AMMANII

Ammanii jewelry was born from a desire to tell stories and untie women while transcending cultural barriers. A shared journey of hope and revived dreams is told through every design, with a desire to provoke courage, inspire a vision of global sisterhood and create a better tomorrow. CEO and designer Amany Shaker has had a non-traditional path, which culminated in a passion to create timeless pieces of jewelry. Inspired by her Egyptian heritage and influenced by a background in psychology and conflict resolution, and an extensive global experience as a humanitarian counselor, she has found jewelry design to be a powerful tool to empower women and to celebrate their own personal stories.

AMMANII

Jewelry

Ammanii jewelry was born from a desire to tell stories and untie women while transcending cultural barriers. A shared journey of…

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ANDREA WAZEN

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Andrea Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young age. To fulfill her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, she moved to Paris and attended Istituto Marangoni, where she discovered and refined her shoe-designing skills. In 2010 Andrea relocated to London, where she trained under the tutelage of Rupert Sanderson and Christian Louboutin. She also took shoe design courses at London’s Central Saint Martins. The Andrea Wazen label is based in Beirut, the city in which the brand’s shoes are designed and created by hand.

ANDREA WAZEN

Accessories

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Andrea Wazen developed a great passion for sketching and designing at a young…

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OMER ASIM

Omer Asim is a Sudanese designer living and working in London. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture before completing a postgraduate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After a short stay with the United Nations Development Program, he started training as a psychoanalyst. During his psychoanalytic training he became fascinated with clothing and appearance, in relation to mind and body.

Omer learned his craft through a number of internships, starting with Maurice Sedwell of Savile Row and ending at Vivienne Westwood. Before freelancing in the industry, he attended Central Saint Martins, specializing in creative pattern cutting. He launched his label in 2011.

His design process does not rely on sketching or theme inspirations. The focus is on substance and craft to un-design a solid silent aesthetic. Modern shapes, cuts and textures mix with primitive elements to create a sense of regressive future.

OMER ASIM

Ready-to-wear

Omer Asim is a Sudanese designer living and working in London. He graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture before…

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YOUSEF AKBAR

Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Yousef Akbar first studied logistics in Australia. But his first love was always fashion. After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sydney, he earned a Bachelor’s in fashion in 2016. He launched his contemporary eveningwear brand one year later.

Fascinated by the interaction of the cloth and body, Yousef challenges conventions in cutting and construction of garments, while maintaining elegance and femininity. He creates a narrative with his collections to evoke emotional undercurrents of everyday life. When a woman wears one of his garments, she lives his story and experiences his personal research and quest for inspiration.

The Yousef Akbar brand is built on a spirit of collaboration, creating ethical and responsible couture and ready-to-wear garments that make the wearer look good and also feel good about wearing. The brand uses recycled and upcycled materials while supporting local artisans in small communities around the world. It’s a slower design process, where tradition influences more than trends, where there is a purpose to every piece and where it is all in the details.

“Before I begin designing, I don’t really think about designing clothes, I think about creating something beautiful. To me this is truly beyond just a profession, it is something I deeply connect with and feel it gives me a sense of purpose,” he says.

YOUSEF AKBAR

Evening wear

Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Yousef Akbar first studied logistics in Australia. But his first love was always…

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ZEID HIJAZI

Zeid Hijazi grew up in Jordan, and he credits his art teacher in Amman with having given him the right foundation to eventually purse a degree in fashion from London’s Central Saint Martins. The years spent in London and Jordan have had a major influence on his work, which usually references his past experiences and his most personal stories, while juxtaposing them with inspiration from Lam Qua, Francis Bacon and 1950s Christian Dior. “The fact that I can change how you are represented through the medium of clothes is what makes me want to build my own world,” he says.

ZEID HIJAZI

Debut talent

Zeid Hijazi grew up in Jordan, and he credits his art teacher in Amman with having given him the right…

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