Tell me a bit about yourself and your background?
I've always been fascinated by art and finance. I pursued the latter in my academic career and graduated in 2016 with a Banking and Finance degree from Royal University for Women. I currently hold an exciting position in an International Bank that allows me to find new solutions to banking practices. While working, I was able to further explore my love for art and launched Urban Arabesque; a boutique atelier and design studio that crafts one-off pieces inspired by my travels and surroundings.
What is your favourite design out of the range that you ever designed and why?
Every collection has its own sentimental value to me, but there's always that one piece which is particularly special to me; whether it's because of the story of the fabric and how I got it or if it's simply because of the hard work and dedication it took to finish the design.
Are there any particular designers/brands that inspire you?
A lot of my inspiration comes from my mother's closet or from my travels. I have a strong affinity to form and function, and believe that all my creations should be comfortable and versatile. Brands such as The Row and Irnce do this particularly well.
What inspired you to start designing clothes or kaftans?
I was interested in pairing pieces together but designing my own line grew organically. I started off by collecting fabric from different travels as a hobby and interest in the different textiles. Later, I began commemorating each of these travels by making kaftans and other clothing pieces for myself and for my family. It wasn't until all the positive feedback that I was getting, that gave me the courage to create my own brand.
What was the first design you made?
My first design was a Sleeveless mid length kaftan made of Hand-printed cotton material I got from my trip to Istanbul. I made 5 samples just to perfect it!
What's next for you? Do you have any new designs or collection in the pipeline?
My next project is the Summer Collection which will include daily wear and linens. I'll also be exploring different mediums of making in the future so I'm excited to go into a new real of design.
Tell us something we don't know about Urban Arabesque?
Urban Arabesque is a Home-based studio and our first exhibition just involved friends and family in our living room.