TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 27 April 2018
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TheFace: Saudi-Argentine fashion designer Safiah Alaquil

I am a Saudi-Argentine fashion designer who was born in San Francisco, California.

Growing up, I studied in the US, Saudi Arabia and Argentina, before returning to California to obtain my undergraduate degree in psychology.

I feel very fortunate to come from such a diverse heritage.

I began traveling at an early age, which is probably why I love exploring, learning and being constantly on the move.

Through my travels, I learned that each country is culturally unique. Its people, their traditions, food and the arts constantly impact my growth and development.

Who am I?

I am a product of all the international experiences and exposure I have gained through the years.

With every country I visited, I realized what a powerful and humbling experience each was, and how they helped mold and develop me as a person.

The more I traveled, the more I wanted to give back. It was no longer enough for me to simply explore different cultures.

I wanted to understand them and contribute what I could back to society as a favor returned.

It was with this in mind that my fashion line Badawiah was born.  

 

 

Safiah Alaquil (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)


Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

Updated 7 min 46 sec ago
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Sweet victory as rising star wins Jeddah baking contest

  • More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations and 10 finalists were selected
  • The winner won various prices and will have the chance to create her own business with the help of sponsors

JEDDAH: A Saudi woman has won a prestigious home-baking competition after being encouraged to enter the contest by her daughter.

Reem Rida Khashoggi beat nine other finalists in the Jeddah-based Golden Whisk competition with one of the simplest desserts of the night — “petit four” biscuits served in a small box that drew unanimous praise from the judges on Sunday.

“I got into this competition through my daughter,” Khashoggi told Arab News after accepting the trophy. “She has pushed me to improve and convinced me to be a part of this.” 

The Golden Whisk competition was organized by Crate, a Jeddah concept store that encourages local entrepreneurs, along with Mariam Haddad, owner of a bakery in Crate and one of the judges. 

More than 120 women submitted a range of bakery creations for judging with 10 finalists chosen for Sunday’s showdown.

Khashoggi said she gained her baking experience by “randomly opening recipe books and studying recipes.”

“I started baking with petit four biscuits and the reaction I received from the people was amazing,” she said.

Her daughter, Heba Bakri, said was “beyond happy” to see her mother win. “I am so proud, she is a great person. Congratulations, mom. You deserve the best,” she added.

The competition finale was hosted by Abdulrahman Baaghil, co-creator of Jeddah Attractions, and judges Basma El-Khereiji, chef behind the Social Kitchen, and Raneen Joudah, a home baker, together with Haddad.

“I believe that it is an act of giving back to society by getting involved with small bakers, especially people who are just starting their careers,” said El-Khereiji. 

Contestants’ offerings were judged on taste, presentation, creativity and originality. 

The winner will have the chance to create her own business with the help of recognition from startup Bakery M, design services from Loud, shelf space at Crate, a range of products from Baker’s Choice and a SR1,500 voucher from Chef & Chef.