Recently I discovered an uber cool new bag label: Dareen Hakim. Thanks to the new Sex in the City movieand the fact that I’m almost becoming an Emirates frequent-flyer has made me quite in awe of these Arabesque clutches. The Lebanese-born designer is the first to hand-engrave messages about love, laughter, strength and happiness (in Arabic) on metal plaques on her elegant rectangular clutches. Dareen Hakim clutches are described by John Simon Dailyas ‘Conversation Starters’. I guess if you can read Arabic then they can literally start a conversation. Actually come to think of it, my mother-in-law studied at St Martins School of Art in London. She also used to study Arabic calligraphy!
The unique calligraphy inspired clutches in luxurious hides are statement pieces that scream individuality and creativity. Each bag is made from highest quality Italian leather so they are extra special to clutch. But what I love most about these bags is that you can actually have your very own clutch custom designed! Think up of your unique message (short and sweet, of course), visit her website and say ‘pretty please’ in English, French, Spanish or Arabic, she’s fluent in all 4.
Le Icon ‘My Love’
Le Icon ‘Live and Laugh’
Le Icon ‘Wisdom and Strength’
Le Beiruti – this is my favourite
L’Ociel ‘Love is Blind’
All photos from Dareen Hakim
Dareen’s designs are especially close to my heart because like me, Dareen moved into the fashion industry after many years of studying to be a professional. She studied Biology, was originally was going to go to Med School but ended up working on Wall Street doing health-care investment banking and private equity investing. But in the end, we decided to follow our our dreams in fashion. And Dareen’s passion? Is the handbag!
Dareen Hakim, the beauty with the brains behind the bag label that marries ancient culture with modern silhouettes. This is design. This is art. This I love.