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Celebrating Culture and Identity through Fashion: Meet Nael, a Model Empowering the Diaspora

Zaina Ameen wearing gold jewelery and a Sandro & Smiley jumper

Wearing the @smiley X @sandroparis jacquard knit sweater, Nael is a model from @daisyanddukesagency who brings the diaspora to life through his bold and culturally inspired style.


Incorporating his heritage into clothing by mixing streetwear with cultural fabrics and in particular, jewellery that is traditionally worn by brides, Nael also incorporates his Bangladeshi roots into fashion while celebrating and empowering his identity and culture.


Shot at Ramezani Rugs in Wembley, this location is filled with a beautiful collection of designs influenced by Middle Eastern heritage and Islamic design. Nael describes it as comforting for him and his brother, who grew up seeing these Islamic designs everywhere and it just “feels homely to be around them”.

Special thanks to @ramezanicarpets@nael.ameen and @z.ainameen

A hand covered in gold jewellery which and a body wearing a red jumper from Sandro & Smiley.

Zain's hand on Naels shoulder. Both of them are wearing jumpers from the Sandro & Smiley collaboration.

Nael and Zain in Sandro & Smiley jumpers.

Nael in a Sandro & Smiley jumper, wearing gold bridal jewelery.

Nael and Zain, holding hands, in Sandro & Smiley jumpers.

Nael and Zain in Sandro & Smiley jumpers.

Nael and Zain in Sandro & Smiley scarves.

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