Quarantine Chronicles: Hakima Al Said

In this new series, the Middle East's creative community invite Grazia into their homes to share the challenges and triumphs of their social-distancing experience and hopes for the future
Quarantine Chronicles: Hakima Al Said

Hakima Al Said reminds us to check in on our friends and family, and hopes we continue to care for one another beyond COVID-19

Hakima Al Said, founder of fine jewellery brand HAK The Label, uses her international upbringing in Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and Europe in inform her designs, and to foster empathy with all cultures, a quality we have never needed more.

How are you finding the transition to a new way of working/life?
For me, the transition hasn’t been too hard. I’m enjoying the slower pace which means I have more time to be creative and to complete projects that have been on hold. Thankfully I am in a safe atmosphere so I’m mentally at ease. I treat myself to my daily matcha and have ditched my desktop for my laptop so I can work outdoors in the garden as much as possible.

What have been the biggest challenges?
The most significant is reevaluating previously set deadlines while having to put projects on hold for the safety of all involved. Saying this, the situation has made us all work and be creative to find new ways of hitting those goals.

What's been the most pleasant surprise?
Working together and seeing the kindness and support that everyone is showing each other. Also, reconnecting with people I haven't communicated with in a long time and just finding new and inspiring ways to connect and create.

Hakima Al Said's matcha is her daily treat

What are your hopes for the future?
I hope that we come out of this healthy and stronger than before. I believe this is a time for regeneration. Change is always difficult but experiencing hard times is what steers us in a new direction and leads us to something better. I also hope we commit to caring for one another while striving to be inspired.

What message do you have for Grazia readers?
This won’t last forever, so in the meantime take care, be positive and stay home if possible. Make sure to check in on your friends and family and enjoy the peace and slower pace of this new normal.

Photos: Courtesy of Hakima Al Said