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.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.