Unique to Maneli is her ability to combine her creative skills
with her strong understanding of the business side of the fashion industry



Maneli Nourbakhsh, is currently the Creative Director of Aiki District
and the Fashion Director of John Casablancas Institute


Maneli has gained fashion industry experience in both North America and Europe designing for various labels, as well as creating prints and illustrations by working in a number of demanding environments. Experiences range from high fashion to designing athletic apparel at lululemon. She has also worked with manufacturers internationally. Her specialty lies in launching a project and ensuring all angles, including all visuals and branding, to hiring the right people for the team are efficient and in sync.

Maneli has focused on consulting for various fashion brands and the educational side of fashion by instructing and creating courses for Blanche Macdonald and VCC (Vancouver Community College). In addition to operating Aiki District, she currently heads the fashion department at John Casablancas Institute and has successfully launched a new Fashion Design Diploma Program at the institute.
Prior to kicking off her fashion design career, Maneli received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC), studying Political Science and Sociology and briefly working in Politics.  Her BA has trained her to understand societal and economic trends, which gives Maneli an advantage in researching and forecasting for the fashion industry as well as understanding the direction of the market's trends.

Maneli's professional training in fashion began when she enrolled in Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design. She then had the opportunity to work and live in Europe to gain experience in designing for Womens Ready to Wear collections that have been shown in London and Paris fashion weeks, working on bespoke designs, print design, and costume design for film + TV. Maneli directs and designs using creative and technical abilities along with a practical knowledge of commercial and economic realities.

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