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IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: BIJAN - FASHION/FRAGRANCE DESIGNER

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Iranian-born Bijan Pakzad, who immigrated in 1973, dresses some of the world's most powerful men including President Bush and Senator John Kerry (as well as Vladimir Putin, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and Jay Leno). His store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is said to be the most expensive in the world. One of his fragrance bottles is on display in the Smithsonian Museum and a few years back he was on Vanity Fair's world's best dressed men list. Not too shabby.

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  1. TX's Avatar
    Greg, here's another one for your blog:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070921/ap_on_re_us/raid_lawsuit

    I had no idea that agents were going into people's home without warrents. In some instances those people did'nt even live there. Can you imagine if in the middle of the night some federal agents break into your house looking for someone who does not even live there......wow, this is scary.

    This is from the article:

    "In one case, authorities raided a home in East Hampton on Long Island around 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 20 in search of a man who had moved out in 2003, according to the lawsuit. The family still living there were U.S. citizens, except for a child who is a legal resident awaiting naturalization."
  2. TX's Avatar
    I think you've already covered the brain drain argument, but it's good to see it mention again in newsweek.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ibd/20070920/bs_ibd_ibd/2007920tech01
  3. TX's Avatar
    Another interesting article.

    http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/border/63608.php

    Greg, or anyone else, this law that the article is stating:

    "The Naturalization Law of 1790 excluded nonwhites from citizenship. The law was on the books until 1952, Takaki said. It prevented his grandfather from ever becoming a citizen."

    Is it really true that up untill 1952 non-whites could not become US citizens?
  4. Legal and waiting's Avatar
    TX, I think it is not about 'non-whites', I think it is about 'exclusion of Asians', which prevented Asians from getting naturalized and had been on the books for waaay too long (1950s sounds about right).
  5. bijan's Avatar
    hello.i want send an email to mr bijan pakzad.please help me.
  6. 's Avatar
    "I think it is about 'exclusion of Asians', which prevented Asians from getting naturalized and had been on the books for waaay too long (1950s sounds about right)."

    The more things change they stay the same. The modern version of this is the 7% national quota. Read below the section on Modern Racial Exclusion.

    http://academic.udayton.edu/race/02rights/immigr09.htm
  7. 's Avatar
    TX posted something that has this gem from Matloff.

    "It's politically expedient to criticize H-1B visas while supporting fast-track green cards," said Matloff. "But the fast-track green card is no better than the H-1B program."
  8. leila's Avatar
    hello.i want send an email to mr bijan pakzad.please help me
  9. Mahmood's Avatar
    i want to send an email to mr bijan pakzad plz help me
  10. bijan's Avatar
    ????. ???????? ?? ???? ?????? ???? ???.??????
  11. hi's Avatar
    hi, i want send email to mr bijan pakzad you are kind enough if you help me
    best wishes
  12. Ismail  Shakibapour's Avatar
    November, 8, 2007


    Dear Bijan Pakzad

    With Compliments,
    We, the Undersigned, are the members of State Scientific Elite Foundation, Iranian Scientific Elites Association and Iranian Inventors Association and since the projects and inventions, registered by us in Iran, have been abused many times by organizations, institutes and the like; we have no longer trust on them in Iran. We would like to follow up our registered or unregistered projects/inventions, fruits of our years of studies and researches in different areas, in the USA.

    A number of our inventions our inventions are as follows:
    1. 'Manufacture and Provide of the New Cellulosic Solid Fuel, Applicable in Missile and Missile Advanced Technologies'
    2.'Design and manufacture of Electrical Energy Generating Turbines Floating On Water'.
    3. 'Design and manufacture of Electrical Energy Generating Turbines for the Systems in which Sea Waves Energy is used'.
    4. 'Design and manufacture of Energy Generating for Trains, Metros and Express Street Cars and Trains for Long Distances'.
    5. 'Design and manufacture of One-Directional Axial Vanes (Blades)'.
    6. 'Design and manufacture of Wind Electrical Energy Generating Turbines using One-Directional Axial vanes (Blades)'.
    7. 'Design and manufacture of One-Directional Axial Vanes (Blades) Applicable in all the Industries.
    8. 'Design and manufacture of A New Turbines with the Capability to be Installed in Jet Engines to Increase the Propulsion of Turbojet, Turboprop and Turbofan Engines)'.
    9. 'Proving the Existence of Harmine, Harmaline and Vasicinone Alkaloids, and Identification and Separation them in Peganum Harmala Plant'.
    **************************************************************
    1. 'Design and manufacture of One-Directional Axial-Radial Complementary Vanes (Blades)'.
    2. 'Unclogging System for all Sorts of Clogged Pipes, Branched or Non-Branched out, Using Fluids Hydraulic Pressure'.
    3. 'Method of Connecting Polyethylene Pipes without Coupling, Applicable in Water and Sewage Industrial Systems'.
    It is to be note that we are not affiliated to any organization and/or institute of the government of I.R. Iran and all our projects and inventions are novels in the world, especially in the energy area in which hi-tech is used.
    If we are given the chance ,there is no doubt that we will be able to present and challenge not only ourselves but our projects and inventions in your office in the USA and to do so all the necessary documents many be presented to any embassy of USA around Iran.
    If there is anything more you would like to know, please don't hesitate to contact us at: info@shakibaresearcher.com , esi_shakiba@yahoo.com
    We wish to thank you for your attention.

