In this photo diary shared exclusively with Savoir Flair, one of the region’s most promising talents, Sharjah-based fashion designer Reema Al Banna of Reemami, takes us through a typical day in her life. Follow Al Banna as she focuses on her craft, squeezes in some “me” time for recreation and fitness, and juggles quality time with friends and family.
I wake up and have breakfast: 3 egg whites, honey, labneh, and zaatar with toasted brown bread. I get excited about the honey because we have a small bee farm on our roof. My dad is a bee keeper and I like to help him out when the honey is ready.
I get dressed and head to the office. I start my day by writing my to-do list and responding to all my e-mails. This takes me almost two hours and, in between e-mails, I check our sampling room, work and try on items in production, and alter a few pieces. I have to make sure everyone is on schedule before I dive into sketching and conceptualizing. I also never sit still; I’m always looking for fabrics in stock and need to re-organize my rolls today.
Today is a sketching day. Here’s a picture of last season’s Spring/Summer 2017 sketches all laid out on my table. It can get pretty messy when I’m designing. I’m always involved in the pattern cutting, and the lines and curves always have to go through me before proceeding.
I have to step out for a quick factory visit. We’re working on the production of my Spring/Summer 2017 ‘Climbing’ collection, which was inspired by climbing mountains and reaching your summit. It’s also on my bucket list to climb one of the seven summits. I’ve been training for it for years!
At the factory, I have to pick the right color threads, check the embroidery sample that I gave in yesterday, and explain the new designs to the team.
Back to the office. My days are never the same. Today, I’m shooting flat products for Instagram.
I’m so lucky to live near my office and my family often drops by, which I love. Today, my mom and nephew stopped by and dropped off some vine leaves and salad for lunch.
I like to keep my meetings for later on in the day, so my afternoons are usually pretty busy. I’m working on an exciting collaboration for Fall/Winter 2017, which is the topic of today’s meetings. Stay tuned for the big reveal!
At the end of the day, I have to stop by the office again to make sure everything is going according to plan. I also have a few orders to send clients, so I write personal notes and head out to Aramex.
Finally some “me” time. I head to my climbing session at the Wafi pyramids, which will be followed by a gym session and some rope jumping. I’m obsessed with jumping ropes and just about to start working on my double unders.
I’m excited to visit Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation. She lived in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo and sees dots, which she translates into her art. Her patterns are amazing. My bestie and childhood friend, Nawar Al Qasimi (who directs the art foundation’s public relations and community outreach), gives me a tour of the space while we catch up.
At the end of a long day, I spend some time with my parents before doing a bit of reading, checking my social media, and getting to work on planning my next trip.