Meet Emir Bahadir Entrepreneur, and Professional Jetsetter
“Real Estate Mogul and Entrepreneur, Emir Bahadir” sat down with me to talk about what he has been up to lately. The 25-year-old property magnate and heir to a four-decade old Turkish real estate empire has a natural eye for luxury and is extremely passionate about design and style.Emir has an incredible collection of runway and vintage designer pieces. He is constantly traveling the world and his sense of style is educated by his year-round jet setting.
Emir Bahadir is a 5th generation real estate developer dubbed “Turkish Royalty” by the Daily Mail, Emir came to New York to open up Bahadiring Realty and has since expanded the business to encompass brokerage and development. Emir’s family is infamously private and Emir seized the moment to open up about his daily life and what’s it like to be a Rich Kid of Instagram on the come up.
• What was your first memory of fashion?
Fashion and style have always been extremely important to my mother, so growing up I was always exposed to it. I can’t say I have a first memory because there was always an emphasis on being well dressed. Even looking at pictures from my childhood, you can tell my mom always paid attention to what I was wearing, from my loafers to my belt, everything was always coordinated! I believe that being taught the importance of good taste and style from a young age only helps develop your eye as you get older. In my family’s social circle, everyone admires the way my mother dresses. Her classic style definitely had an impact on how I like to dress now.
- What grooming secrets did you learn from your dad?
My dad showed me how to use a razor to shave for the first time. Grooming is a huge part of the culture for Turkish men and we have a very specific way of doing things, so most of the time I prefer to go to a professional. I love an old fashioned, straight razor shave.
- What style secrets did you learn from your dad?
In my family, my father is rather simple when it comes to fashion compared to my mother, brother, and myself. I learned most of my style secrets from my mom. She taught me to always buy good quality, timeless pieces that I can keep forever. Clothes are meant to be elegant yet comfortable, and this is something I always keep in mind while shopping.
- Who are you favorite models walking the catwalk right now?
I love Bella Hadid. She has a unique look and I love seeing young, hard working people like myself achieve as much success as she has!
- What was the best advice you got from your mom or dad?
The best advice my father ever gave me is that life is full of opportunities and when you truly believe in something, perseverance becomes your secret weapon. Whenever I am passionate about something, I never give up in pursuing it, no matter what stands in my way. Anything you believe in is always worth the obstacles.
- What is your signature feature?
In terms of style, I think my signature feature is my boldness. I always like to stand out and wear eclectic, exciting pieces. Style is a form of personal expression and I love to experiment and push the envelope with what I wear. It makes everyday life way more fun and picking out outfits becomes something I look forward to.
- Snapchat or Instagram Stories?
Instagram stories! Instagram is my favorite social media platform and I’m always sharing what I am up to with my followers. And of course, I always include #bahadiring in my posts!
Emir Bahadir on dating
- What do you think of dating apps?
Of course, I was a hopeless romantic once and believed in dating apps like Tinder. After using it for few months, I realized it really wasn’t for me. I enjoy that feeling of excitement when you first see someone you like in person, I don’t feel the same seeing them on my phone. I wish the apps worked for me though, maybe I wouldn’t be single!
- Single or in a relationship?
“Dating and Style with Emir”
- What annoys you about dating these days?
Getting to know a new person can be difficult for me, with my busy schedule, I’m never in the same place for too long. If I meet someone and it’s a match, the ideal case would be to skip the dating phase and go straight into the relationship. I know that may be unconventional in this day and age, but I guess I’m more old school when it comes to these things. The dating process in the United States is much different than it is in Europe. In Turkey, for example, dating isn’t defined as seeing multiple people casually like it is here, so it’s definitely an adjustment for me! I find it very dishonest to have romantic dinners with different girls every night.
- What is the first date like with Emir Bahadir?
As with everything else in life, I don’t like anything average. That being said, I love to go above and beyond for a date based on what I know the person likes. Obviously, it all boils down to your connection with your date, so I always make sure to be attentive and have great conversation. Dates are always either so much fun that you don’t want them to end or the other way around. I try my best to keep it exciting, even if it doesn’t work out, I want the person to enjoy themselves and be comfortable. The older I get, however, I become pickier with who I want to take out.
- Who is your favorite designer/brand to wear?
Balmain is definitely my favorite designer at the moment. Everything they make is timeless and amazing quality, but still contemporary and stylish. I always go for a sophisticated look and Balmain achieves that while still being comfortable. Another favorite of mine is Dolce and Gabbana. The details are always amazing and their clothes always fit impeccably. I love taking risks when it comes to fashion, so Dolce and Balmain fit that criteria perfectly.
