Today marks International Women’s Day, a day solely dedicated to recognizing women. To celebrate, we shine a light on triumphant Arab women in the fashion industry who channel their influence and talent towards supporting their sisters by way of charities and initiatives. From world record-breakers and charity supporters to non-profit organization founders, we highlight inspiring women that strive to give back. HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saud A trailblazer in her own right, HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al Saudis the CEO of luxury retail company Alfa and oversees Harvey Nichols in Riyadh—a department store where she initiated the hiring of female employees. HRH Princess Reema is also the founder of the luxury accessories label, Baraboux, and she is a staunch supporter of 10KSA—a breast cancer campaign that aims to raise awareness and funds for the Zahra Breast Cancer Association. The initiative set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for the largest pink ribbon formed by women.
Nour Najem Lebanese fashion designer Nour Najem is more than just the founder of her eponymous label—she’s the creator behind her own non-profit organization calledKenzah Foundation. With an aim to preserve endangered artisanal crafts in the region and transmitting the know-how of these crafts to underprivileged women, Kenzah Foundation’s artisanal designs are incorporated in Najem’s collections.
Tala Hajjar Tala Hajjar understands the hardship of young, emerging designers trying to make names for themselves in the fashion industry. Along with her co-founder, designerRabih Kayrouz, the Lebanese native launched Starch. The non-profit organization selects a number of designers under its wing for a year to help each develop his/her collections, branding, and distribution. Sahar Wehbe She’s the brainchild behind her adorable UAE-based, bespoke, handmade doll company called Dumyé that’s threaded with a heartwarming, charitable twist. For each doll purchased, another doll is gifted to an orphan or an underprivileged child, who will then have the opportunity to create their own Dumyé doll at a workshop. Razan Alazzouni Saudi designer Razan Alazzouni is known for her ethereal, embroidered designs and is a strong supporter of giving back. Her capsule collection “Threads by Razan Alazzouni” is comprised of one-off kaftan designs that stand out for supporting a charitable cause. For each piece sold from the capsule collection, the designer donates another kaftan to charity. Ayah Tabari Palestinian designer Ayah Tabari is the founder of her brand, Mochi, a name that’s built on the concept of supporting stitching communities around the world. Tabari’s designs are brought to life through the use of ethnic fabrics from different locations. Each collection supports a community and creates job opportunities for women that specialize in the artisanal craft of traditional weaving. Sarah Beydoun Sarah Beydoun, the designer and founder behind Sarah’s Bag, works alongside female prisoners and ex-prisoners in Lebanon. Beydoun designs the bags before the inmates and women who have completed serving their sentences create them employing artisan-trained techniques.