The Middle East is rich with visual inspiration and sensory stimulation everywhere the eye can see. Look to the vibrant pop culture, the musical power of the forever memorialized Egyptian crooner, Umm Kalthoum, the booming film and art industry or the innovation that designers are bringing to the global scene. On the cusp of these cultural signifiers, Designer Sarah Beydoun meshes the best of these elements into her bold line of handbags.
Inspired and propelled by her home country of Lebanon, Sarah Beydoun works with under privileged women and ex prisoners to create her range of accessories. Lines of poetry in Arabic script, the symbolic hand of Fatima and mysterious eyes are shown on clutches and coin pouches. Each piece is intricately hand embellished. One particular standout is the stunning Dama clutch, created in collaboration with Beirut based Maison Tarazi. Established in 1862, this family run company of artisans specializes in detailed woodwork that is well known throughout the Middle East and coveted around the world.
Unsurprisingly, Beydoun has garnered the attention of the fashion world. Her accessories, which go seamlessly with bold prints and colors, are often spotted on street style stars from New York to Paris. The latest stylish Lebanese to sport Sarah?s Bags is the beautiful Amal Alamuddin, who wore a number of customized bags during her wedding celebration with George Clooney in Venice last month.
The core of Sarah?s Bags is the artisans that make the handwork possible. Presently 150 artisans work with the company. From the beginning, Beydoun taught the art of beading at Baahda prison. Some of those employees that have worked to become genuine artisans are still with the company. By example, Beydoun proves that empowering women means up lifting communities through education. Here at Shop Latitude, we applaud her conscious incentives and jet set ready accessories.
All Photos Courtsey of Sarah's Bags
October 21, 2014
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