Lebanese accessories designer Nathalie Trad is the 27-year-old mastermind behind her namesake brand, which launched in Dubai last April. In less than a year, Trad has achieved international success, with some of the biggest luxury stores carrying her designs in New York, London, Dubai, Doha, Riyadh, Mumbai, and beyond. Most recognized for her geometric art- and nature-inspired clutches, Trad’s breathtaking designs are handmade using the finest shell and resin materials from the Philippines.
Her line of covetable clutches and necklaces won us over last year, and now Nathalie Trad grants Savoir Flair an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into her preparations for Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week. Here, she takes us on a virtual tour of the atelier where her clutches are made, and shares with us the inspirations and sketches of her upcoming collection.
Click through the gallery above for an exclusive look at the photo diary that chronicles Trad’s work in Dubai and her travels to the Philippines and Istanbul.
Enjoying a day off in Dubai, taking in the desert sky before a whirlwind trip!
Made it to the Philippines and putting the final touches to my sketches before going into the prototyping phase.
Making some last-minute changes to my choice of shells. It’s always so hard to choose.
At the workshop working with some new material. I’m introducing cinnamon wood next season.
The puzzle of getting it right. Here is ‘Reindhart’ in the making.
Working with the artisans on new techniques for the ‘Eliferia’ clutch
Touchdown in Istanbul for a getaway with my husband, some inspiration, and some meetings.
Starting off my day in Istanbul with a few of my favorite things at the beautiful Mangerie Bebek.
I love looking at the world from a different perspective, like the maze to Hagia Sophia.
Being a tourist for the day and taking in the beauty of Hagia Sophia
Inspiration on the way to a traditional turkish lunch at Pandeli’s
Wandering around Istanbul. There’s nothing like getting lost in everyday life.