellowship program that same week.
In 2016 Nobi Talai shifted its primary showplace to Paris and has since staged a runway presentation during Paris Fashion Week each season. The collection participates in key domestic and international showroom rounds, and is carried by leading fashion retailers in Germany, Austria, Dubai and most recently France.
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