Three Arab Co-Designed Releases to Shop This Summer

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These days, fashion designers and brands are repeatedly turning to Arab creatives from the region to imbue their creations with a distinct and unique touch, giving way to sensational, need-it-now collaborations. And established brands aren’t the only ones benefiting from these collaborations– partnerships like these also often allow artists to create and exhibit their work on a greater scale than before. Below, we highlight the latest in a series of high-profile partnerships between fashion designers and creatives from the Arab world to shop this summer.

Taqwa Bint Ali x Levi’s

 

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French-Tunisian creative director Taqwa Bint Ali dreamed up a capsule collection with Levi’s France, which is currently being showcased at the denim label’s Champs-Elysees store. “I wanted to create a collection that speaks to as many people as possible and can be worn by anyone,” said Bint Ali. The new genderless offering is 100% sustainable, using upcycled materials, while all pieces are made to be assembled and layered to create a unique look that will suit everyone’s individual style.

Azra Khamissa x Adidas

 

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Dubai-based leather accessories designer and henna artist Azra Khamissa (also known as Dr. Azra) was tapped by athletic giant Adidas to reimagine three of the brand’s sneakers with her unique henna designs. The henna-patterned footwear are part of a collaboration with UAE-based creatives, including Latifa Saeed, Christopher Joshua Benton, and Hessa.

Sarah Beydoun x Chloe

 

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The founder of Lebanese accessories label and social enterprise Sarah’s Bag teamed up with French maison Chloe on two handbag designs handmade by female artisans from underprivileged backgrounds. Chloe’s Edith Nano and Woody bags were reimagined entirely in crochet. A labour of love, each bag in the 23-piece offering took approximately 43 hours to complete. The collaboration is a natural fit, as both Chloe and Sarah’s Bag are committed to uplifting and empowering women, and both see the artistic value of cultivating crafts.

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