Now that I covered the jewelry section of The Garden exhibition at Fashion Forward Dubai, let's have a quick look at other cool non-jewelry brands that i came across. My first stop was at Aina's booth, a newly-launched concept based on reflecting the many characteristics of one's self, in the form of wearable and displayable art. Their products are inspired by cultural icons of the East. I found their padded iPad/Mini iPad cases with arabic words to be really cool. I noticed one of the founders of Aina wearing this really cool headpiece and it turned out that it was by a brand called Aura, which actually had a booth right next to them. If you're following me on instagram, you'd see that I posted about them a few weeks ago.
let's scroll down for more, shall we?
Aura's booth was displaying an array of boho-chic and hip headpieces, in fact, Anna Dello Russo wore one of Aura's pieces during NYFW last season, how amazing is that? Click here to see the photo.
Funky tee's by Arcadian Apparel, an online T-shirt website that promotes and sells wearable art. The brand allows artists to design their own signature art which can be printed and sold on their online store. The brand currently includes two modern style collections: EmiraTee and Dubai Til I Die. Inspired by Emirati culture, they offer the UAE a unique fashion line with which everyone can identify.
I previously featured The Neon Gifts on my blog before meeting the lovely owner Hessa AlMulla, her stationary is even prettier up-close. You can view more of her lovely and bright designs here.
These Dumyè dolls are not just any doll! For every doll you purchase they gift a doll to an orphan in need and allow them to make it their own through an art workshop. You can also customize the doll to your liking, hair color, hairstyle, the outfit, and even you can monogram the doll by adding a heart with any letter you want, AND get a certificate too. Smart and meaningful!
Mochi is a Dubai-based brand that features one of a kind pieces hand crafted by local artisans from around the world. I remember featuring the brand previously on my blog but I can't seem to find it. I fell in love with the full embroidered skirt worn by the lovely owner. It's part of her new Thailand-inspired collection. This season the designer is introducing embroidered shoes too, they do look so comfortable. You can shop Mochi's selection of bags here.
Beirut-based brand Sarah's Bag of course needs no introduction, I am head over heels in love with her arabesque-inspired clutches, especially the blue range which I instagrammed here. The below clutch with dipped gold detail is just divine!
LalaQueen is a Beirut-based brand of limited handmade handbags and accessories. They look like vintage pieces with their doctor's shaped-bags and distressed leather.
Farah Asmar is a handbags brand based in Dubai, where you will find a selection of fun colored day to night carry-ons, leather clutches, and accessorised totes, all designed by the super friendly Farah Asmar. I love how she displayed the candy-colored ones all next to each other.