How is your multicultural background an influence?
My mother is as English as you get and my father is of Iraqi decent. Your whole life is about the training of the eye. The more you see and are exposed to changes and cultivate a vision. I’m so grateful for my a-typical upbringing. The colors and smells in Bahrain are an anomaly back in Europe. I remember these women who wore the chicest outfits under their Burka, but nobody could see it. That is definitely a kind of elegance. At the end of the day, life is about being open. Style comes in so many shapes and packages.
Where do you see the brand going over the next few years?
For me more than anything, it’s about global expansion and going into lifestyle. I would love to do accessories and homes. I am very inspired by interiors. One of my prints this season is inspired by faded wallpaper. I want to expand in a sustainable way too, so I can take it slow.
Which designers do you admire?
Stella McCartney is formidable. I love that she has four children and a husband. She is passionate about so many things, and all her dedication to the environment. She is an incredible woman. In terms of designers, I love Pheobe Philo. She has a Midas touch. All those accessories at Celine just amazing! I only wear my own label though.
You are 25 and married and running your own company. Are you ever overwhelmed?
My husband has his own company too, so we are both very entrepreneurial. I also have really supportive parents. But we all have a sense of humor, and whenever I get overwhelmed I am just grateful for everything I have. I have only the best things to be happy about, so who cares if I am exhausted and stressed? I enjoy everything and every blessing.