Alessa by Itan jewels

Contact: sales@alessadesigns.com
Website: http://www.itanjewels.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Established in 2009, Alessa Designs has fast grown to become a name to be reckoned with in the industry. Taking pride in sourcing the most sought-after precious stones in the world and enhancing their intrinsic character and beauty to create unique works of art. Be they diamonds, rubies sapphires or even distinct semi-precious stones, Alessa Designs combine technical mastery gleaned from years of experience to create both modern and classical designs that highlight the originality of these pieces – ensuring each of our creations is a class apart.

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BIL ARABI

Contact: info@bilarabi.ae
Website: http://www.bilarabi.ae/

BIOGRAPHY

Bil Arabi began as a singular ring in 2006; a one-off experiment that merged Kanso’s background in design, her love for typography and predilection for all things bling bling. The result was the Arabic "noon" or the equivalent of the letter "N" in Arabic. Using 18-carat gold and embellished with a semi precious stone, the ring – entirely handcrafted and designed – was a hit and soon enough, one letter led to the whole alphabet which evolved to complete words and eventually full phrases. People began expressing themselves "Bil Arabi".

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BINT THANI

Contact: info@bintthani.com
Website:  http://www.bintthani.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Combining the meticulous skill of a designer with the sharp mind of an entrepreneur, Khulood launched Bint Thani in 2012. The brand quickly became known in the region for its distinctive silk turbans, and most recently for everyday luxury designs that are grounded in Dubai yet have global relevance. Her strong interest in Fashion History and major art and design movements heavily influence the label’s collections.

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ATHENA AKHAVAN PRESENTED BY ARTWARE

Contact: info@artware.me
Website: www.artware.me

BIOGRAPHY

Learning sculpture in her teenage year, Athena began to understand materials and their production techniques from a young age. Debuting her first solo exhibition of handmade jewelry consisting of recycled leathers and metals in 2008, the collection was held in Samin Gallery, Tehran. Making jewelry as wearable sculpture is Athena’s focus.

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COUP N.P PRESENTED BY ARTWARE

Contact: info@artware.me
Website: www.artware.me

BIOGRAPHY

Coup N.P was launched, by a Fine Arts Saint Martins and GIA graduate, with one mission of a “Coup” as a revolution in design, attention to the harmony of nature, with a more defined and edgy concept frame work. Coup N.P’s main core-foundation is faithful representation of Mother Nature: the patterns, shapes and the characters, mixed with a touch of imagination.

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JANAN PRESENTED BY ARTWARE

Contact: info@artware.me
Website: www.artware.me

BIOGRAPHY

Janan’s jewelry works are inspired by nature and Persian architecture particularly from one of the oldest city in Iran, Isfahan, employing the city's renowned "Engraving" art in our pieces. The handcrafted pieces are post modern using ancient techniques and adapting them to the current trends.

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MARYAM KHAZALI PRESENTED BY ARTWARE

Contact: info@artware.me
Website: www.artware.me

BIOGRAPHY

After graduating as a graphic designer, Maryam developed a deep interest in physical creations above abstract design. She went on to launch her jewelry line which embodies all corners of the creative world she loves, including graphic designs, calligraphy, Persian music, and poetic influence.

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KISMET BY MILKA PRESENTED BY BOOM AND MELLOW

Contact: info@kismetbymilka.com
Website: www.kismetbymilka.com

BIOGRAPHY

Kismet's first collection was introduced in London in 2008, and since then, fortunate proceeded just like the meaning of Kismet. After a short time and with several special collections, the brand gained a large following and international presence. The Kismet by Milka fine jewelry collection is produced in Kismet’s workshop in Istanbul where all pieces are made in rose gold and completed with white, black or champagne diamonds, rubies and natural sapphires.

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SARAH’S BAG PRESENTED BY BOOM AND MELLOW

Contact: info@sarahsbag.com
Website: www.sarahsbag.com

BIOGRAPHY

Sarah’s Bag is a Beirut-based handbag and accessories brand and one of the Middle East’s leading social enterprises. It had unorthodox beginnings as a rehabilitation project set up in 2000 by sociology graduate student Sarah Beydoun (now Creative Director) to train and employ female prisoners in Lebanon. Sarah’s Bag handbags and accessories are designed around the skills of 200 prisoners and ex- prisoners in Lebanon, artisans in their own right, whose intricate, meticulous handwork is the label’s signature. Over the years, the best of these artisans went on to train other women once they completed their sentences, some establishing their own ateliers, and thus completing a virtuous circle where fashion and the cause are seamlessly intertwined.

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EXOCET

Contact: studio@exocet-paris.com
Website: www.exocet-paris.com

BIOGRAPHY

Hybrid at heart, Exocet was founded in August 2014 by two young designers from Beirut & Hong Kong.

Born with the idea of merging fashion & technology, the brand mixes traditional leather savoir-faire with cutting edge 3D printing technology, creating innovative yet wearable pieces. 

In January 2015, Exocet was selected by the STARCH foundation, a lebanese non-profit organization founded by Maison Rabih Kayrouz, to showcase their handbags. 

In September 2015, Exocet was selected among 800 international designers to take part in the FUTURE OF FASHION program, a competition founded by Not Just a Label and Premiere classe Paris. 



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GRIN

Contact: anne@grin-design.com
Website: http://www.grin-design.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Anne Gedeon’s work is an equal experimentation of form, composition and color. Her inspiration is drawn from the juxtaposition of the old versus the new, the raw versus the polished, the modern versus the conventional, impression versus appearance. These disparities are very apparent in the DNA of her work and somehow unite to produce very homogeneous designs. She had started with designing pieces for her friends and soon developed a network that wanted to purchase her work, she began receiving custom-made orders which soon after evolved into the production of full collections.

