One of the most enjoyable experiences I had on my recent trip was the opportunity to interview Nicolas Bijan at his Rodeo Drive shop, House Of Bijan, which is by appointment only. Nicolas inherited the business from his late father Bijan Pakzad, a designer who was instrumental in putting Rodeo Drive on the map. His business was founded on the basic principles of quality over quantity, to use the highest grade raw materials to make the most unique menswear pieces in the world.
When Bijan passed away Nicolas was just 19 years old. Now 26, he is overseeing the gradual expansion of the brand to have possibly five locations internationally as well as the expansion of the suite of products and services that the house offers.
Attention to detail and the quality of materials is paramount to their success but coupled with this is a level of service that is seldom seen in traditional retail. A customer can order an alligator jacket and have it within 7 days in the colour of their choice hand delivered anywhere in the world by one of Bijan's employees.
More to come in a future edition of Robb Report, but in the interim I post below one of their one off ties which are packaged in hand-made boxes wrapped in the same silk.