Beirut Designer’s Week - creativity meets craftiness
A$er an astounding success during its !rst and second editions Beirut Designers’ Week by GATA Events & Promotions made its way back to Zaitunay Bay to amaze crowds for its third consecutive year. Beirut Designers’ Week 2015 is the biggest edition yet of the highly anticipated exhibition with up to 100 designers participating from all area of expertises including established brands and a great selection of all-new national labels, proving once again that it has become the ideal platform for up-and-coming talented designers. "rough this artloving atmosphere, these endowed artisans gather to create and exhibit their unique treasures.
Kanzaman “Art & Crafts” by Joumana Uhlemann
Kanzaman is where ritual is revived in a modern way. All bits and pieces are hand-made by the top artisans. !e mission is to uphold and praise traditional craftsmanship and hinder it from fading. Kanzaman aims to support the talented women in their households and to o"er the clients unique hand-made pieces designed with the love of our heritage and the spirit of today’s trends. In the concept boutique, you #nd a wide range of products: furniture, fashion, hand- blown glass, hammered brass and silver, tablecloth, tableware, jewelry, and paintings. For those who favor all things personalized, the boutique o"ers tailored objects for special ceremonies and bespoke projects.
Casa del Fouta
Casa del Fouta was created in 2015, by a group of talented Lebanese designers. !ey o"er you a wide variety of exclusive handmade accessories and a selection of authentic Tunisian tablecloths to suit every taste and ceremony. Casa del Fouta also tailors beach and evening tunics, straw bags, travel kits and other essentials made to adorn your leisure hours.
The Twist by Danya Jabre
Launched in December 2014, !e Twist is all about creativity and playfulness. Updated to suit your mood and current craze, these little trinkets speak for themselves! Designer Danya Jabre was proud to present #rst her emoticons-inspired collection in two colors: one silver-plated and another gold-plated. Get your hands on these little charms as they portray your personality and good-humored traits magically.
Dee Cool stuff by Dee Hage-chahine
Dee Cool Stu" is made for those who constantly seek change and variety in life. “Conservative” is a word that is probably never used to describe them, for they are often known to be daring and adventurous.. It is not an age-range, nor a social class; it is for the bold teenagers and the young adults who believe in individuality. Dea Hage-chahine’s brand gained popularity on social media a couple of years ago, simply as a response to a personal need of cool and hype products that are di"erent from the rest of the market. !e results turned out to be amazing and fast became a"ordable yet of high quality must-have garbs, accessories and jewelry . In addition, the brand launched a special edition of bracelets in partnership with Live Love Beirut.
Mellow by Guilda Khoury
Located in the heart of Mar Mikhael, Mellow o"ers a wide selection of handmade organic soaps, towels, and home products carefully selected to suit all your needs and desires. !e goods are hand crafted by passionate designers and artisans. Mellow also caters special ceremonies with trendsetting ideas for gifts and giveaways. Driven by the desire to create something of her own, Mellow, the brainchild of Guilda Khoury, was born on a
soul-searching trip when she randomly came across organic cotton and fell in love with its feel. Back in Beirut, Guilda launched her brand of organic cotton home accessories, and a colorful explosion of soft happiness spread across town. Spreading a hint of comfortless and joy is her passion, therefore nothing makes it easier for the designer than to brainstorm for gift ideas, whether it be putting together soaps and towels for someone’s bathroom, or designing custom-made party trinkets for children’s birthdays.
Margherita by Ghita Abi-hanna
Self-named brand Margherita strives to create unique, bold designs, for the most part carefully hand-crafted by Lebanese artisans. Margherita’s designs incorporate architectural lines through di"erent material, o"ering handmade, timeless items. !e company’s fashion forward approach targets a trend-setting customer; courageous enough to stand out and wear bold statement pieces. Her debut collection was selected for the 2010-2011 season of Starch, a foundation and boutique, which aims to promote young designers, founded by Lebanese fashion designer Rabih Kayrouz. Margherita was also a #nalist in
The Lucky Accessories Brand by Leïa Khalaf
!e Lucky Accessories Brand. Leïa K. is, just like the face behind the brand, a mélange of cultures, with the #nest materials carefully curated around the World. It is not a particular style; it is a mix and match of very di"erent creations with a special attention to detail. Each accessory has a Lucky Four Leaf Clover. !e designer crafts each piece with inspired by her personal experiences before presenting to the world. In 2015, the designer launched a new line to her collection: Pure Gold Jewels.
