About Designer Azi
Azi Sharif, PhD| Founder & Designer FashWand
FashWand is a luxury fashion brand that creates exquisitely elegant, yet spicy designs committed to raising awareness about rare and endangered wildlife. The FashWand Collection features gowns embellished with intricate Wildlife inspired Appliqué and Jewels featuring birds of paradise, butterflies, cheetahs, and flowers. With her background in Fine Art, founder and designer Azi Sharif combines her Antique art inspired styles of paintings with complimentary textures such as silk, lace, tulle, and velvet fabrics creating strikingly unique contemporary looks.
FashWand products are designed and constructed by hand in the USA. In addition to creating beautiful fashion, FashWand collaborates with wildlife conservation foundations and donates parts of their profits to them.
Azi is a lifelong artist, fashion designer and a former robotics program manager. A connoisseur of design perfection and quality, with eye for beauty and details and a lifelong passion for art, wildlife, and trend-setting Fashion, Azi creates exquisite fashion with luxury fabrics and striking designs taking inspiration from wildlife and intricate details of ancient architecture.
Azi first started drawing dresses which took inspiration from her Barbie dolls at age 6. She closely observed nature and wildlife, spotted them while hiking and started drawing them at age 8. At age 14, Azi painted on her clothing and made her own hand-painted tops and dresses. Her passion for design grew as Azi studied Fine Arts for her undergraduate years during which she painted over 200 unique paintings and textile designs.
After her undergraduate Azi’s curiosity about Emergent Behavior in Wildlife, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics led her to study MS in Computer Science, PhD in systems engineering, and a career in technology with focus in program management for large scale innovative autonomous systems programs.
After completing her PhD, Azi combined her passions for fashion, art, and wildlife by creating FashWand LLC in 2016. Shortly after that, Azi launched The Wildlife Jewels® Collection, a collection of luxury wearable fine art embellished with striking Wildlife paintings where each Wildlife represents a unique gemstone. The Wildlife Jewels collection is dedicated to sharing the majestic beauty of wildlife while helping to protect endangered species.