Laura Laurens

Self-trained, Bogotá-based designer Laura Laurens looks to her background in fine arts when she’s creating new designs. She launched her eponymous brand in 2014 with the idea of reinterpreting upcycled military fabrics as a metaphor to reassemble Colombia’s polarized territory. In 2018, she was chosen by Vogue Talents to represent Latin America in Milan Fashion Week, and in 2019 Deutsche Welle identified her as one of 40 female leaders transforming Latin America through creativity.

Laura Laurens

Guest Country - Columbia

Self-trained, Bogotá-based designer Laura Laurens looks to her background in fine arts when she’s creating new designs. She launched her…

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Juanita García

Through her brand Priah, Colombian fashion designer Juanita García celebrates the work of female artisans who managed to preserve their ancestral art of crochet, a technique that could have disappeared in the face of rapid industrialization. The clothes designed by Juanita are then handmade with ethical practices in the Colombian mountains of Boyacá. Priah’s new Ruana collection reinterprets the traditional South American poncho into a fashion-forward, sustainably made must-have that exudes contemporary flair.

Juanita García

Guest Country - Columbia

Through her brand Priah, Colombian fashion designer Juanita García celebrates the work of female artisans who managed to preserve their…

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Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo

Colombian designers Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo launched Alado in 2013. Conceived as a dialogue between art and fashion, the womenswear label shimmers with complex structures that tell ancient stories, and pieces that reflect arduous molding work and silhouette development. Both subtle and romantic, Alado clothes stand out for their emphasis on exquisite baroque details. Alejandro and Andrés hail from the fashion-forward Colombian city of Medellin.

Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo

Guest Country - Columbia

Colombian designers Alejandro González and Andrés Restrepo launched Alado in 2013. Conceived as a dialogue between art and fashion, the…

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Agustín Nicolás Rivero

Agustín Nicolás Rivero’s label, A New Cross, is handcrafted in Colombia. Driven by the idea that garments should essentially function as a living space – one that comforts and protects – Agustín merges his South American heritage with a minimalist ethos when imagining his designs. His clothes – for women, men and unisex – celebrate diversity and freedom of identity. The Colombian designer also supports fair working conditions, ensuring that his garments are always ethically produced, while espousing rural and urban community values.

Agustín Nicolás Rivero

Guest Country - Columbia

Agustín Nicolás Rivero’s label, A New Cross, is handcrafted in Colombia. Driven by the idea that garments should essentially function…

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AbdelGader El Tayeb Al Sadig

AbdelGader El Tayeb Al Sadig, founder of El Tayeb Nation, hails from Sudan. The young designer describes his womenswear brand as “intemporal” and a cross between “couture and easy-to-wear” that’s intended to empower the wearer. Made in Sudan and reflecting both the history of the great African country and its contemporary identity, El Tayeb Nation offers varied looks in bright colors, enhanced with glittering jewels and intricate embroidery.

AbdelGader El Tayeb Al Sadig

Debut talent

AbdelGader El Tayeb Al Sadig, founder of El Tayeb Nation, hails from Sudan. The young designer describes his womenswear brand…

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Alia Bin Omair

Dubai-based jewelry designer Alia Bin Omair creates distinctive pieces inspired by traditional crafts that focus on materials, textures and their relationship to their cultural surroundings. The UAE native has participated in a number of mentorship programs, with such organizations as the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, Sharjah, in collaboration with the London College of Fashion, and with celebrated Egyptian jewelry designer Azza Fahmy. Her eponymous jewelry brand includes such collections as Leaf, featuring pieces made by gold-casting leaves, and Safeefa, a collaboration-based commission with Bedouin weavers.

Alia Bin Omair

Jewelry

Dubai-based jewelry designer Alia Bin Omair creates distinctive pieces inspired by traditional crafts that focus on materials, textures and their…

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Azza Skhiri Bouchamaoui

Azza Skhiri Bouchamaoui’s jewelry brand is inspired by the Queen of Carthage. Named Didon – after the founder of the Phoenician empire of Carthage – the label is a tribute to strong women, with sculptural pieces made from quality materials. The Python ring, for example, adorned with black and white diamonds and pink sapphires, is a statement piece that works for both nighttime and daytime wear. Azza hails from Tunisia.

Azza Skhiri Bouchamaoui

Jewelry

Azza Skhiri Bouchamaoui’s jewelry brand is inspired by the Queen of Carthage. Named Didon – after the founder of the…

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Bilal Fellah

Bilal Fellah’s eyewear brand is inspired by the Moroccan coastal city of Tangier, where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean come into heady contact. Named Port Tanger, the label is an ode to the sun-drenched lifestyle of that Moroccan city, with collections bearing such names as Leila, Mektoub and Tangerine – the fruit after which the city was named. Bilal is of Moroccan and Algerian descent.

Bilal Fellah

Accessories

Bilal Fellah’s eyewear brand is inspired by the Moroccan coastal city of Tangier, where the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic…

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Cynthia Merhej

Lebanese fashion designer Cynthia Merhej trained at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. Through her label Renaissance Renaissance, which she founded in 2016, the Beirut-born designer offers a contemporary reinvention of female couture heritage. Her carefully constructed ready-to-wear collections are stylish, sustainable and created with the careful detailing.

Cynthia Merhej

Ready-to-wear

Lebanese fashion designer Cynthia Merhej trained at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art in London. Through…

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Dania Shinkar

Saudi Arabian designer Dania Shinkar launched her handcrafted bag label in 2019. Wanting to create bags that would be unique – and a far cry from mass-market accessories – Dania sought skilled artisans to produce bags made from ethically sourced leather and adorned with signature metal frames and cellulose acetate handles. Dania possesses a BA and an MA from the London College of Fashion.

Dania Shinkar

Accessories

Saudi Arabian designer Dania Shinkar launched her handcrafted bag label in 2019. Wanting to create bags that would be unique…

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