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Our Own ‘Okhtein’ Makes it to the Top of Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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Forbes Middle East just unveiled their list of 30 under 30, and the results are giving us utter pride with the inclusion of a number of Egyptians.

The prestigious list ranks the Middle Eastern most influential youth from different fields, that include fashion, arts, sports, music, business, culture and more. And at the top of the list is our own Egyptian sisters Aya and Mounaz Abdul Raouf, founders of Okhtein.

Not only did they make it to the top of the list, but they were also featured on the cover of the magazine.

Back in 2013, sensing a gap in the Egyptian market for true luxurious accessories, the Egyptian duo started their line of business for bags, with the aim of setting new trends and showcasing the Egyptian artistry while promoting for their own designs internationally. Their choice of the brand name itself, which means ‘sisters’ in Arabic, aligned with their aim of shedding the light on their home country, our home country.

And in September 2017, their latest line of Okhtein bags were applauded by the remarkable Vogue editor Anna Wintour during a Vogue Italia contest. The entrepreneurs expected a buzz to be created around their brand, and for orders to start pouring in but days passed and nothing happened.

So what do they do? They decide that the way to promoting their brand is for a celebrity to appear wearing their bag, and not any celebrity, Beyoncé! And they did it, they actually did it. After hard work in trying to reach her stylist, Beyoncé did appear wearing one of their bags and that was all the buzz they needed in order to go global.

The sisters also won the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize, and following their win, their products were picked up by international e-retailers such as Farfetch, The Modist, and Moda Operandi. And were worn by a number of A-listers, including Gigi Hadid, Winnie Harlow and Emma Watson.

Emma Watson spotted wearing Okhtein’s signature backpack

Lebanese fine jewelry designer Ralph Masri who is known for his statement and one of a kind pieces, came in second place, whom designs were also worn by remarkable figures including her honor Queen Rania.

Other talents were featured including Emirati-Yemeni hitmaker, Balgees Fathi ranking the 11th position and Saudi Arabian singer Basma Alotaibi, who came in the 12th position.

The rankings by Forbes were determined via a questionnaire that was sent out to a number of Arab talents who nominated themselves.

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Our March edition features the Middle East’s 30 Under 30 – a collection of the youngest and brightest minds in the region for 2019. We take an in-depth look at how two Egyptian sisters, Aya and Mounaz Abdel Raouf, transformed a homegrown fashion label into a #global #icon, and we list the top oil and gas companies in the Middle East. Grab your copy to know more. Photo credit 📸 @aishaalshabrawy #forbesmiddleeast #businessmagazine #uae #middleeast #30under30 #forbesmiddleeast_cover #fashion #science #sports #technology #egypt #egyptian #okhtein #Dubai #companies #founder #leader #innovation #top #label #فوربس #فوربس_الشرق_الأوسط #الإمارات #الشرق_الأوسط #مصر #أختين #غلاف_فوربس_الشرق_الاوسط

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Dina El Sherbiny Under Fire For Wearing a Revealing Dress in Riyadh

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Dina El Sherbiny has caused a storm of controversy in Saudi Arabia after showing up to the Joy Awards, that was held last night in Riyadh, wearing a revealing single-arm dress.

The young actress was accompanying her partner Amr Diab to the awards ceremony for support, and the couple certainly turned heads but it was El-Sherbiny’s look that angered many.

The actress appeared in a short black dress, single-armed and exposed, people of Saudi Arabia quickly took it to social media to criticize her poor choice of clothing and accused her of lack of decency.

It’s true that women in Saudi Arabia are obliged to wear abayas, and even though celebrities don’t really have to conform with this rule, many prefer to cover up as a sign of respect to their rules.

The attacks are continuing with some complaining that rules are only applied on Saudi women, others are accusing her of disrespecting their traditions and rules.

Others demanded from chairperson of the GEA Turki Al-Sheikh, to have the same rules applied on Dina and to prevent her from entering the Kingdom again…

We’ll see how this goes, and hope that citizens calm down soon.

 

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The Iconic ‘Okhtein’ Teamed Up With Olivia Palermo

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Influencer and entrepreneur Olivia Palermo has chosen the Egyptian label ‘Okhtein‘ as one of only 25 international designers available on her e-commerce site that showcases her favorite labels.

Palermo collaborated with the Egyptian duo, Monaz and Aya Abdel Raouf to create a selection of their distinctive handbags from their autumn/winter 2019 collection for the platform.

The online platform highlights Palermo’s most-loved accessories labels and Okhtein is the only Middle Eastern brand to make the list, along high-profile brands such as Santoni, Elena Ghisellini and Benedetta Bruzziches.

Fashionistas can now have access to shop the iconic pieces of Okhtein through the site.

 

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The Five Egyptian Women Who Made it To Forbes’ List of ‘Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands’

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Forbes Middle East has listed the most influential and powerful female figures in its 2019 edition of ‘Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands’, the list of women who were able to leave their marks by launching their own brands and it includes five Egyptian super women that we all know and come to love very dearly for their creativity and uniqueness in designs.

Starting with of course the iconic jewelry designer Azza Fahmy, alongside her daughters Amina and Fatma Ghali, they have been ranked the fifth spot and are the highest ranked Egyptians on the prestigious list.

In the 22nd spot, again comes as no surprise at all, are the sister Aya Abdel Raoufand and Mounaz Abdel Raouf of Okhtein, and in the 25th spot and third in Egypt is Farida Temraza for her fashion brand Temraza.

Marmar Halim comes in the 26th sport for her fashion brand, while Abeer Otaiba, founder of Semsem clothing brand, comes in the 43rd spot and fifth in Egypt.

 

 

Other we’re proud to see on the list and consider them as our own even if they don’t hold the Egyptian passport are Dima Rashed, founder of Dima Jewelry and Jude Benhalim, the incredible brand that we have all come to love!

 

 

 

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