Lecturer, Sustainability Management; Founding Partner, ONE432
Ammar is the founding partner of “ONE432”; a revolutionary "Equal-Share" fashion brand, that pledges 50% of the Net Profits from each transaction, back to its Artisans and sponsoring a child's education. The ONE432 business model has been highlighted by Vogue Business, as well as NYU Stern's "Most Disruptive MBA Startups" and the winner of the "2021 Stern's Entrepreneurs Challenge". Ammar also continues to serve a select NY clientele with his “Custom Design - Not Just Tailored” eponymous menswear label.
Ammar was the first individual from the entire South Asia/Middle East region to attend the Parsons MFA Fashion program, accepting only 18 talents in each cohort. His graduate collection earned him a place as a key faculty member within the Parsons Design community. Ammar's trans-disciplinary narrative of consistently teaching in both programs (BFA Fashion, BBA Business) is part of an evolving vision to explore the harmony between Conceptual Design, Social Entrepreneurship, and Activism. In 2020, he wrote and started teaching a new course called "Sustainable Fashion & Startup Strategy" at Columbia University's Sustainability Management program.
His multicultural articulation of design is a realization of his upbringing in Boston, Geneva, and Lahore (Pakistan). Descending from a family that pioneered manufacturing in Pakistan, he started his career by launching a Bespoke Denim label, which deciphered traditional couture techniques into street-wear; which evolved into Pakistan’s first luxury Menswear label expanding to 5 flagship stores across the country. Ammar Belal Menswear has won national design awards for “Best Emerging Talent”, and “Best Menswear” while being highlighted in the international media. (WWD, Vogue India, Guardian).