Start-up of the Week: Blending Western style with Saudi imagination

Updated 14 August 2018
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Start-up of the Week: Blending Western style with Saudi imagination

  • “The Uniform of Femininity” and “Roots” which is inspired by her Arabian roots
  • The sense of minimalism and modernity in its creation is what we are missing in our wardrobes!

With the fashion scene witnessing a rapid transformation in the Kingdom, many creative minds have come to the fore to prove their mettle. Young Saudis are enthusiastically launching their own lines of clothing brands and carving their own niche in the field of fashion designing.
One such brand is Re:Unite. It is a stylish contemporary fashion brand with a major emphasis on formal wear. Saudi fashion designer Noora Al-Harthi established the brand in Jeddah in early 2017.
“The idea behind my designs is to redesign men’s clothing and make them wearable for women. I give them a feminine touch,” Al-Harthi said.
Al-Harthi was inspired by her father’s style, watching him dress up to work in the 1980s, especially the sharp suits he used to don during that era. Her father also encouraged her to pursue a career in fashion designing. Another aspect that motivated her to join the fashion industry was the world-renowned fashion scene in Mayfair, London.
Al-Harthi studied fashion design at Liverpool Community College. She launched her clothing line soon after her graduation.
“I want women to feel confident and serious: When you put on a suit, you feel powerful,” she said.
The designer takes her work very seriously. She explained that “suits are not easy to make, they have to be precise in measurements and well-tailored.”
Re:Unite offers high-quality timeless tailoring, jackets, coats, shirts, pants and dresses.
Her collection includes “The Uniform of Femininity” and “Roots” which is inspired by her Arabian roots.
Pointing to the collection “Roots,” she said: “It has a European look, cut and everything, but I wanted to give it a Saudi touch.”
“What makes a suit strong is its accessories — I created custom-made buttons because I wanted them to look a little more Arabian to reflect the culture and heritage. I get inspired by Saudi Arabian-themed surroundings such as camels and tents,” she added.
RUH Magazine applauded Re:Unite’s designer for her creativity in minimalism and modernity in her designs by saying: “Hats off to you, Noora Al-Harthi for introducing us to modern contemporary tailoring and showing us how real formal wear is done. Re:Unite, a ready-to-wear formal wear brand, launched its first collection in January of this year. The sense of minimalism and modernity in its creation is what we are missing in our wardrobes!”
The fabrics she uses include cotton, crepe and wool.
Re:Unite is currently offering women’s clothes, but it is planning to expand its current line by offering men’s clothes.
The designer is also planning to open her store soon. People can find Re:Unite on Instagram @reuniteofficial to have a look at the products the brand has to offer.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s 1st flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.