Consumers are becoming more conscious of the environment — Sally Sarieddine
to be constructive in everything that you do.”
A huge advocate for conscious fashion, Sally designs handbags that are locally handcrafted in Lebanon and as sustainable as they can get. Prior to being a designer, Sally dabbled in theatre, public relations and marketing. But it was after she signed up for a fashion design course in London that she realised what she really wanted was to create art that ‘ embodied her personal message to the world’.
“I commit to being ethical and sustainable and want to allow conscious customers to shop with peace of mind,” she explains. “I use locally- sourced materials, less chemicals and reused and recycled materials wherever possible.”
Lalaqueen’s handbags are assembled by local Lebanese artisans who operate in healthy working conditions and all packaging for the bags is made from recycled materials only. Sally also believes that true elegance has no age, and this can be seen as the theme of her shoots that refreshingly shifts away from the norm to feature a striking older model as well. It is all part of her aim to be conscious and give back to the community, and consumers are taking notice. In fact, even celebrities like Amal Clooney have been seen sporting Lalaqueen handbags.
“Consumers are becoming more conscious of the environment,” says Sally. “They want to take part in contributing to the greater good BAGGING NEW TRENDS: Lebanese handbag brand Lalaqueen features both young and old models, as fashion is timeless; designer Sally Sarieddine — even if that means simply supporting brands that do so.”
She is not wrong. As consumers start to sit up and take notice, big brands are following their lead. Case in point, Nike, which was once universally criticised for its use of sweatshops, now includes sustainability as a part of the innovation process. The factories have been inspected by independent third parties and come up clean, and they have even pledged to go ‘ toxic- free’ by 2020. Another example is H& M. At a time when most high- street brands are under fire for creating heavy amounts of waste and exploiting workers, H& M released its conscious collection. It looks like more and more brands are realising that the key to success is treating the environment — and their workforce — with a little more respect.
“Being ethical is about helping the community that has given you so much,” says Ayah Tabari, a Dubai- based designer and founder of Mochi. Named after cobblers who developed the art of embroidery in Gujarat, Mochi focuses on bright pieces of clothing and accessories that are handcrafted by local artisans — and for every new collection, Ayah travels to a different destination to design a line that
NATURAL IS BEAUTIFUL : Designs from Mochi’s African collection; designer Ayah Tabari whose collections give locals fair wages and employment
vintage pastel earrings by parfois DH59 2 top from Desigual DH209 3 printed scarf from promod DH149 koton tan satchel bag DH99 5 striped smock from stradivarius 6 ‘ handa’ clutch wallet from ecco DH749 7 promod bohemian patterned blouse DH199 8 casual dress from m& s 9 asymmetrical dress from 10 cropped frayed hem skinny jeans by tory burch 11 knitted short sleeve t- shirt from 12 taupe suede booties by steve madden DH439 13 metallic platform brogues from
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