The 28-year-old graduated from law school, but her dream was to become a designer. Since her childhood in Tampa, Florida, Kamal has been sketching her ideas on napkins, taking them to Pakistan where local tailors would bring her vision to life. Kamal still works with artisans in Lahore to create custom bridal wear and haute couture.
What drove you to start Kamal Beverly Hills?
When I got engaged I searched everywhere for a dress. I had one week till the event and was in panic mode reaching out to every vendor in the U.S. trying to find a dress that reflected who I was: an American-Pakistani woman. I flew to New York, where I ended up settling on an outfit, which my mom and I completely personalized by adding crystals to the bodice, sewing new pants and adding a different dupatta. I couldn’t help but think how many women struggle with the same predicament.
How does South Asia inspire your designs?
The beauty of South Asia has been a constant inspiration to me throughout my life. I am my happiest walking through the crowded bazaars of Pakistan searching for the perfect pattern of silks, velvets and chiffons.
What milestones have you achieved?
In our first year of business we dressed countless celebrities, socialites and members of international royalty for red carpet events like the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. Through our Couture For A Cause program we have sponsored the education and well-being of 100 young girls in remote villages of Pakistan.
What is the most important element in looking polished?
Many outfits I see everyday would go from average to style blog worthy with the simple addition of a belt. Don’t be afraid to accessorize even the most casual outfits with a belt. It adds structure and accentuates your waist, instantly creating an hourglass shape.
Kamal Beverly Hills is located at:
407 North Bedford Drive, Beverly HIlls, CA 90210