This holiday season, as we all reintegrate ourselves with the wonders of Christmas markets, seeing family again, and enjoying the not-too-frigid outdoors, JDEED wants to offer a curated list of Middle Eastern brands to shop for the perfect gifts for yourself, a significant other, friends, or family. Read on for the essentials!
By Ethan Dincer and Cynthia Jreige
What more could you want? Sipping hot cider by a fire, reading about designers bearing it all and creating beautiful work over the past few years, accompanied by amazing editorial shoots by some of the Arab Worlds’ best talent. Pick up a copy at our latest stockers across the world!
A wool scarf from LAR Studio
LAR Studio, the Istanbul-based print brand, just released their fall collection… and WOW. Introducing wool and cashmere-blend scarves with autumnal hues, keep an eye out for the Moka Red Cashmere Scarf or Palacio 8 Khaki Wool Scarf.
The Arab World most praised make-up artist, who counts a whopping 1,3 million followers on Instagram, recently launched his namesakes label HINDASH and made noise with his HEROLINE eyeliner, the kind of product we all need in our beauty-cases. Described as “24-hour wear, high-intensity, full-coverage pigment, smooth consistent (vegan!) ink flow, and a formula that’s water-resistant, smudge-proof, transfer-proof and heat/humidity-resistant“, it truly understood the assignment.
Irem Yazici Embroidery
Looking for something a little more unique for the special someone? Check out Irem Yazici’s embroidery. Based in Turkey, Yazici embroiders complex, maximalist landscapes filled with color, texture, and pattern. You can either purchase a print of the embroidery or the embroidery itself on her website or Etsy shop.
Glowbe by Laetitia Jbeily for Exil Collective
Exil Collective, Lebanese design incubator and recent winner of AD Middle East’s Emerging Talent award, hopes to democratize design in Lebanon and the greater Middle East. Look at their growing range of stunningly-designed pieces and support local Lebanese designers sustainably. Laetitia Jbeily’s Glowbe light is the current superstar of Exil’s collection, the circular, adjustable lamp is perfect for anyone’s bedside table, desk, or living room.
A truly potent fragrance brand, a bottle of Moresque will be sure to leave anyone entranced and in love, following the fragrance wearer wherever they might go. Order today for a free Secret Collection sample kit.
Turkish label LES BENJAMINS just opened its first store in Dubai and, if you ever wander around Mall Of The Emirates, make it your priority to pass by. For Christmas, we’re adding this beautiful architectural caramel colored bag to our wishlist, to go with basically all our outfits both day and night and to standout in a sea of deja-vu “it” bags (do you hate this term too?)
And particularly the “Crystal Beth” shades that feature a “Swey” logo in arabic letters on the side. Edgy and stylish, they’ll protect your eyes with high quality polarized TAC lenses with 100% UVA/UVB protection. The plus? “Each pair is handmade from plant based acetate in limited numbers to maintain precision and quality that will look great and last for years.“