Meet Lina Hamed, the designer behind ultra-luxury handbags

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The designer is known for her high-end handbags and luxurious finishes. (Supplied)
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Hamed is the founder of Analeena, which translates to “I am Lina,” the high-end label that was founded in 2009. (Supplied)
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The designer is known for her high-end handbags and luxurious finishes. (Supplied)
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Hamed is the founder of Analeena, which translates to “I am Lina,” the high-end label that was founded in 2009. (Supplied)
Updated 18 May 2019

Meet Lina Hamed, the designer behind ultra-luxury handbags

  • Hamed is the founder of Analeena, which translates to “I am Lina,” the high-end label that was founded in 2009
  • London is this designer’s city of choice and she lauds its many cultures

LONDON: Riyadh-born designer Lina Hamed sits at her drafting desk in her home in west London holding a delicate looking pen. She raises her head to look at the view from the window and comments that certain daylight is ideal for drawing.

Hamed is the founder of Analeena, which translates to “I am Lina,” the high-end label that was founded in 2009.

The label is stocked in London’s ultra-glamorous department store, Harrods — a good indicator of its luxurious designs.

Analeena’s focus on exotic leather — she is known for her use of crocodile, alligator and ostrich leather — and attention to detail is what sets the brand apart.

“My handbags are worn by the woman who understands luxury and appreciates quality,” she told Arab News.

 “I want the bags to have a long life and be passed down to the next generation. I have built in torches with chargers inside the bags and bag hangers inside each bag,” she said, referring to her now famous secret pockets and hideaways for trinkets.  

London is this designer’s city of choice and she lauds its many cultures.  

“London is a very rich city with many cultures,” she said with fondness.

Hamed has a message for young designers who are starting out in the field.

“Focus on what you want to achieve. Don’t waste time thinking about the competition, there will always be someone new.”

Analeena’s designs have been spotted on the likes of Blake Lively’s “Gossip Girl” character on the much-loved TV show, as well as celebrities Dita Von Teese and Molly Sims.


Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

British author Nadiya Hussain among guests at the 2020 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. (Photo: AFP)
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Award-winning writers coming to Dubai for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  • The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever
  • The literature event will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof

DUBAI: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature is back, and it’s bigger than ever. Kicking off on Feb. 4 until 9 at the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, the annual event has an exciting program lined up for the region’s bookworms.

The festival will bring together an array of celebrated names in the literature world under one roof, including TV presenter, cook and bestselling author Nadiya Hussain, explorer Ranulph Fiennes, visual artist and children’s book author, Oliver Jeffers and TV astronomer and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. What’s more, the UAE’s first Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansouri will also make an appearance.

Ahlam Bolooki, the festival director for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature said in an official press statement: “With the stellar line-up for the 2020 Festival, there is no better place to search for the answers, whatever your question may be. We have writers to entertain, inspire, challenge and excite people from all walks of life and of all ages.”

Tickets will be on sale to the public from Nov. 14.