AMAL HALIQ

BIOGRAPHY

Amal Haliq, Emirati Jewellery Designer, grew up with a passion for gems and although she initially pursued a career in Human Resources, in 2009 she decided to follow her life-long love for Jewellery design. 

In 1994, Amal graduated from the American University of Washington DC with a Business Administration degree and in 1998, she graduated with a double major in Business Administration & Information Systems from Humberside & Lincolnshire University in the UK prior to embarking on a very successful HR career.

Amal has held senior HR executive roles in the government and private sector in the UAE. Amal is a member of the Middle East Information Exchange Group (MEIEG), the Institute of Neuro Linguistic Psychology (NLP) and the American Society for Training and Development.

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ALESSA BY ITAN JEWELS

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Established in 2009, Alessa Designs has fast grown to become a name to be reckoned with in the industry. We take 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, we 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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BANA SUNGLASSES

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The brand is best known for it's boho style flowery sunglasses. 

In 2014, BANA introduced a new campaign called 'Flowers for your eyes' aiming to make the brand more refreshing and com­pelling, especially for the younger generations. It successfully ex­pressed the BANA ideology: sunglasses that make each individu­al wearing them unique, as they are tailored with care and dif­ferent from one another 

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BELQUIS

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Since the dawn of fashion, women and handbags have gone together hand in hand, literally.  Purses, handbags and clutches hold a woman’s life so when it comes to picking out the ultimate essential accessory, Belquis represents practicality, exclusivity and style. 

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INAAYA

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Hailing from a family deeply rooted in development work, Naushaba headed to rural Sindh when floods struck down lives and livlihood in her village to give back and rebuild her community by harnessing the power of rural entreprenuship. To create a brand that took from centuries old craft and artisans but also gave back through self belief, self worth, and self confidence to create a sustainable cycle of progress. The production process is one of co-creation not contractual employment. They work independently, at will, at their own time, without the bounds of a formal centre. Each product, be it ornament or attire, connects you to its creator with hand embroidered name tags of the artisans that have put their skill and soul into crafting that item for you. Each piece is imperfect and unique because we’re imperfect and unique. 

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MADISO

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‘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. Each design is a personal expression of ideas and narratives, thoughtfully planned and put together, before being hand sewn and hand crafted. The whole collection, from the smallest detail to the final creation, is a complete work of art and a labour of love.

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MYRIAM SOS

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Myriam Soseilos is the award-winning design entrepreneur of the cutting-edge jewellery brand MyriamSOS. Born into a family of accountants, she did not have a creative upbringing and was always expected to join the family business. After pursuing a number of options from accountancy to advertising and journalism, none of them gave her the sense of satisfaction she was looking for. She then decided to explore the world of design, and realized that jewellery design was her true calling. 

Her highest points on her journey so far was receiving the “Designer of the Year 2013” award, during Jewellery Week for her ‘Transformers’ collection. This was the first highlight in her Jewellery Design career to be recognized in the UK Jewellery Industry and definitely gave her the encouragement and confidence to take her  business to the next level.

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NARINEE

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Narinée Tchilinguirian is a young interior architect of Armenian origin, born and raised in Beirut. Her education in industrial design and multidisciplinary/innovative design, through two Master’s degrees from Politecnico di Milano and Alta Scuola Politecnica, laid the path for her to continue breathing originality. 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.

Multi-layering and ornamental carvings being two powerful notions of this heritage, these jewelry pieces are portrayed as ‘layers’ – with each piece uniquely curated as an aesthetically bold adornment that carries a story, a narrative, an inspiration.

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NATHALIE TRAD

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Nathalie Trad is part of a new wave of sought-after independent 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 before going onto found her own label in 2013.

Nathalie Trad has gone on to win multiple awards for her statement clutch designs, which have gained recognition internationally as works of art in their own right. Nathalie's academic and intricate approach to design, together with the technical and aesthetic application of materials such as shell, wood, stone, resin, brass and stainless steel truly set her apart, making her a favourite of style icons such as Sienna Miller, Leandra Medine and Olivia Palermo.

