We are always on the lookout for sizzling new talent in Lebanon, after all - these fashion designers grow to be some of the best in the world.
If you love discovering new fashion designers first, get ready to keep these 5 names in mind.
1 // Hussein Bazaza
We are totally and madly in love with Hussein Bazaza. The 24-year old fashion design student from Esmod first caught our eye about two years ago when we saw one of his jackets hanging in a boutique. After graduating, Bazaza worked with Maison Rabih Kairouz as well as Elie Saab as a junior designer. In December 2012, he was selected by the Starch foundation to launch his line of ready to wear.
In 2013, he won Best Up and Coming Designer at the Elle Style Awards. Bazaza is currently teaching Fashion Design at ESMOD Beirut while working on his new collections.
2 // Jean Louis Sabaji
We got to know Jean Louis Sabaji's designs pretty well when he joined us on Raghunter. He is greatly inspired by nature and the way it's integrated into his designs is absolutely breath taking.
Raised by a fashion designer, Jean Louis Sabaji's designing mission initiated at childhood. Following his graduation from the Lebanese American University in 2009, Jean Louis' motivation and creativity led him to Milan Domus Academy; which gave him the opportunity to share his creations with famous Italian designers. In 2011, Jean Louis' allegiance to his father's studio evolved to the responsibility of carving the new paths ahead.
3 // Sara Melki
We met Sara Melki when she joined us on Raghunter and were instantly drawn to her designs. They were so different than what we had seen in Lebanon, so structured and interesting. She definitely has her own sense of design and we can see this young talent going places.
A Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) graduate, Sara Melki dabbled in creative classes like sculpture and photography. In 2008, she moved to Paris for four years to attend the prestigious Studio Berçot, a fashion design school that has internships in major fashion houses. One of which in Malhia Kent’s workshops, Chanel’s exclusive weavers. There, she mastered the discipline and know-how of French weaving. But it is in New York, at the famous Proenza Schouler, that she was able to sharpen her urban spirit style and her smart use of ‘mix and match’. In April 2012, she returned to Beirut and launched her first collection.
4 // Bashar Assaf
Bashar Assaf is one of the designers that we discovered at Starch. His clean-cut and sleek designs caught our eye and we've been following him ever since. His upcoming collection will be the first out of Starch, and will also debut a menswear collection - super exciting! We need more menswear collections from Lebanese designers.
Bashar studied at Esmod fashion school after returning to Beirut, where he developed his skills and expertise while continuing to pursue personal projects. In December 2012, he was chosen as one of Starch Foundation’s designers, where he produced three collections, two of which were showcased at Fashion Forward in Dubai. Elle Style Awards recently nominated him for ‘Best Upcoming Designer in the Middle East'.
5 // Harithand
We recently discovered Harithand, after our in-house editor told us about him. We looked into him more and his designs definitely caught our eye. They are so feminine and reminiscent of the 50's era, we would really like to try them on. Harithand was established in 2010 and has even been featured in Vogue.