Only in DXB: high street brands and the tailors

Cyril Zammit/Dubai
Filed on March 12, 2016

Lina El Saheb, Managing Partner of Hint Hunt Dubai. Supplied photo

I don’t shop online, no, zero. I need to see and feel the fabric. I like to mix up my wardrobe. So I go to Satwa and Deira to look for fabrics.

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“There’s no doubt about it – Dubai is definitely the shopping capital in the GCC. You can find everything here, from super expensive to very affordable. And that’s why the city is such a platform of convergence – a phrase I use for Design Days Dubai; but it applies as much for Dubai. You can really create your own style in this city, one piece from here, one piece from there.

I have quite a few favourite shops in Dubai. I travel a fair bit. But at least 40 per cent of my wardrobe is from Dubai. It’s a pity that (the store) Mahani – between Emirates Towers – has shut down. They used to have really unique clothes. Of my current favourites, I like Carven in Citywalk, and I like Hackett. I try to not go to malls too much because I get overwhelmed in crowded spaces for more than 30 minutes. But I went to Dubai Mall last week and spent half-an-hour there. I went at 10 am on a Friday morning. I knew exactly what I wanted, I knew the colours, so I tried on the trousers, made the marks for alteration, and I was out of there.

If I am in a good mood, and if I have a bit of time, I might rely on shopping assistants, after first testing them to see if they’re giving me honest feedback or just trying to make a sale.

I don’t shop online, no, zero. I need to see and feel the fabric. I like to mix up my wardrobe. So I go to Satwa and Deira to look for fabrics. You get different flavours, different options, and you find some amazing stuff. I also go to Sharjah and Ajman to have a look around. I have a tailor who can make me stuff, and even make alterations on some designer stuff. Often people are impatient with tailors, but a good one can make all the difference. You can try something that’s not too much of a risk. Maybe give him copy a favourite shirt and see how it turns out. It helps really create your own style. The idea is to be comfortable, and happy. If you wear something you like, it’s timeless.”

(As told to Nivriti Butalia)

Cyril is from France. He’s the fair director, Design Days Dubai.

He’s lived in Dubai since 2011.

Source : Khaleej Times

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