The complexion that comes courtesy of Irish heritage didn’t stop Kerry from packing her bags and moving from London to the Middle East in 2013, where she is now editor-inchief of Stylist Arabia in Dubai. She enjoys exploring the region, occasionally dabbling in water sports and cheap cabs, though she is nostalgic for BBC Breakfast, Pret-à-manger, and walking further than 200 metres at a time. For Bespoke, she sat with Faiza Bouguessa, the young French-algerian designer intent on reinventing the abaya from her Dubai atelier. It was with that Sara moved to Paris. Her goal? To seek out the luxury goods’ Zeitgeist and analyse why people spend so irrationally on luxury. As a result, she has made a living by writing about the city’s craftsmanship traditions and everything. She still doesn’t have an answer to her question but when she’s not a hired scribe, she’s developing a thesis on the modern dandy. Here, Sara tells us about how the venerable Institut du Monde Arabe came into being by talking to its current President, who was there from the start.