    Best regards,
    Ismail Shakibapour
    Arman Shakibapour

  13. Ali's Avatar
    Bijan Pakzad (generally known simply as Bijan) (born 1944)[1] is a well-known Iranian American designer of menswear and fragrances.

    Born in Teheran, Iran, Bijan immigrated to the United States in 1973. His exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills was established in 1976 and can be visited by "appointment only". It has been described as "the most expensive store in the world".[2]

    Bijan dresses the worlds most powerful men. President Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Thomas Gottschalk, Sir Anthony Hopkins, President Vladimir Putin, Senator John Kerry, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Giorgio Armani, Usher, Carlos Slim Helu, Steve Wynn, Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford, and President Ronald Reagan have all been dressed by Bijan

    Bijan mainly lives in Beverly Hills, California but he is also known to own residences in New York and Boston as well as Milan and Florence, Italy.

    Bijan is known also for his cars, he has a Yellow Bentley Azure with black interior as well as a Black Bentley Azure with yellow interior he is also known to have a Black Mercedes SLR Mclaren with a customized paint scheme, a black Bugatti Veyron, and a Yellow Ferrari 430 which he parks outside his Rodeo Drive Boutique

    Bijan's fragrances for both men and women are known for their distinctive circular glass flacon with an open center and a dividing web. When half full, the fragrance fills two separate chambers, seemingly defying the law of gravity that liquid seeks its own level. One of these perfume bottles is featured in the permanent exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution.

    In 1988, Bijan for Men won the Fragrance Foundation's FiFi award for "Most Successful Men's Fragrance (Exclusive)" while Bijan for Women won the award for "Best Women's Fragrance Package".[3] In 1997, Bijan again had success at the FiFi Awards with the Michael Jordan Cologne winning awards for "Men's Fragrance Star of the Year Specialty/ Department Stores" and "Best National Advertising Campaign - Men's". [4]

    Another fragrance from Bijan, DNA, earned Bijan an Ig Nobel Prize in 1995 for chemistry. The perfume contained no deoxyribonucleic acid and came in a triple helix-shaped bottle (as opposed to the double helix structure of DNA).[5]. The DNA name was inspired by Bijan's children's initials, Daniela, Nicolas, and Alexandra, not the nucleic acid.[6]

    In 1989 Vanity Fair magazine named Bijan to their "International Best Dressed List".[7]

    in the late 80's Bijan designed a golden colt revolver. The gun had a leather handgrip fashioned for a .38-cal. Colt revolver inlaid in the cylinder was 56 grams of 24-karat gold, the gun was placed in a mink pouch in a Baccarat crystal case embossed with the customer's name. Bijan's own signature is engraved in gold on the shank of the gun. In 2005 one of his two hundred guns ever created sold at Christie's auction house for over $50,000 USD

    Bijan has three children, Daniela Pakzad from his first marriage and Alexandra Pakzad and Nicolas Bijan Pakzad from his second marriage to Tracy Murdock. His daughter Alexandra Pakzad works as a fashion model, and his Daughter Daniela works in the watch department of Bijan designer for men. His son Nicolas Bijan Pakzad also works for Bijan designer for men.

    In 2000 Bijan courted controversy when an ad featuring a "rotund [nude] model named Bella"[8] and himself was at first rejected by New York magazines before it was accepted by Tina Brown's Talk magazine.[9]


    [edit] References
    ^ Frank Swertlow, "The Sultan of Sartor", Los Angeles Business Journal, May 15, 2000
    ^ Richard A. Wright, "Mercedes Rides to Rescue of Rodeo Drive Concours", Detroit News, June 30, 2003
    ^ Fifi award winners
    ^ Michael Jordan Cologne Wins Fragrance Star of the Year Award
    ^ 1995 List of Ig Nobel Prize winners
    ^ Description of DNA by Bijan from Molecular Expressions website
    ^ Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame
    ^ Bella ads (contains nudity)
    ^ Hamilton Spectator, "The skinny on Bijan's fat lady ads", by Barbara Thomas, February 17, 2000

    [edit] External links
    Official site
    Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijan_%28designer%29"
    Categories: American fashion designers | Iranian Americans | Iranian fashion designers | Ig Nobel Prize winners | People from Tehra
  14. Ali's Avatar
    Bijan Pakzad (generally known simply as Bijan) (born 1944)[1] is a well-known Iranian American designer of menswear and fragrances.

