Joanna Laura Con­stan­tine

Indonesia Tatler - - Life -

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.

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