Born in Morocco, designer Laila Azhar first moved to the United States with her family at the age of five. She spent her childhood traveling between Morocco and Washington, D.C., before finally moving to Canada to attend McGill University in Montreal.
After earning a Bachelors degree in Biology, Laila opted to change course and to pursue her life long dream of becoming a fashion designer. She enrolled at Parsons the New School for Design, and after working as a designer in New York for several years, she launched the label Laila Azhar in 2006 followed by the label ASTRID in 2013.
Inspired by the ever-changing visual landscape of New York, Laila creates ASTRID as a collection of unique, easy to wear modern pieces that blend femininity with a utilitarian twist. Each garment juxtaposes contrasting textures and fabrics to achieve the perfect balance of sophistication and nonchalance.