Joanna Laura Constantine
The wild and whimsical creations of Joanna Laura Constantine, one of Beirut’s best-known jewellery designers, adorn such celebrities as Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba, and regularly grace the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and, of course, Asia Tatler. The 36-year-old Lebanese American launched her eponymous brand in New York in 2008 after studying fashion at Parsons School of Design. When Joanna returned to Beirut after graduating to set up her studio, she began to develop designs inspired by the sights and sounds of the Middle East. One of her early collections was titled Byblos after the ancient city in Lebanon, and another, Petra, was inspired by the famous ruins in Jordan. Ten years on and her mood boards continue to reflect her life in Beirut but now have a more urban aesthetic. Last year’s edgy industrial collection, Organised Chaos, saw chokers and cuffs designed using metal nuts and bolts, while the playfully cool Urban Chic range was influenced by streetwear. Joanna is married to Lebanese entrepreneur Karim Tabet and the couple live in the hip Achrafieh neighbourhood. Here she recommends her favourite places to work, rest and play.