E-tailer Namshi’s Ramadan edit is for the savvy shopper

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Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. (Supplied)
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Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. (Supplied)
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Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. (Supplied)
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Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. (Supplied)
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Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. (Supplied)
Updated 14 May 2019
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E-tailer Namshi’s Ramadan edit is for the savvy shopper

  • This year’s modest edit features everything from casual, comfortable daywear to the more exquisite and elaborate eveningwear
  • The line also features busy, psychedelic kaftans, complete with a mish mash of animal print and traditional geometric patterns

Namshi sure knows how to reel shoppers in.  This Ramadan, the Middle Eastern apparel site has been running a promotion called “Suhoor Surprises” where everyday a new offer is released that expires within 24 hours. And the offers have been good — we’ve come across 40 percent off premium brands one day; 40 percent off shoes on another. Then there was the extra 40 percent off sale pieces, meaning some items were available for up to 80% off.

So, be warned — shopping on there can get addictive.

When it comes to its collections, Namshi offers a range of high street-priced options, as well as a few designer duds. Delivering to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and more, the site is home to more than 800 international and local brands and we always love their annual Ramadan collections.

This year’s modest edit features everything from casual, comfortable daywear to the more exquisite and elaborate eveningwear for special iftar and suhoor occasions.

Local brand Haya’s Closet never fails to disappoint, with a collection of chic and demure abayas starting from $54.

With lace-edged options and pleats, embellishments and applique galore, it’s easy to find abaya options for the various events that creep up on you during the month. The label also offers chic abayas in shades other than black, with one beige, appliqued number standing out as particularly stylish.

The line also features busy, psychedelic kaftans, complete with a mish mash of animal print and traditional geometric patterns. The digitally printed silk fabric — which could get a little warm as temperatures climb — is embellished with tiny rhinestones for that extra sparkle.

For something even more colourful, Threadz features long and floaty maxi dresses with fun prints and patterns — the ankle-grazing hemlines and loose fits are perfect for evenings out in Ramadan.

The site also stocks a who’s who of shoes and accessories, which is ideal if you need a full look in a hurry. Whether it’s jewellery, watches or handbags, there’s a great variety of designers and brands to suit every budget, including Lost Ink, Ted Baker, Aldo and DKNY.


‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

Updated 25 May 2019
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‘Walk with a statement:’ The Nou Project announces new sneaker designs

  • The re-design came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy
  • The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition

DUBAI: Tucked away in Dubai’s artistic and cultural Alserkal Avenue, Saudi brand The Nou Project announced the latest re-design of its classic sneakers — the all-new ultra-low tops.

In a one-night only pop up in KAVE café, the brand’s founder, Nour Al-Tamimi, and co-designer, Basma Chidiac, announced the re-design that came in three new colorways: Grey, burgundy and navy.

“We want people to be able to walk with a statement,” Al-Tamimi told Arab News as she showed off her previous collections.

The pop up featured a 50 percent discount on all pairs, as well as two artists and a calligrapher available for buyers to customize any of the newly-bought sneakers. Tables topped with board games lined the space, while popcorn and cotton candy was also handed out­ to attendees.

With an environmental and sustainable mindset, the duo has invested heavily in the use of Micro Fiber material, which is also known as “Vegan Leather,” instead of actual leather. They are already known for their recycled rubber soles, a unique calling card for the edgy, homegrown brand.

Reported as the Kingdom’s first major sneaker brand, Al-Tamimi had no idea she would find such success when she started out.

“I had no idea this would become my life today,” Al-Tamimi said in a previous interview. “It’s exciting to be the first Saudi sneaker brand — that’s a milestone in itself.”

The Nou Project was launched with the aim to broaden the way art is consumed and support emerging artists by providing them with a platform to gain recognition — some of their sneakers feature striking and often thought-provoking artwork.

The new designs were created in collaboration with artists Nika Fontaine, Baron Von Fancy and Franz Klainsek who designed each pair with their unique style, ranging from street art to digital image manipulation and pop art.