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.


Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)
Updated 21 October 2019

Mariah Carey champions Dubai-based designer at Expo 2020 party

DUBAI: Mariah Carey stepped out in a gorgeous gown by Dubai-based designer Furne One, founder of Amato Couture, as crowds gathered at Burj Park on Sunday night to mark the one-year countdown to Expo 2020.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. She has been spotted in one of Amato Couture’s gowns before, at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year when she wore a black sequinned number.

One is a couturier from the Philippines and his dresses are a hit with some of the biggest female celebrities in the worlds including Shakira, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

Carey sparkled in a full-length studded dress featuring intricate patterns and Swarovski crystals. (Mohammed Fawzy/Arab News)

“I started sketching dresses at around 10 years old and continued until I went to college,” the designer told Arab News. “As a boy, I would keep everything to myself and spend most of my time alone with my imagination, sketching away dresses. As I grew older, I became a little rebellious. In time, I grew out of that phase and started focusing on my career and become a successful designer."

His big break came when he won a major fashion design competition in 1994 that was judged by a famous Filipino-US designer Josie Natori. “The moment it happened, she took me under her wing and brought me to Paris and New York to work for her as an apprentice because she saw potential in me."

He won first prize at Japan’s Women Wear Awards that same year and, three years later, stood out as a finalist at Manila’s Fashion Design Awards.

Carey, who is 49, sang some of her greatest hits songs including “Emotion” and “We Belong Together” to an enthusiastic audience who braved the heat and humidity of the outdoor venue.

Expo 2020, which runs for six months and begins next October, is to be held at a vast new site in the south of Dubai. Organizers are expecting around 25 million visitors.