Kerry Mcder­mott


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.

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