Despite an immensely challenging year, renowned Malaysian Syomir Izwa Gupta and Naza Corporation’s joint group executive chairman Datuk Wira SM Faisal Nasimuddin achieved a new milestone in their respective careers. First, Gupta launched his first menswear collection; meanwhile, Faisal is dipping his toe into the fashion business for the first time.
Launched in Aug, FN x Gupta Homme is a colourful ode to Nusantara’s rich melting pot of cultures and the designer's own Indian and Indonesian ancestry. The ‘FN’ in its title refers to none other than serial entrepreneur and investor Faisal, who was determined to commemorate his 40th birthday this year with a meaningful collaborative project.
Exploring new territories and learning something new every day is awakening.— Datuk Wira SM Faisal Nasimuddin
How It Started
A long-time supporter and admirer of Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW), Faisal met Gupta at the annual fashion event in 2019 and was instantly impressed by the designer’s fearless creative spirit and bold use of colour.
“I’ve always been intrigued by arts, culture and fashion, and I personally know many people involved in KLFW,” says Faisal, who admitted that this fashion foray is part of his FN Initiative where he seeks out interesting collaborations with leading talents from various industries. “It was Syomir's spirit of venturing into something new and mastering new challenges that really prompted me to pursue a collaboration with him.”