Following the debut of Savoir Flair’s #BestofBeirut series, this installment offers an inside look at what goes on behind the seams at the atelier of couturier and bridalwear designer Krikor Jabotian.
Of Armenian origins, Jabotian got his design education at ESMOD Beirut. Shortly after he graduated, the designer started working in the creative department at Elie Saab, where he developed an appreciation for intricate embroidery and delicate details. After this stint, Jabotian was brought onboard at Starch, a non-profit organization founded by Rabih Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar, and soon created and developed his eponymous brand, which eventually turned into a thriving, family-run business.
The atelier is tucked away in Ashrafieh, one of the oldest districts in Beirut, where Savoir Flair was given access to his beautiful and vibrant workspace. Speaking to us exclusively, the designer shares, “What I enjoy doing most in the office are our weekly meetings, during which we get to discuss our improvements and brainstorm ideas for what’s happening during that period.” Sharing snippets of his typical day at work, he adds, “The first thing I do when I get to the office is drink my morning coffee and let my team know that I have arrived and am available if anyone needs anything. The last thing I do is put on my gym clothes since I go there directly after working hours.”
Scroll through for an exclusive virtual tour of Krikor Jabotian’s atelier.
Photographer Ieva Saudargaite Photo Editor Maya Itani
“Some of the personal things I collect. The postcard depicts a collaboration between designer Omar Joseph and photographer Tarek Moukaddem.”
“Pomegranates are a symbol of Armenia. These are the pomegranate figurines that I’ve collected from different cities. The first is from Palestine, the second from Armenia, and the third from Istanbul.”