    Born in Teheran, Iran, Bijan immigrated to the United States in 1973. His exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills was established in 1976 and can be visited by "appointment only". It has been described as "the most expensive store in the world".[2]

    Bijan dresses the worlds most powerful men. President Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Thomas Gottschalk, Sir Anthony Hopkins, President Vladimir Putin, Senator John Kerry, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Paul Allen, Jay Leno, Giorgio Armani, Usher, Carlos Slim Helu, Steve Wynn, Oscar De La Renta, Tom Ford, and President Ronald Reagan have all been dressed by Bijan

    Bijan mainly lives in Beverly Hills, California but he is also known to own residences in New York and Boston as well as Milan and Florence, Italy.

    Bijan is known also for his cars, he has a Yellow Bentley Azure with black interior as well as a Black Bentley Azure with yellow interior he is also known to have a Black Mercedes SLR Mclaren with a customized paint scheme, a black Bugatti Veyron, and a Yellow Ferrari 430 which he parks outside his Rodeo Drive Boutique

    Bijan's fragrances for both men and women are known for their distinctive circular glass flacon with an open center and a dividing web. When half full, the fragrance fills two separate chambers, seemingly defying the law of gravity that liquid seeks its own level. One of these perfume bottles is featured in the permanent exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution.

    In 1988, Bijan for Men won the Fragrance Foundation's FiFi award for "Most Successful Men's Fragrance (Exclusive)" while Bijan for Women won the award for "Best Women's Fragrance Package".[3] In 1997, Bijan again had success at the FiFi Awards with the Michael Jordan Cologne winning awards for "Men's Fragrance Star of the Year Specialty/ Department Stores" and "Best National Advertising Campaign - Men's". [4]

    Another fragrance from Bijan, DNA, earned Bijan an Ig Nobel Prize in 1995 for chemistry. The perfume contained no deoxyribonucleic acid and came in a triple helix-shaped bottle (as opposed to the double helix structure of DNA).[5]. The DNA name was inspired by Bijan's children's initials, Daniela, Nicolas, and Alexandra, not the nucleic acid.[6]

    In 1989 Vanity Fair magazine named Bijan to their "International Best Dressed List".[7]

    in the late 80's Bijan designed a golden colt revolver. The gun had a leather handgrip fashioned for a .38-cal. Colt revolver inlaid in the cylinder was 56 grams of 24-karat gold, the gun was placed in a mink pouch in a Baccarat crystal case embossed with the customer's name. Bijan's own signature is engraved in gold on the shank of the gun. In 2005 one of his two hundred guns ever created sold at Christie's auction house for over $50,000 USD

    Bijan has three children, Daniela Pakzad from his first marriage and Alexandra Pakzad and Nicolas Bijan Pakzad from his second marriage to Tracy Murdock. His daughter Alexandra Pakzad works as a fashion model, and his Daughter Daniela works in the watch department of Bijan designer for men. His son Nicolas Bijan Pakzad also works for Bijan designer for men.

    In 2000 Bijan courted controversy when an ad featuring a "rotund [nude] model named Bella"[8] and himself was at first rejected by New York magazines before it was accepted by Tina Brown's Talk magazine.[9]


    [edit] References
    ^ Frank Swertlow, "The Sultan of Sartor", Los Angeles Business Journal, May 15, 2000
    ^ Richard A. Wright, "Mercedes Rides to Rescue of Rodeo Drive Concours", Detroit News, June 30, 2003
    ^ Fifi award winners
    ^ Michael Jordan Cologne Wins Fragrance Star of the Year Award
    ^ 1995 List of Ig Nobel Prize winners
    ^ Description of DNA by Bijan from Molecular Expressions website
    ^ Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame
    ^ Bella ads (contains nudity)
    ^ Hamilton Spectator, "The skinny on Bijan's fat lady ads", by Barbara Thomas, February 17, 2000

    [edit] External links
    Official site
    Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bijan_%28designer%29"
    Categories: American fashion designers | Iranian Americans | Iranian fashion designers | Ig Nobel Prize winners | People from Tehra
  15. پيمان اميرافشار's Avatar
    ???? ??? ???? ??? ?? ???? ???? ??? ?????????? ?????? ???? ?????? ??????? ???? ???? . ?? ????
  16. Arsalan bijani's Avatar
    KIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR To Kone Bijan .
  17. Hamid's Avatar
    BAba In yaro bijan pakzad bachegi be man kon midade behesh begin hamid mishnase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. Ghazvin's Avatar
    Agha Bijan shoma ro dost darim
    ANJOMANE KON KONHAYE GHAZVIN.
  19. kir's Avatar
    ?? ???? 09121358824
  20. sami's Avatar
    Bijan jan Salam MAn KOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Mikham Tel: 021-8865845
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