Ziggi Studios

MANAGEMENT TEAM

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Ziggi Akhtar, Creative Director

Ziggi is one of the most sought after Asian men's fashion designers in the UK. A fashion graduate with a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design and an MA in Visual Communication, Ziggi trained at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. In India he acquired experience of manufacturing, from design through to production, and went on to work for couture designer Kiran Khan and the premiere brand Monsoon.

He debuted his collection at the 2009 Asiana Bridal Show and was the first Asian designer to showcase at The Clothes Show Live. His collection has caught the attention of British department stores Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, and international designers Satya Paul and Rohit Verma.

With several accolades under his belt, it was the highly coveted Business Entrepreneurs Award that catapulted him from working as a magazine stylist and professional photographer to running a men's fashion brand in just six months. For two successive years, Ziggi was awarded Best Male Fashion Designer at the International Asian Fashion Awards. He has amassed an impressive celebrity following: stars, such as Bollywood's Upen Patel, actor and former member of British band Blue Simon Webbe, DJs Raj and Pablo, bhangra artist H-Dhami and Jaz Dhami have all enjoyed the Ziggi Collection; Ziggi was also the creative director of the wedding attire for international music producer and artist, Rishi Rich.

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Taff Rafiq, Managing Director

With over a decade of business management experience, Taff manages Ziggi Studio. He developed experience in property development and retail (managing a branch of high street fashion label H&M), before he decided to team up with Ziggi to venture into his own retail business.

Taff is the first point of contact at Ziggi Studio and leads consultations with clients. Taff also collaborates with Ziggi at all stages of production in order to ensure that only the finest and highest standards of attire reach the client.

He has played a pivotal role in marketing and branding the Ziggi Studio label and manages the company's show exhibition stands around the UK.

Having recently tied the knot himself, he genuinely understands every client's individual needs and can therefore provide first hand advice on everything a groom should know about his wedding day - and not just which of Ziggi Studio's designs to wear!