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LALAQUEEN

Contact: sally@lalaqueen.com
Website: http://lalaqueen.com/

BIOGRAPHY

LaLaQueen is a contemporary lifestyle label that specializes in bespoke handmade leather handbags. The bags are designed for women with rich souls & magical hearts. Most of LaLaQueen handbags are made of ethically sourced, & vegetable tanned genuine leather. Sally Sarieddine founder, and creative designer at LaLaQueen has launched timeless collections & exceptional designs that were inspired by her multi-cultured background, twists in culture human nature and magic.

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MADISO

Contact: madiso@ymail.com
Website: http://www.madiso.me/

BIOGRAPHY

Madiso is primarily a fashion accessories brand. Each piece is a unique formation of organic shapes that are carefully hand worked and hand embroidered on silk fabric. These creations are one of a kind and cannot be reproduced identically. A vast range of materials are carefully sourced for every individual piece, ranging from semi precious stones to chains, beads, crystals, acrylic, metal, mesh, pearls, and much more.

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NARINÉE

Contact: narine.tchi@gmail.com
Website: http://www.narinee.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Narinée Tchilinguirian is a young interior architect and product designer, of Armenian origin, born and raised in Beirut. Her perpetual passion for quality craftsmanship mixed with high respect and value for her heritage have led to this debut collection, inspired by Armenian architectural and cultural heritage; blending minimalistic shapes with intricate patterns and contemporary manufacturing techniques & materials with refined traditional craftsmanship. Narinée has explored the aesthetic interplay of art, traditions, culture, and architecture and created unique design pieces that are minimal yet so powerful; bold adornments that carry a narrative, a story, an inspiration.

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NATHALIE TRAD

Contact: info@nathalietrad.com
Website: http://www.nathalietrad.com

BIOGRAPHY

Nathalie Trad is part of a new wave of statement accessories designers, born in Beirut she earned a Bachelor’s degree from the prestigious ESMOD International in Paris in 2007 and in 2008, relocated to New York to study a degree at Parsons The New School for Design; a BBA in Design and Management. Nathalie later worked under the mentorship of Proenza Schouler, the highly-coveted New York-based womenswear and accessories brand. It was while in Paris that Nathalie discovered her personal design ethos; to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics.

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NS BY NOOF

Contact: info@nsbynoof.com
Website: http://www.nsbynoof.com/

BIOGRAPHY

In between two dimensions, Noof AlShekar finds the third. Staying true to her origins in Fine Jewelry design. She bridges her influences from the aura of gemstones in their setting and the essence of geometry in architecture. With an outlook that transcends into each piece. Noof’s devotion to recovering the purity in premium luxury translates into every detail. In tune with the aura transmitted from the gems, captivated by mystical geometry.

Noof begins her search in 2009 and presents the first icon a year later, ‘Andelucia’ - still present as a limited edition signature style within the collection. Since then, each season anticipates the discovery of new heirlooms to mark their place in the NS By Noof jewel box. Just like the collections of great collectors, cultivated and accumulated with passion, discovery and time.

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PRECIOUS BY FRANCOIS AYOUB

Contact: info@francoisayoub.com
Website: www.francoisayoub.com

BIOGRAPHY

Francois Ayoub is a lebanese jewelry designer who has made his way through years of experience, making and creating the most prestigious designs with the highest accuracy and precision for many international and local designers. After years of knowledge in the jewelry business, Francois Ayoub opened his own shop “Francois Ayoub Orfèvre Joaillier” in addition to two workshops, in Beirut. Following the big success in Lebanon, it was time to expand. The dream came true; Precious by Francois Ayoub was thus born in Dubai.

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ROSA MARIA

Contact: info@rosamariajewellery.com
Website: http://www.rosamariajewellery.com

BIOGRAPHY

Rosa Maria is handmade in Beirut, offering rings, necklaces, earrings designed to be nested, stacked and combined with others to create an endless array of variety. All styles are inspired by nature; her jewels are mainly organic sculptural shapes, using raw stones such as rose cut diamonds, sapphires or topaz.

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ROULA DFOUNI

Contact: roula@rouladfouni.com
Website: http://www.rouladfouni.com

BIOGRAPHY

Roula Dfouni brings in an innovative jeweler designer brand that combines rough architectural contemporary flair with sensibility, inspired from both nature and colorful cultures, be them Middle Eastern, North African or Indian, addressing feminity and modernity. Whilst the materials Roula uses are classical and accessible, the end product is a thread between the earthy, unfinished feel of gemstones and the depth and tactile beauty of silverwork, which creates conceptual and expressive pieces.

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RULA GALAYINI

Contact: rg@rulagalayini.com
Website: http://rulagalayini.com/

BIOGRAPHY

Rula Galayini has been voted by Vogue UK as one of the world’s best bags in 2013, decreed by the Huffington Post as the “it” bag of Paris Fashion Week in 2014, and won the Mediterreanean Fashion Prize sponsored by Dior and Chanel earlier this year.

Rula began her education with a degree in graphic design at the American University of Beirut, graduating with distinction, coupled with a scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design. She then gradually shifted into the realm of fashion under the mentorship of Esmod and London College of Fashion.

Rula Galayini is a reflection of the woman who wears it: strong, edgy, and sensual. With its playful metal work, buttery leathers, streamlined geometric designs and contrasting colors, the bags are as distinct and remarkable as the women who carry them.



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