My MUSE | Komal Nash
Olivia here, to introduce you to this week’s MyMUSE: the passionate driven and enviably creative, Komal Nash.
A powerhouse in the world of in-house legal, and a big fan of all things music, Komal landed her dream job as sole legal counsel for Serato (an internationally renowned DJ production company), before landing her next dream job with Fisher and Paykel Appliances. Currently on maternity leave with her second child, Komal still finds time to be brilliantly creative, putting her talents to good use as a food and travel writer for some of NZ’s most notable publications.
A much-loved friend of MUSE, Komal epitomises what it means to be a muse. Chic and timeless, with a penchant for bold statements. Warm and engaging, with a beautiful outlook on life. Intelligent and ambitious, with an appreciation for life’s simple pleasures – family, friends and tomato on toast. She’s stunning, she’s stylish, and we couldn’t adore her more.
I sat down with Komal to talk about quiet luxury, belated honeymoons and rediscovering your style in motherhood.
Komal, hello! You’ve had such a varied and interesting career so far – can you tell us a bit about it?
I’ve worked as an in-house lawyer for over five years now, after working in private practice for a few years. My passion for music led me to land my dream job leading the legal function at a DJ and music production software company called Serato, which is used by incredible artists like DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak and Erykah Badu! Then an opportunity as legal counsel arose at a company whose name is commonplace in all kiwi households, Fisher and Paykel Appliances, a place I’ve always wanted to work, and I couldn’t say no. So, here I am.
I hear you write creatively as well – what kind of writing do you do, and where can we find it?
Travel and food are two of my greatest loves, so writing about it comes naturally to me. In the past I’ve reviewed restaurants for Concrete Playground and done travel write ups for the Denizen Navigator. Most recently I’ve been writing for Broadsheet NZ. To review new restaurants for such a stellar publication that I’ve followed for so many years, especially while I lived in Melbourne, it truly has been one of those ‘pinch me’ opportunities.
What does a day in the life of Komal currently look like?
I’m currently on maternity leave with my four-month-old daughter, so my days consist of getting my toddler to day-care, then getting coffee and maybe a sneaky tomato-on-toast breakfast at my local cafe Duo in Birkenhead. A few times a week I’ll head to a mums and bubs Pilates or HIT class at Playground Fitness. Last time I was on maternity leave we were in lockdown, so it’s a completely different experience this time around. I’ve met a bunch of incredible mums, so we try to squeeze in an afternoon catch up when we can. And lastly on the agenda, I take our two English Staffies, Raf and Marni, for a trot around the block.
Tell me about your personal style. Has it changed since becoming a mum?
I can’t say I have a ‘signature style’, but if I was to describe it in a few words I’d say elevated casual chic would be what I’m going for. My personal style has changed dramatically to suit my new body after having my two beautiful babies and I’m honestly still learning what suits me, but I’m leaning into quiet luxury and investing in more timeless pieces. Oversized silhouettes, layers and I love a good accessory. I love dressing for events and planning my outfits well in advance, and I never shy away from making a statement (which has probably led to many a faux pas in the past!)
If your house was on fire and you could only save one item from your wardrobe, what would it be?
That’s such a hard one, but probably my yellow Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton Neverfull that I got in their first collaboration in 2012. It’s such an iconic and fun piece and she’s been one of my favourite artists for over a decade.
What are you looking forward to in 2024?
My husband and I never got to go on our honeymoon because of Covid and then having kids, so I’m looking forward to a Euro trip with him! We’ve got a few trips planned to Fiji and Australia with the girls too, so just making more memories as a little family.
What’s currently on your MUSE wishlist?
I dream of the Khaite Elena bag and think I need it in my bag repertoire (the chicest mom bag of all time?) I just took the plunge on the Tibi Sid Jean so now obviously I want them in every colourway, including the chino pant version. Also, I’m obsessed with the Tibi Winslow sweatpants, they’re a similar silhouette to the Sid but a fleece version!