ACT III presents a collection in which, for the first time, Creative Director Gabriel Hendifar mines personal cultural history to inform the studio's new work. The genesis of the collection is a box, intricately inlaid in the Persian Khatam style, which his grandmother brought with her from Iran to the United States in 1979 as a political refugee.
As a first-generation American born after the Islamic Revolution, Gabriel's moments of intersection with Iran and its culture were experienced at a distance. Passed down as an idealized and melancholy memory, it is kept alive through storytelling, food and music. This collection is an attempt to create a tangible connection to this place suspended in time, while also imagining it as a futurist fantasy.