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(Heba Al Hassan)

Here is an interview I did with a friend/Bahraini fashion designer Heba Al Hassan that I wanted to share with you.  She has her own unique sense of style and her designs can best be described as traditional fabrics in boho chic designs.  She is a spirited fun character and someone very dear. I am so proud of you Hebsters 🙂

1. How did you get into designing clothes?

When I was living in NYC studying Fashion I was so inspired by the fashion world that was all around me ~ NYC being one of the fashion capitals of the world. So when I came back to Bahrain in 2002 I started designing my own clothes. I had made myself a Ramadan Funky Jalabiya in Ramadan from gitrah fabric (Which I am still renowned for), and got my very first order from Muna Fakhro. When Formula One was coming to Bahrain for the first time I got so excited, and in one month created my very first 250 piece novelty-gitrah/t-shirt fabvric collection.. It had tops, dresses, shirts…Mash’Allah it was a Huge Success, and added so much love and meaning to my life!

2. What inspires you when you start a collection?

I get my inspiration from anywhere honestly…whether it be the latest designer or a flower in nature..but always always I am true to one thing ~ Retro boho chic. I am boho to the core. I love the 1960’s -70’s era of fashion..the colors, the comfort, the hip cool look of it all!

3. How long does it take to get a collection out?

It all depends…in the beginning my pieces were much more simple so I could get away with a couple of months of hard-work…now with the added handwork it takes almost a year to work on…I used very intricate hand-made embroidery in my last Ramadan Collection…very time consuming but gorgeous Mash’Allah in its intricate detailing…it’s like a work of are ~ Hand-work!

4. Describe the Women who wears your designs?

The clothes I design are timeless pieces. I always follow the trends in terms of shapes, cut, and colors, but there is something about the pieces that doesn’t make them stuck to a certain season. They are extremely feminine, and non-constraining. They have a bygone era feel about them.Therefore the women who are attracted to my clothes are the more free-spirited (boho), and young at heart sorts..My clothes are very fun, and spirited. They are conservative, yet attract attention in their uniqueness. So I guess you have to be the kind of woman who is not afraid of being a wall-flower;)

5. Where can we get your designs?

I have a small quaint shop called Darjee tailor-House which is burrowed in the magical side of Umm Al-Hassam. I chose this location for the very reason that it is homey and cosy. It allows me the relaxation of being able to create without being disturbed. I have annual collections which one can choose from, and I design as per order. I welcome everyone with open arms, and enjoy working with all sorts of back-grounds..makes the challenge of creativity much more exciting!

6. Whose style do you admire?

I definitely am a boho Queen at heart. I admire any woman who is not a slave to fashion. A woman who can mix different pieces, and come up with her own style. From the past I adore Brigette Bardott, and from the modern day stars..her modern counter-part Sienna Miller. I love Nicole Richie and Kate Moss too:)

7. If you could do anything else other than designing what would you do?

That’s a funny question, because like a kid in a candy shop…My ideologies keep changing. I am always me..artistic and free-spirited, but where I am at keeps definitely changing. If I could go back…I definitely would have gotten a degree in special needs. Back then, there wasn’t this increase in autism as we see it now. I would have loved to have a degree in special needs. I love and adore children, and believe these kids are so so so special, and would of loved the honor to work with them. Insh’Allah I still will be able to have this chance. It’s never too late. Also…don’t laugh..but I am fascinated with Dolphins..I would so have loved to be a part-time Dolphin Trainer! Nowadays I am tapping into Healing. I have discovered Al-Hamdulil’Allah that I am energetically intuned..and this is something which can allow me to connect and help other people. I am definitely looking into it:)

*images belong to darjee

Head down to Amwaj and join them in the markets season finale this Saturday, April 2nd.   Great bargains, delicious food, lively music, and children’s entertainment await you. Don’t miss it!!

 

If you are mad about vintage of the true kind like I am (hate it when the word is used loosely) then the best thing to do when you are in London is to check out The Vintage Guide to London

I was lucky to attend the London Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Accessories Fair which described by many as “the Rolls Royce of the Vintage Fashion Fairs” and THE FIRST & THE BEST Vintage Fashion Fair in London – established in 1999.  This fair takes place approx every 4-5 weeks with over 100 stands, so if you miss one it won’t be the last.  They had everything there and can it can be overwhelming.  I went with my hubby which probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do since I like to browse, take my time, touch things and think of their origins etc where hubby wants me to go have a look and leave 🙂 He’s a man after all and shopping is never the ideal scenario for any man but the fact that he wanted to come with me to a vintage fair he gets bonus points for that.

The few hours I did get to spend there was great! I got to see Christian Dior, Ossie Clark, BIBA vintage clothes and much much more.. The best part of visiting these fairs is getting to do what I love best; people watching.  You get all sorts of people attending these fairs and some very very dedicated to the 50’s retro era.  Half the time it felt like I was standing next to extras from Mad Men and all that was left was to see Don Drapper himself! 🙂

The next date for this event is the 5th of Dec, or just check out the organisers for their up coming event dates.

xoxo

notice the BIBA 🙂 all BIBA items here …. (droool)

 

 

*images belong to electric firefly

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