MAKE Business Hub is the cool urban space which opened a few months back in Dubai Marina providing the perfect location for young entrepreneurial spirits to come work & connect in a productive and inspiring atmosphere as well as enjoy a great menu of food and drinks.
A favourite of some of Dubai’s fashion followers (Nadya from The Fierce Diaries seems to spend as much time as me here!), the first series of MAKE events has started, allowing interesting, educated and experienced people to talk about their field, industry experience and what is happening in Dubai and inspire others.
Monday night saw the first MAKE Fashion event take place. An evening of conversation with Simon Lock – Fashion Week guru, Zayan Ghandour – creative soul and co-founder of s*uce & owner of fashion label Zayan and Micha Maatouk of Garderobe, a fantastic vintage clothing and accessories boutique in Dubai.
Opening the night was Simon Lock who spoke about his extensive experience in the fashion industry and his role in being instrumental in the founding of Australian Fashion Week and contributing in various capacities within the international fashion industry. Offering 21 tips for establishing a fashion brand, Simon spoke at length about what is needed to survive and MAKE it in the fashion industry.
Zayan Ghandour is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment following the launch of her electric range Zayan earlier this year. As co-founder of s*uce, a boutique synonymous with quirky style in the Middle East, s*uce stocks over 250 international designers including some of our favourite Irish designers including Helen Steele, Joanne Hynes and Natalie B Coleman.
Micha Maatouk, owner of Garderobe, has one of the most enviable resumes having started as a manager of Zara, moving onto launching boutiques like Jimmy Choo, Custo and Pucci in the Middle East, then to the ultimate job as boutique director for Chanel. A fashion trend with a worldwide following is vintage style, a void that was in Dubai’s fashion market, hence the creation of Garderobe, a store of vintage finds and pre-loved clothes and accessories in Dubai.
Having listened to some truly interesting presentations, tips and advice from these industry experts, a delightful 3 course meal was served up by Leith and the fantastic crew at MAKE. Fast becoming more than an urban cafe, the next installment of MAKE Fashion is definitely one for the diaries.
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