Win­ter Storm: Jean Louis Sabaji at Le Flo­con Ar­ti­san Glacier

Jean Louis Sabaji

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Sabaji’s passion for de­sign be­gan in child­hood, ex­plor­ing the ate­lier of his father (the de­signer to the Saudi royal fam­ily). With op­u­lence and crafts­man­ship en­grained in his psy­che early on, it was in many ways his destiny to con­tinue his father’s legacy, in his own right. Fol­low­ing his grad­u­a­tion from the Le­banese Amer­i­can Univer­sity in 2009, Sabaji's mo­ti­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity led him to Mi­lan Do­mus Academy, where he earned a Masters de­gree in fash­ion de­sign. Soon af­ter, he be­gan carv­ing out his own path in the world of cou­ture at the same ate­lier that housed his father's re­gal cre­ations.

Since na­ture has al­ways been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for Sabaji, when tasked with de­sign­ing an ed­i­ble piece of art for Salon du Cho­co­lat Beirut, he nat­u­rally leaned to­wards cre­at­ing a white win­ter for­est with snow­blan­keted branches. Chef Azar, who has been cre­at­ing iced sen­sa­tions for the glacier, took to the idea and de­signed a vanilla and rasp­berry iced vacherin with the fi­nal dress in mind. As we dove into the pris­tine dessert, Sabaji shared a few thoughts on his in­spi­ra­tions in life, from art to beauty and, of course, food. ..

What led you to be­come a fash­ion de­signer? I grew up in my father’s fash­ion house and was raised around fab­rics. This de­vel­oped a passion in me for the in­dus­try at a very young age. What is your in­spi­ra­tion for the dress you will cre­ate for Salon Du Cho­co­lat? This year’s theme is ‘Win­ter Won­der­land’ and the first thing that popped into my mind was a snowy for­est. What was the idea be­hind the dress you de­signed for Salon Du Cho­co­lat Beirut? I wanted to push my­self to new lim­its and do some­thing that’s never been done be­fore. The idea was to cre­ate branches with choco­late and adapt them on a wear­able dress. De­scribe your work process...

I al­ways start with a mood board then I pick the fab­rics along with the col­ors. Af­ter that comes the sketch­ing phase where my whole team and I sketch around 100 looks, be­fore nar­row­ing it down to the fi­nal de­signs. Then we start with the pro­duc­tion process. What has been the in­spi­ra­tion for your col­lec­tions so far? My big­gest in­spi­ra­tion is Mother Na­ture. I’m fas­ci­nated by all the el­e­ments; the land­scapes, the an­i­mals, the in­sects and all that they of­fer. My lat­est col­lec­tion is in­spired by rep­tiles and the va­ri­ety of their pat­terns. Do you have a muse? Ev­ery wo­man who is dar­ing is my muse. What kind of wo­man wears Jean Louis Sabaji? A wo­man who wants to stand out. Are you a dreamer or a re­al­ist? Def­i­nitely a dreamer. What’s been your great­est achieve­ment so far? Be­ing the first de­signer in the Mid­dle East to win the Swarovski Col­lec­tive prize. What is your dream in life? To take my brand as big as it can get. What is the con­nec­tion be­tween food and fash­ion? Cre­ation and in­no­va­tion Do you cook and if so what and how of­ten? I only cook when I have to, but It’s usu­ally very good be­cause I fol­low on­line recipes. It’s ei­ther sal­ads or meat or salmon. What is your fa­vorite cui­sine? Ital­ian cui­sine. What is your fa­vorite Le­banese dish? Kebbeh bel San­niye. What is your fa­vorite type of choco­late? Milk choco­late. home Beirut is my...

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