Nathaly Khoury is the Palestinian-Lebanese designer behind Minxy — an accessories line focused on bringing the 50s’ love for all things gloves and glamour back to life, with a Middle Eastern touch she thinks is lacking in the global fashion market.
Growing up I always loved accessories and looking at how to give my outfits added emphasis. A few years ago, I started a jewelry line called Minxy where I made accessories such as necklaces, bracelets and body chains by hand. I didn’t want to limit myself to just jewelry and I found myself coming to ready to wear accessories. I played around with gloves at the beginning and saw an untapped market to make them fashionable once again,” Khoury explains. Minxy aims to add a touch of edginess to any outfit, with the gloves being versatile and perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to dress up, or dress down, Khoury’s gloves are “meant to make our fearless, edgy, and flirtatious client stand out in a room.”
With two collections set to be released each year, following the Spring-Summer and Autumn-Winter schedule, and an additional one-off bridal collection, Khoury leaves no piece of fabric out in the cold. “All the off cuts from making the gloves end up being used to produce the garment bag in which they are stored and sold. Down the line I aim to create different styles from the pieces of fabric that are left over,” she explains.
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Each glove, which come in different textured fabrics, trending colors and ostrich feathers, is custom fitted to the client’s hand and is made and sourced in the UAE. The band’s debut collection consisted of seven pairs, each with its own personality expressed through different colors and textures
Through historical references, from Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Netflix’s hit-show Bridgerton, Khoury finds inspiration in everything that surrounds her. While her design process is also influenced by seasonal trends, she explains that the process should always remain fun and creative. “Gloves were popular in the 1900s-1950s, women who wore them were seen as ultra fashionable and, most importantly, were viewed as social markers.” While powerful and glamorous women serve as an inspiration, Khoury also finds herself empowered by being based in the UAE, with its “very active and supportive female society.”
Minxy’s gloves are for fearless women who aren’t afraid to be seen; however, the expressive accessories are for all. “I wouldn’t want to categorize my ideal or typical customer as I would like any individual interested in Minxy to be themselves,” she says.