Brooklyn-based Bahar Shahpar is a self-taught designer with a diverse creative background in multimedia event production, fashion, and publishing. Previously, she owned an art gallery and designed custom accessories in London and New York. In 2005, after extensive research on the history of American agricultural systems and the textile industry, she debuted her womenswear line, agricult, inspired by the American frontier and created using only sustainable materials.

Two years ago, Bahar launched her eponymous label, focusing on a more modern, less structured form while still drawing from vintage tailoring and an Edwardian aesthetic. Currently about to launch her third collection for S/S 2008, she also is co-owner of The Four Hundred, a new sales showroom and brand development agency focusing on high-end, fashion-forward sustainable design companies.