H&M debuts first collaboration with Arab designer

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Updated 20 July 2020

H&M debuts first collaboration with Arab designer

DUBAI: Swedish retail giant H&M has teamed up with Lebanese womenswear designer Sandra Mansour on a range of ruffled dresses, tailored trousers and eye-catching accessories for its first-ever collaboration with an Arab designer.  

The collection, titled “Fleur du Soleil,” is set to hit shelves in select H&M stores as well as online on August 6. 

“As a woman, I am proud. As a Lebanese, I am proud. As a designer, I am also very proud. I’m proud to present to you the Fleur Du Soleil collection, and my wonderful journey collaborating with H&M,”⁣ wrote the Beirut-based designer on Instagram of the collaboration.  

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To say this is emotional, is to say the least. ⁣ ⁣ This campaign and collaboration coming into fruition and my ability to share it with all of you, is beyond measure. ⁣ ⁣ As a woman, I am proud. As a Lebanese, I am proud. As a designer, I am also very proud. I’m proud to present to you the Fleur Du Soleil collection, and my wonderful journey collaborating with H&M. ⁣ ⁣ October 2019 was the start of a rollercoaster, from my Country’s upheaval to a New Year filled with world wide struggle - it is a miracle of great team effort and love that this project came to life. ⁣ ⁣ I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I, and the entire Sandra Mansour x H&M Teams enjoyed making it. This is a project like no other for me. One filled with so much heart and dedication. ⁣ ⁣ To the entire Fleur Du Soleil team, I will forever hold you in my heart. This is finally happening, and we finally get to share it with the world. ⁣ ⁣ Lots of love & light,⁣ S.M. ⁣ ⁣ The collection will be available in selected stores worldwide & online, starting August 6th 2020. ⁣ #SandraMansourxhm Thank you @malaikaholmen @hm

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“I hope all of you enjoy it as much as I, and the entire Sandra Mansour x H&M teams enjoyed making it. This is a project like no other for me. One filled with so much heart and dedication,” she added.

H&M is known for its designer collaborations. Mansour follows in the footsteps of a long list of high-profile designer collaborators from the late Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 to Olivier Rousteing in 2015 and Humberto Leon and Carol Lim of Kenzo in 2016.


What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

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Updated 08 August 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Cheese Taste

  • One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision

Looking at the Cheese Taste shop in Al-Safa district, Jeddah, I never expected the delicious treats that waited inside. It looks like a regular small-scale bakery, but stepping into the little shop and trying out their products was a new discovery.
Their pastries are of high quality and presented to visitors in two different sizes. The variety is mind-blowing — everything from plain chocolate cakes to carrot cakes.
Their carrot cakes are some of the best I have had. One of my other favorites is their strawberry tarts, which are a perfect combination of a crisp base, a creamy-smooth filling and glazed strawberries.
One of the best things about the shop is how well they treat their customers, offering to let them try different things while the visitor comes to a final decision.
The prices are also very low — amazing because they don’t reflect the quality of the products.