As Savoir Flair toasts to its fifth birthday, we take a look back at the most memorable and exciting interviews with the best accessories designers to come out of the Middle East, the likes of Nathalie Trad, Nadine Kanso, and Lilian Afshar. Click through the gallery below to see our favorite accessory interviews with the industry’s best regional designers.
Since launching her luxurious clutches made of shell and resin in 2013, Lebanese designer Nathalie Trad has gained international success with some of the most prestigious retailers carrying her pieces – from New York to London, Dubai, Doha, Mumbai, Tunisia, and beyond.
Iranian designer Lilian Afshar launched accessories brand L’Afshar just last year, and has since made waves in the industry with her signature Perspex clutches and beetle/dragonfly hybrid logo. “Personally, I love dragonflies; they symbolize change and transformation. I started with a dragonfly logo, but it looked too much like a butterfly, which is too girly for me, so I added in the beetle.”
The supremely talented Nadine Kanso is the designer behind jewelry brand Bil Arabi’s calligraphy-inspired pieces. “Bil Arabi came to life after my first solo photography exhibition, Meen Ana, which tackled Arab identity issues. I felt there should be a pride in wearing our own alphabet, and created a jewelry line with Arabic calligraphy to stand as a statement more than anything else can,” she said.
Sarah Beydoun founded accessories label Sarah’s Bag out of her passion for design and helping underprivileged women in Lebanon. “I am fascinated by embroidery and old techniques in handiwork,” she told Savoir Flair. “I love to gather inspiration from them and mix them with a modern touch.”
The celebrated jewelry designer spoke to Savoir Flair back in 2011 about her latest collection, and what a typical day in her life looks like. “I wake up early, meditate, have breakfast with my daughters before everyone goes off to work, and then spend the morning sketching or reading and researching.”