Artisanship articles

In photos: Fashioning jewelry

In photos: Fashioning jewelry

Reading Time: < 1 minute Established in 1964, Yeprem is named after its founder Yeprem Chakardemian and is now run by his children, two of whom are the jewelry house’s designers. Yeprem is known for its use of celebrity endorsements to market its luxury designs. Yeprem not only designs the jewelry but also has its own atelier, housed in the company

Modernizing tradition

Reading Time: 5 minutes Nada Debs is famed for her luxury line of furniture and home accessories which blends the minimalist and modern design styles of Japan and the West with traditional Middle Eastern craftsmanship. This successful combination did not come easy for Debs, who views her career path as the culmination of her quest to mix the many

Flooring the competition

Reading Time: 4 minutes When you walk into any Lebanese home built between the early 1880s and the 1940s, the first thing you are likely to notice are the intricately designed and colorful terrazzo handmade tiles underneath your feet. In a time before carpets were fashionable, these cement tiles were the chic way to give a home a unique

King of diamonds

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Lebanese jewelers’ Achilles’ heel is their lack of creativity and originality,” explains Selim Mouzannar, a leading Lebanese jewelry designer, when asked about the main challenges local designers face. Throughout his career, Mouzannar has challenged this weakness, becoming internationally recognized for his designs, under his own name. Mouzannar comes from a long line of well established

Luxury from behind bars

Reading Time: 6 minutes While doing research for her master’s thesis on women and prostitution at Saint Joseph University in 2000, Sarah Beydoun probably never thought she would end up being the creative director and founder of Sarah’s Bag — a high end handmade brand of handbags and fashion accessories. The business currently employs 200 underprivileged women, has its

Giving up on local artisans

Reading Time: 5 minutes After 10 years of collaborations with various Lebanese craftsmen, Karen Chekerdjian — a well known luxury furniture and home accessories designer based in Lebanon — is about to give up on the country’s craftsmanship. She is seriously considering outsourcing her designs to be produced abroad. Chekerdjian started her career abroad, as a designer working for big

Leather master

Reading Time: 5 minutes After a 20 year career designing leather goods in New York, Johnny Farah permanently moved back to Lebanon in 1996 and plans to stay here, for better or worse. Executive sat down with him to learn more about his experience working with leather and hardware craftspeople who produce his luxury leather bags, shoes and belts,

Crafting luxury

Reading Time: 7 minutes In the first century, the name Sidon meant something. The city is believed by scholars to be the birthplace of glassblowing, and it had a reputation for fine glasswork throughout the Roman Empire. In “Roman Mold-blown Glass: The First Through Sixth Centuries,” author E. Marianne Stern writes that evidence of Sidon’s fame exists today in

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Feet not falling

Reading Time: 2 minutes The living is not easy for Beirut’s luxury retailers this summer. When adjusted for inflation, retail sales figures have been falling since the third quarter of 2012, according to an index put out by the Beirut Traders Association (BTA) and Fransabank. Nicolas Chammas, the association’s president, tells Executive that the luxury sector has been particularly