Kendall, Kylie Jenner choose Abu Dhabi for their fashion label’s first-ever store

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Updated 16 September 2020

Kendall, Kylie Jenner choose Abu Dhabi for their fashion label’s first-ever store

DUBAI: Reality television stars and entrepreneurs Kendall and Kylie Jenner are set to open their joint fashion label’s very first stand-alone flagship store in the world — and it’s in Abu Dhabi.

The new Kendall + Kylie boutique will open its doors at Abu Dhabi’s The Galleria Al Maryah Island, alongside a slew of luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, Fendi and more.

Following in the footsteps of other fashion sister acts – Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (The Row) and Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) – the duo launched their eponymous contemporary womenswear label in 2015 with a collection of dresses, jumpsuits, trench coats as well as footwear and swimwear.

However, their foray into the fashion industry began several years before that. In 2012, the sisters teamed up with Pacsun on a number of collections. They also collaborated with Topshop on a series of capsules exclusive to the British retailer.

Meanwhile, Kendall is an in-demand model in the industry, having walked for virtually every designer you can think of as well as having appeared in a number of highly coveted campaigns and editorials.

With a combined following of more than 360 million social media users who aim to emulate their distinctive styles, launching their own fashion brand was a strategic business move for the sister duo.

Although Kendall + Kylie is available for purchase in various online e-tailers, such as Revolve, the forthcoming flagship in Abu Dhabi is set to be the brand’s first physical space.

UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

Updated 28 September 2020

UK to return looted Sumerian artifact to Iraq

  • Temple plaque found in online auction spotted by experts at British Museum
  • Thought to have been stolen from Tello in southern Iraq, site of ancient city of Girsu

LONDON: An ancient artifact that may have been looted before being smuggled to the UK is set to return to Iraq.

The item is a Sumerian temple plaque featuring the seated figure of a high priest or ruler, carved from limestone and dating from around 2400 BC.

It will be sent to Iraq, where it is thought to have originated, after it was spotted for sale and seized by police in 2019 following a tip off by experts at the British Museum in London.

The plaque will be put on display to the public for the next two months at the museum before its repatriation.

Prior to its discovery, no record of the plaque was found in any official record or museum inventory, lending credence to the theory that it may have been looted.

It bears physical resemblances to other Sumerian artifacts discovered at Girsu, one of the world’s oldest known settlements, at modern-day Tello in southern Iraq.

Girsu, originally excavated by French archaeologists from the late 19th century, has also been the focus of researchers from the British Museum in recent years. Even now, only a small part of the site has been successfully excavated.

The trade in stolen and smuggled items of huge value from the Middle East is lucrative, and a constant source of dialogue between the British Museum and international police forces hunting stolen goods.

“We’re used to coming across tablets, pots, metalwork, seals and figurines on the art market or in seizures that have been trafficked. But it’s really exceptional to see something of this quality,” said Dr. St. John Simpson, the museum’s senior curator.

“There are only about 50 examples of these known from ancient Mesopotamia. So that immediately places it on the high-rarity scale,” he added.

“We can be fairly sure that this object comes from the Sumerian heartland. That is the area that got very badly looted between the 1990s and 2003.”

Christopher Wren of TimeLine Auctions, where the plaque was spotted for sale by Simpson’s colleague Sebastien Rey, admitted that it was possible that it had been looted from Iraq. 

“The vendor, who had casually and innocently acquired it from a German arts fair some years ago, was horrified to hear this and immediately volunteered to renounce any claim to ownership and expressed the wish that it be returned to its place of origin,” Wren said.

“The piece is not documented as having been looted and is not listed on any database, so it did not show on the checks undertaken by us.”

Mohammad Jaafar Al-Sadr, Iraq’s ambassador to the UK, said: “We extend our gratitude to the British Museum staff for their efforts and cooperation with us.”