- What is your must have on the road grooming product?
The Jetset face mask and eye patches that I recently collaborated with ApoTcare on. You only have to wear them for 15 minutes and the results are noticeable right away. They’re great for traveling because they’re quick, single use and very efficient.
- What are you up to when you’re not working?
Traveling is my passion so when I’m not working, I’m always on the go. I grew up in Turkey and went to a Swiss school with all international students. Constantly being around different cultures created a love of travel and learning as much as I can about all the places I visit. I also love working out, no matter where I am, I always wake up at 6 AM and go for a run.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself growing with the new businesses I launch. I love creating and developing products and services that people need and appreciate. With social media, I feel in tune to what my followers are interested in and what they want. I’m always learning from them and I definitely see my businesses growing in tune with my followers’ interests. I strive to be a flexible and understanding entrepreneur; I think that is definitely the key to being successful in the long term. I want to still be changing and adapting to the world around me.
- What entrepreneur do you look up to?
I look up to Richard Branson because he isn’t focused on one single industry, like myself. I love real estate, fashion, entertainment, and traveling and my goal in life is to create products and services that are successful in all of these categories. I can relate easily to Richard Branson in that sense – he’s able to execute his visions in so many different fields and I aspire to be the same. I was lucky enough to participate in a conference called Istanbul Talks with Mr. Branson two years ago. I gave a speech about being a young entrepreneur and it was an incredible opportunity to be able to present my ideas and have him hear what I have to say.
- What would you change about the world today?
If I could change one thing about the world, I would want people from all nations to be able to live together peacefully. Growing up in an international environment and coming from Turkey, I have learned so much about different cultures and countries and have always respected people no matter their beliefs and traditions. I have seen how difficult it can be for people living in countries that are not politically stable to live in harmony together and I would love to be able to change the perception of superiority, so everyone would feel equal and exist peacefully regardless of where and how they live. It’s important to not take history for granted and remember what happened in the generations before us, but to keep in mind that we always need to modernize, evolve, and make the world a better place.
- What are you listening to right now? Music?
I love “And The Waltz Goes On” composed by Anthony Hopkins. Growing up, my parents took me and my brother to the New Years Eve concert in Vienna for many years, thus classical music has become a major part of my life today. Whenever I want to relax or think about new ideas and my future, my favorite thing to do is to blast classical music at my house and close my eyes to my thoughts. It helps me focus and unwind, and always brings me back to my childhood.
- What can’t you live without?
I can’t even think about life without my cell phone. As cliché as it sounds, today I can run my business, stay connected with friends and family, and keep myself organized and productive all from my phone. With the evolving technology, our cell phones are becoming more and more important in our daily lives and I can’t imagine being able to function without it, I’m sure everyone can agree.
- Where are the ideal places to live/vacation/escape to in the world?
My ideal place to live is New York City. There is no better place if you’re in the real estate business or if you are an entrepreneur, in general. The energy of the city is incredible and it always motivates me. I love Greece for vacations, the food is amazing, the scenery is beautiful, and the people are all full of life and ready to have a good time. I always feel totally relaxed after a trip to Greece. When I feel I need to unplug and escape, nothing is like Istanbul. It will always be my home and where my family is located and they provide the perfect escape from daily life.
- Vanilla, chocolate or strawberry?
Vanilla! Even though I may seem like a chocolate guy, anyone who really knows me will tell you vanilla is always my number one choice.
- What scent are you wearing at the moment?
At the moment, I am wearing Molecule, which smells different on everyone. It only has one base scent and when combined with your own natural scent, it creates something different for everyone that wears it. I like unique products that may be new to some people, it’s always a conversation starter and Molecule’s scent is always attracting attention! Having a signature smell that can’t be recreated is definitely special.
If he’s your cup of tea follow him on Instagram. With a following of 500,000+ on his verified Instagram account, @emirbahadir, Emir Bahadir has created his own category of luxury lifestyle by chronicling his over-the-top jet-setting escapades using the popular hashtag #bahadiring. In 2016, Emir starred in the upcoming docu-series show called Rich Kids of Instagram and he is working on a new documentary for the French network M6 in Paris.
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Full Name: Emir Bahadir
Where from Istanbul, Turkey
Social Media: @emirbahadir
City Based In New York City