Fashion Without Borders

Lead DesignerAzin Valy
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Prize(s)1st Place in Apparel Category / Garment Concepts
Entry Description

Cityzen by Azin transforms aerial views of cities into 3D wearable art promoting a dialogue towards global Cityzenship merging fashion with social impact.

The Cityzen bespoke apparel connects the heart and soul of the city with that of the body while raising
awareness for various issues around the world. Form follows topography with mountains defining necklines, rivers
meandering around the curves of the body, and roads marking transitions in a garment. It transports the wearer to another part of the world she loves or wants to impact.

The Cityzen scarf is a universal piece of clothing that links women and men across the world sharing their
commonality and respecting their differences. It provides a breathtaking perspective of the world and is
accompanied by a recommendation list and a guide that celebrates each place through the 6 senses of
sight, sound, touch, taste, scent and thought.

Cityzen by Azin bridges the world one City and one Cityzen at a time.


I-Beam Design is an award winning multi-disciplinary firm founded by Suzan Wines and Azin Valy. They have over 20 years of experience on a broad range of design and construction projects including corporate, commercial, cultural, landscape and residential work. The firm’s projects have been featured in numerous national and international publications and have received much praise for their sensitive yet highly innovative design solutions. Personal attention by the partners and the project team is given to each project through active participation in all phases of research, site analysis, space planning, schematic design, design development, construction documents, specifications, and construction. I-Beam is actively engaged in all phases of the building process that range from feasibility studies, Design Documents, building department and government filings, to on site construction supervision and sign offs.
Ms. Wines and Ms. Valy both completed professional degrees in architecture at The Cooper Union on full scholarships. Ms. Wines is licensed in New York State and served as New York correspondent for the renowned Italian Art and Architecture Magazine, Domus. She has taught architectural design at Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Parsons New School of Design and The Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Ms. Valy has taught at and City College and has served as guest critic at Parsons, Pratt, and Columbia University. She is also the founder and CEO of Cityzen by Azin, a fashion brand based on intersection of human body and maps of cities from around the world.
I-Beam’s work has been exhibited at the Milan Architecture Triennale, the Venice Biennale and Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens in London.

Awards and Prize

Celebrity Endorsements:
Cityzen is following I-Beam’s footsteps in receiving press and celebrity endorsements. The brand was recently featured on the 89th Academy awards' Stage as Anousheh Ansari, "The Space ambassador" and technology entrepreneur accepted the Oscars on behalf of Best Foreign Film Director, Asghar Farhady for his film The Salesman. Other celebrities to date who have worn Cityzen by Azin include Esperanza Spalding, Shirin Neshat, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Ariana Huffington, Tory Burch, Fran Drescher, Christine Lagrade, Maz Jobrani, Hooman Majd to name a few. In addition, the Chicago Cityzen gown had been accepted as a gift at the White House by Michelle Obama.

Press and Awards:
Cityzen has been featured in many publications including New York Times T Magazine, Huffington Post, Travel and Leisure, Mail On Line, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicles, Miami Herald and dozens of others. Azin has been featured as one of the new women entrepreneurs to be followed on Tory Burch’s website and was recently invited by the US Embassy in Qatar and the US Chamber of Commerce to showcase her collection for "The Bridge That Unites US" fashion event. Her brand's story was also featured as one of the most "hopeful stories" of the year by Global Voices in 2016 and Cityzen by Azin Video Campaign in collaboration with G.M.D. THREE won the London International Creative Competition Award in 2016.