Ji­man Casablan­cas

Time Out Kuala Lumpur - - Dare to do -

THEN Lawyer NOW Pub­lic re­la­tions and fash­ion stylist

If you’re an avid party-goer in KL and you don’t know who Ji­man Casablan­cas is, chances are you haven’t been to the right par­ties. Spot­ting him at an event or a fash­ion show isn’t ex­actly too dif­fi­cult: just look out for the man with the most avant-garde sense of style in the place. Un­derneath the punk fash­ion, how­ever, is a lawyer at heart. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from law school at Univer­siti Ke­bangsaan Malaysia, Ji­man went on to be­come a lit­i­ga­tion lawyer at a law firm. At one point he was also the Chief Le­gal Ad­viser at Sepang In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuits Sdn Bhd. But he found the le­gal pro­fes­sion too dull, es­pe­cially since he was based in Sepang at the time, which wasn’t ex­actly a nightlife hub. So he called it quits and de­cided to go into PR. Since he was for­mally trained as a lawyer, he had to learn most of the skills on the job. ‘ When I was of­fered the PR job, it was re­ally a sink- or-swim sit­u­a­tion. I had to learn ev­ery­thing from scratch and learn them fast. You have no choice but to read up and ask ques­tions,’ he says. Ji­man’s cu­rios­ity and con­nec­tions de­vel­oped dur­ing his time in PR led him into other cre­ative fields such as fash­ion styling, writ­ing and event or­gan­is­ing. His lat­est un­der­tak­ing sees him steer­ing the cre­ative di­rec­tion of Tarik Jeans, where he de­buted his col­lec­tion ti­tled ‘Anak Liar’ at KL Fash­ion Week 2016. When asked if he re­grets leav­ing the law field be­hind, there’s hardly a trace of re­gret: ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way. Fash­ion is just an ex­ten­sion of who I am. I love be­ing im­mersed in that cre­ative process.’ in­sta­gram.com/ji­man­casablan­cas

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