We are champions of homegrown labels - unique designs that are born and crafted locally - and it's helped to put Dubai on the design map. Currently on our radar are these three local handbag labels that even celebs are loving. Well, if they’re good enough for Emily Ratajkowski and Kylie Jenner, then they’re good enough for us.
Structured yet malleable, the soft leather handbags by HALM embody understated luxury. Developed by Hanna Ransjö, and later joined by Hannah Louise Brewer, the Stockholm-English Dubai-based brand gathers inspiration from art, culture, and travels. Their line borrows a laid-back feel from the Scandinavian aesthetic, adhering to the current wave of minimalism and lending it a touch of timelessness. Crafted in pure leather, HALM produces handcrafted totes rendered in sand and rust, while giving you an option of envelope clutches in unusual hues of Moroccan blue.
Spotted on: Oumayma Elboumeshouli and Karen Wazen Bakhazi
Transcending trends and fads, Amanda Navai’s handbags are designed to be timeless. Crafted in ethically sourced exotic python skin, the bags put a focus on the visual and tactile texture of the hide. Featuring gold fixtures and fittings, the finer details elevate the already luxurious handbags into statement pieces. From practical laptop carriers to boxy micro bags that are perfect for the PM, Navai has also amalgamated luxury with contemporary silhouettes to create belt bags and backpacks. Choose from classic black and white, earthy mustard and moss to an injection of citrus hues.
Spotted On: Jessica Alba and Celine Dion, Emily Ratajkowski.