Khalid Al Qasimi leads a dual career: In his hometown of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, he is chairman of the local government’s urban planning council. But when in London, he is creative director of Qasimi—a rising menswear label whose collections make baby-pink overcoats and Bedouin striped linen trousers look not only tasteful, but ready-to-wear. You have two very different jobs. Does one ever inform the other? I studied architecture because I felt it was the pinnacle of a design education. Once you learn about structure, proportion and construction, you can view the body as a landscape. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Issue 19 Nick Wakeman Creating a menswear-inspired line for women, Nick Wakeman welcomes the challenges arising from forging new aesthetic territories. Design Issue 19 David Rager David Rager, co-founder of design firm Weekends, shares his tale of LA and Paris and how he makes time for life’s little distractions. Design Issue 19 A Day in the Life: Frida Escobedo With her own firm and scores of global projects in her inventive portfolio, this architect is transforming Mexico City, one artful building at a time. Interiors Issue 19 Prankster’s Paradise Is the nine-to-five grind approaching monotony? Arrive at the office early to even the playing field and invoke mirth for your co-workers. Design Issue 19 In Anxious Anticipation The effects of adrenaline are positively pulse-pounding, but the physical whoosh we feel in our bodies actually starts in our brains. Design Issue 18 Happiness by Design Think more like designers: The strategies employed to create a perfectly proportioned bookshelf can also be used to enhance our personal well-being.