In a city where retail is king, and nearly everyone claims to be either the best, the biggest, or the best and the biggest, shopping options can be overwhelming. However, there is one Dubai-based boutique that has stood the test of time, and its name is The Cartel. In fact, we’ve been fans of it since its early Al Quoz days. For diehard fashion fans, The Cartel is the place to pick up some of the hardest-to-find, cultiest brands on the planet, like Dawei’s, Salar Milano, Henrik Vibskov, and Damowang. Avant-garde fashion, imaginative silhouettes, and statement-making accessories are the The Cartel’s bread-and-butter.
We’re not the only ones who’ve noticed The Cartel’s unique appeal. Recently, the Dubai-based boutique was named by the Financial Times: How to Spend It as one of the 11 best fashion boutiques in the world alongside the likes of Ssense, Holly Golightly, and Thanx God I’m a VIP.
The Cartel’s owner May Barber described her business to the Financial Times, saying, “The Cartel is a creative house, gallery, and design studio as well as an incubator for fashion start-ups and, of course, a multi-brand boutique.” While the boutique can help you end the hunt for some of the coolest under-the-radar brands around, it’s more than just a multi-brand fashion emporium. Operating as a gallery and creative design studio means the visual layout of The Cartel invites constant discovery.
In a statement, Barber detailed what it felt like to be lauded with global recognition, saying, “In such challenging times, this mention comes as a refreshing reminder of our hard work, creativity, and passion here in The Cartel.”
No longer in Al Quoz, The Cartel can now be visited at its location in d3, Building 9, Showroom 105. Alternatively, you can shop online at www.TheCartel.ae.