Celebrity-approved piercer Maria Tash to open boutique in Kuwait

US actress Zoe Kravitz sporting Maria Tash jewelry. (AFP)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Celebrity-approved piercer Maria Tash to open boutique in Kuwait

  • The jeweler has announced that it will be cutting the ribbon on a brand new store in Kuwait

DUBAI: Shortly after celebrity favorite jeweler and piercer Maria Tash opened a luxury boutique in The Dubai Mall in 2018, which became the brand’s second-ever freestanding location outside of its flagship store in New York City, the jeweler has announced that it will be cutting the ribbon on a brand new store in the Middle East.  

“We did two pop-ups in Kuwait in 2016 that were very successful,” recalled Tash of her first foray into the Middle East with Arab News. “I was thrilled to find that there is a deep appreciation of luxury and very high taste levels in Kuwait,” she adds. And following a few pop-ups here and there, the jeweler has decided to officially launch a permanent space in the Gulf country.

The reason for choosing to open the brand’s second location in the GCC in just a span of two years is down to consumer demands. “The success of our Dubai store coupled with the demand from Middle Eastern clients made Kuwait the natural choice for expansion in the region,” explains the celebrity-loved piercer whose jewelry has adorned the lobes of Rihanna, Zoe Kravitz and Blake Lively to name a few.


The Maria Tash Kuwait flagship will open its doors in mid-April 2020. Supplied

The Maria Tash Kuwait flagship will open its doors in mid-April 2020. Supplied

The 2,000 sq ft space will be situated on the ground floor in Prestige at The Avenues Kuwait, and will feature one women’s-only lounge for clients who value privacy. Additionally, there will be a wide selection of the designer’s dainty fine jewelry, which comprises ear, nose and navel piercings in 14k and 18k yellow, white and rose gold. Meanwhile, an expert team of stylists will be in-store to advise clients on the most flattering look based on their unique ear anatomy.

The new flagship will begin welcoming jewelry lovers in mid-April, when it’s slated to open.

 “I always envisioned to launch in Kuwait which makes this store opening very exciting for me,” shares Tash. “This opening is an important step to building our presence in the Middle East.”

Tash first founded her label and piercing studio in New York City in 1993 and has gone to be stocked in noted department stores, such as London’s Harrods and Liberty.


Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim undergoes 6-hour surgery after Beirut explosion 

Updated 05 August 2020

Lebanese actress Nadine Njeim undergoes 6-hour surgery after Beirut explosion 

DUBAI: Lebanese actress Nadine Nassib Njeim revealed on Instagram that she underwent a six-hour surgery after a massive explosion ripped through Beirut on Tuesday, killing over 100 people and injuring thousands. 

“Half my face and my body were covered in blood,” said Njeim, who lives close to the port area where the explosion happened, captioning a video – shot by someone else – of her damaged apartment.

“I thank God first, who saved my life. The explosion was close, and the scenes you see do not do it justice. If you visit the house and see the blood everywhere, you would be surprised as to how we are still alive,” the star, who has two children, wrote captioning the clip that shows shattered glass, cracked walls and broken furniture strewn all over her living room.

According to her post, the star went down 22 floors, barefoot and covered in blood and sought help from a man who was in his car. 

“He dropped me to the nearest hospital, but they refused to admit me because they were packed with wounded people,” she said. “He dropped me to another hospital where they immediately took me in and I underwent a six-hour operation.” 

The 36-year-old actress said her children were not home and are “fine and safe.”

Multiple Lebanese celebrities have also taken to social media to share videos of their destroyed homes. 

Singer Haifa Wehbe shared, on her Instagram Stories, clips of the destruction that ravaged her home. “We are all okay thank God. My house is next to the explosion,” she wrote to her followers before asking them to keep her house helper, who got injured in her head and eyes, in their prayers.

Clips circulated on social media of Lebanese fashion designer Dalida Ayach, who is also the wife of singer Ramy Ayach, in the hospital being treated for her injuries. 

Singer Elissa, who recently released a new album, took to Twitter to share pictures of the aftermath of the explosion. “It affected the metals and the properties this time, but who will bring back the dead? Who will bring back Beirut?” the star wrote.

Singer Ragheb Alama’s house also got destroyed, but luckily, he and his family were on a trip outside the city.

The ateliers of renowned Lebanese designers have also been ruined, including Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Ralph Masri’s flagship stores.

Taking to his Stories, Kayrouz shared videos of the damage caused by the explosion to his atelier. “Our courageous team trying to save… what could be saved!” the designer captioned one clip of one of the atelier workers pulling out clothing from the debris.