Established in 2013, Lina brax is a luxury brand conceptualized and crafted in Lebanon. !e designer Lina Brax was born in Beirut and grew up there till age 21 when she left to Paris to pursue her studies at L’ecole Supérieure de Commerce, then started working at Kraft Foods, and stayed till she obtained the French citizenship. the ITS 2012 Jewelry competition held in collaboration with Swarovski in Trieste. Her most recent exhibitions include the Capsule Show during Berlin Fashion Week 2014 and Origin Fair, organized by Not Just A Label in Vicenza.
Being a child at heart, Joumana Dagher’s childhood magic and memories will forever remain her inspiration when it comes to blending playfulness comfort and imagination. To this end, the designer created an array of bits and pieces to suit all functionalities from pillows, beanbags, beach bags to pencil cases and doorstops. Made from high-quality blackout fabric, these items are quite versatile, resistant, and easily cleaned, and can be used indoors and outdoors. Every piece of these collections is unique. Cushions can also be customized with your drawings and photos. Her passion and love for comics, illustrations and pop art is apparent in each piece.
Her love for creation, Art and fashion was nurtured by four years of intensive professional painting courses during which she did many vernissages to exhibit her work both in Paris and Beirut. It all started with a yearning to carry a python bag, the one that she had pictured herself. So, instead of simply shopping for one, she bought the python skin then scouted a factory out to produce her own! Lina Braxthe Brand was thus born in Beirut, just after she decided to return in 2012 and spend the rest of her life creating for herself and other women out there. !e Lucky
Mojo Beach by Mariana Jammal Bassatne
Launched in 2014 and already in its second season, Mojo Beach is designed by Mariana Jammal Bassatne. Her unique creations of beautiful resort and beach wear are inspired by her extensive travels to international destinations and glamorous spots around the globe. Keeping the e"ortless taste and style of the jet setting woman in mind, the Mojo Beach collection is based around the most luxurious
MAK Couture by Maria Gulbenk Kassabian
Established in 2010, MAK Couture by Maria Gulbenk Kassabian is an original brand of home accessories with hip and original Plexiglas products. !e brand also o"ers matchless handbags, tracksuits, beach bags and towels. Colorful, fresh and most of all feminine, every MAK Couture design re$ects the playfulness, the glamour, and the optimism traits of the Lebanese woman.
em|me by Marie Carmen Fallaha
An avid painter, Marie Carmen Fallaha, originally from Mexico, settled in Lebanon in 1994. She happily su"ers a life-long infatuation for colors and hues. Driven by the joy and rush of creating designs, she draws her inspiration from everyday life, and more particularly, from every woman’s basic need to feel pretty and comfortable. A collection from em|me consists of an extensive variety of shoes, apparel, handbags and a unique selection of stylish seasonal accessories. em|me is modern, feminine, fresh and trendy. As a malleable expression of fashion trends, em|me is suitable for women of all ages seeking distinctive looks and distinguished comfort. !e collections, always original, comfortable and versatile, are designed for the workingwoman, for the fulltime mother, for the studious teenager or the rebellious adolescent, and for women with active lifestyles everywhere. Put more simply, em|me o"ers a modern line dedicated to all women.
Oumnia by Nivine Maktabi
Following the footsteps of her father and for the love of tradition and carpets, Nivine Maktabi followed the footsteps of her late father Mohamed and his love to carpets. Since 2006, Oumnia by Nivine Maktabi, an Oriental store with a modern twist and n alluring bond of the Orient and the East, showcases the best of the textile craftsmanship. !e boutique stocks Cashmere & Pashmina shawls, fun & decorative hand knotted Carpets & mixed media wall-hanging from Iran, Turkey and the Orient. !e “Knot by Knot” Carpets selection, the Needle work “Suzani” Textile Art, the Delicate Shawls that Nivine Maktabi passionately and personally collects and designs, form a fun, colorful and decorative combination.
Nada Talhame’s philosophy is simple: focusing on what’s unique and searching for the exceptional balance between couture, service and quality. An “up-to-date and more” collection, her ready-to-wear line embraces glamour and functionality to create clothing for today’s modern woman. With their contemporary edge, these progressive styles embody individuality and innermost self-expression. Nada creates everyday basics reconciling elegance with sensuality. !e result is a collection of ageless garments that will rock you for years on end. On May 7th, 2015, Nada Talhame celebrates 10 years of the launch of her brand with the special theme: “Time to Sail”.