Bespoke - - FASHION SHOOT -

The Mid­dle East’s only fash­ion foun­da­tion was started in 2008 by Rabih Kay­rouz and Tala Ha­j­jar, to help emerg­ing de­sign­ers learn how to run a busi­ness and ac­quire the skills needed to make it suc­cess­ful. Turn to p.82. When we de­cided to delve into a sup­ple­ment on phi­lan­thropy, we quickly re­alised that we had stepped onto an end­less field of causes rang­ing from sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment to erad­i­cat­ing global poverty and so we had to find a way of nar­row­ing down our fo­cus. In the end, we found the best way to de­limit this ocean of benef­i­cence was to look at it all through the lens of lux­ury life­style – in other words, de­signer brands that were ei­ther de­vel­op­ing their own foun­da­tions or fos­ter­ing un­usual col­lab­o­ra­tions in or­der to help make the world a bet­ter place. Dur­ing our jour­ney of dis­cov­ery, we came across a re­port by Bar­clays Wealth, which stated that the hu­man race is on the cusp of a global age of phi­lan­thro­phy, helped to a large ex­tent by a new wave of Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CSR), as well as the deep pock­ets of the lux­ury in­dus­try. This ac­tu­ally helped us hone our se­lec­tion even fur­ther, as we didn’t want to get bogged down by the lux­ury in­dus­try’s CSR prac­tices. Fi­nally, our last fil­ter was hav­ing to re­move a few com­mend­able sto­ries that we had al­ready run them in the past. We apol­o­gise about that – you know who you are. With­out fur­ther ado, we present our sup­ple­ment and re­mem­ber, no one has ever be­come poor from giv­ing.

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