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NS BY NOOF

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Noof Al Shekar is a Bahraini handbag designer who launched her eponymous line in 2010. Since childhood, her fascination with design and the patterns that occur in art, architecture and the natural world was heightened by her passion for sketching and painting. Initially, her instinctive grasp for all things mathematical encouraged her to pursue an academic career in architecture, though in the meantime the sumptuous little jewel bags she was designing for herself were quietly gaining a fan-base, eventually persuading her to devote full time to designing her own bespoke collection. Since the brand’s inaugural collection, Noof’s designs have been influenced by her opulent Arab heritage and inspired by the sacred geometry in Islamic architecture and the earth’s natural gemstones. With her meticulous attention to each design process, Noof creates the sketches and mock-ups from her Bahrain-based atelier and travels across the globe in search of the finest materials and gemstones. Working closely with a small group of master craftsmen to produce each hand-made clutch and overseeing every detail, she creates a limited number of perfect clutches that marry bag with jewel. The result is a collection that re-imagines the handbag as a piece of jewelry, and gives new expression to the clutch as a masterpiece of wearable art. Noof resides in Bahrain with her four children.

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RULA GALAYINI

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Rula Galayini is committed to creating dynamic accessories for a real life edge. Her AW 2016 collection, titled Rhythmic Hues is no exception to this.

In her latest collection, Rula challenges the notion of space, using a fusion of delicate, refined leathers and industrial materials elevated to luxurious appeal, by creating a notion of depth with essentially 2 dimensional surfaces.

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SAHAG KHAJADOURIAN

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Sahag Khajadourian grew up in jewelry maker circles, and began his career by crafting pieces for various jewelers, designers and private customers in the Middle East. 

Sahag Jewelry was launched by Sahag Khajadourian in 2013 from his workshop in Saifi Village, Beirut, Lebanon after obtaining a jewelry design certificate from the Gemological Institute of America in London. Sahag also directs, manages and oversees workshops and design processes of local renowned jewelry brands. With an eye for delicate details, Sahag designs every collection to be subtle and chic, lived in and layered. Sahag’s vision is to create jewelry that can transition well and be a wardrobe staple - jewelry that is meant to be worn daily.
Sahag Jewelry consists of highly personal pieces designed for both day and night. The designs focus on both quality and accessibility, and are made to make wearers feel effortlessly stylish. ‘I believe all jewelry should be symbolic of treasured moments - each piece should be an extension of the woman wearing it and must feel like tangible symbols of those she holds dear to her heart, or a happy occasion in her life’.

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VANINA

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Vanina is a fashion label established in Beirut in 2007, by Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek.
 
Through its light and playful glamour, the brand presents statement pieces as form as engaged art, which sends a message through various design concepts,
Vanina's backstage is a social project that aims at promoting community development through the valorisation of Lebanon's craftsmanhsip and industry.'

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VINITA MICHAEL

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Award winning  jewelry designer and gemologist, Vinita’s eponymous label strives to bring together the magnificence of unique design conceptualizations and intricate craftsmanship, in the form of jewelry and precious lifestyle products. Filigree, Repousse', Chasing, Engraving and Etching are some of the many rich metal crafts of the Indian Subcontinent that have encouraged her to experiment with the limitless possibilities in exploring the metallic surface. Today, Vinita specializes in both Fine Gold set with precious gems and Sterling Silver jewelry. Her pieces have adorned Bollywood celebrities such as Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Jacqueline Fernandez, to name a few.       
 
Besides developing collections for her own line, Vinita  also works on special commissioned projects for international jewelry and hi-fashion brands such as Tresemme’, Monsieur Fox, Al Mahmood Pearls, Amrapali Jewels, Anmol Jewellers, World Gold Council and Mikura Pearls, to name a few. 

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