Startup of the Week: Jeddah’s Gypsy Accessories taking inspiration from natural surroundings and modern trends

Updated 08 October 2019

Startup of the Week: Jeddah’s Gypsy Accessories taking inspiration from natural surroundings and modern trends

  • Gypsy Accessories has successfully created two main collections

JEDDAH: Bohemian style is a popular look among artistic individuals and for the free-spirited, Gypsy Accessories offers all the right added extras to stay in vogue.
The handmade accessories brand was started in Jeddah three years ago by Malikah Alimam, a 25-year-old Syrian architect with a lifelong passion for arts and handicrafts.
“The story of it goes back to my childhood. I had an enormous interest in collecting jewelry pieces and re-designing my own jewelry,” she told Arab News.
As she grew up, Alimam collected unique materials and items from countries she visited to create expressive and distinctive art works. “Later in 2016, me and my loving mom, Zain, decided to open our online store Gypsy Accessories and with the support of family we turned a passion into a small business.”
The store provides individual boho-urban pieces made with top-quality craftsmanship. “We focus on high-quality natural materials as I consider it a part of Gypsy’s vision and message as a brand,” she said.
With the natural world the inspiration behind all the products, stones used include agate, quartz, jasper and more. “Silver and natural wood are essential materials in our designs too. Our aim is to use Gypsy designs as a symbol of each person’s connection to nature.
“We want all the adventurous spirits looking to discover nature to always carry a symbol of it with them,” added Alimam.
The founder said the handcrafted style of each piece showed a “respect for raw natural materials. This for me is what gives the style its uniqueness.”
Gypsy Accessories has successfully created two main collections. Inspired by outer space, Alimam worked on her Sayyar collection for a long time. “Outer space with all its greatness is something that has amazed me since forever,” she said. “We’ve always looked at this enormous universe with our small human eye as if it is very far away and different from us, when it’s actually not.”
Alimam tried to find a connection between humans and faraway planets “by relating the physical characteristics of planets to the different personalities of humans, so that humans feel more connected to the universe.” Her 2019 Eid collection celebrated different natural stones such as amber and marble which have been used as unique middle pieces in necklaces.
“Other than the Sayyar and Eid collections, some have focused on the beauty of a certain material, such as the Fabric collection, and others on a design element like in the Blacked collection, which was inspired from the simplicity of a thin black line.”
Keep up with Gypsy Accessories on Instagram (@gypsy.hm). The online store makes deliveries in Jeddah and there are plans in the pipeline to distribute internationally.


KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal Bin Farhan al Saud delivers a speech during the opening of the UN Human Rights Council's main annual session on February 24, 2020 in Geneva. (AFP)
Updated 13 July 2020

KSA highlights support for Bosnia massacre victims

  • The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia participated in the 25th anniversary memorial of the Srebrenica genocide that took place in July 1995.
Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah delivered the Kingdom’s speech via video conference.
He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sefik Dzaferovic, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and dignitaries who were participating in the event.
The minister affirmed that Saudi Arabia stood side by side with its brothers, the families of the victims of the massacre.
He said: “Our participation on behalf of Saudi Arabia, its leaders, government, and people, is a humanitarian and moral obligation that the Saudi leadership stands by every year.”
The minister added that King Salman continued to support and stand by Bosnia and Herzegovina, further confirming the unique and friendly relations between the two countries.