Startup of the Week: Label offers contemporary wear with a touch of tradition

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Updated 28 April 2020

Startup of the Week: Label offers contemporary wear with a touch of tradition

  • Al-Khereiji started her business in 2010, and is thinking of expanding her business globally

Waela Collection (@waelacollection) is a Riyadh-based contemporary ready-to-wear label for those seeking the latest fashion but with a touch of tradition.
“I try to combine elegant yet practical designs that we can wear not only during the month of Ramadan, but throughout the year and even while traveling,” Waela Al-Khereiji told Arab News. “My designs are inspired by international fashion designs while preserving our religious identity.”
Al-Khereiji, who is the owner of Waela Collection, had a passion for fashion design from a young age.
“I studied at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, majoring in special children studies, but I didn’t find myself very passionate about this field. So I decided to enroll in fashion courses at the London College of Fashion and attended courses in Riyadh.”
She first started selling ready-made clothes that were designed by others but, after a while, felt the urge to design clothes that represented her identity and culture. Her family and friends supported the idea and she took the decision to start her own fashion line.
Al-Khereiji started her business in 2010, and is thinking of expanding her business globally. “Of course, I went through many stages and experiences until I got to where I am now. Since the beginning of my project the most important thing for me was choosing the right and best materials suitable for our climate. Our market is flooded with cheap and bad materials so I usually choose cotton fabrics and linen.”
The designer is targeting Arab and Gulf women in particular. She said her designs were practical and casual and could be worn everywhere — at work and when traveling. “It is also possible to wear them at parties as well.”
She said it was difficult to be a designer in Saudi Arabia because she had to do everything herself, from designing the dress to drawing the sketch or pattern and sewing it.
“Abroad there are special companies and places for each step,” she explained. “In addition, if I want to be unique, I have to import the fabrics from abroad so that they are exclusive and original.”
She was grateful for receiving many words of encouragement, and although pleasing customers was a priority it was also a hard thing to achieve.
Al-Khereiji said she and a group of designers were lucky this year because they started the season with a huge exhibition in Riyadh. “It was very successful, unfortunately, other exhibitions were postponed and canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, there is huge online demand due to the current circumstances.”


Saudi Shoura Council convenes session online to tackle various measures

Updated 02 June 2020

Saudi Shoura Council convenes session online to tackle various measures

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh convened a session of the council online on Monday during which it approved proposals to amend and finance the system to combat terrorism, said Assistant Speaker Dr. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Samaan.

Al-Samaan said the council also called on the General Accounting Bureau to expedite work on the recovery of state dues.

The council, he said, approved the draft system of the Tourism Development Fund.

It also called on the Ministry of Economy and Planning to publish  digital indicators for the performance of different sectors and regional sustainable development. The Shoura Council urged the ministry to release economic indicators regularly.