PHOTO BY LEONEL LECLERC
Hala Algharbawi is a Saudi fashion designer based in Berlin. She likes to mix Eastern and Western cultures, exuding a mixed blend of freedom, emancipation and traditional warmth. Whilst these worlds sometimes clash, they also attract each other and ultimately find a common bond: their long-established ancestral know-how.
Since her early childhood, Hala Algharbawi developed a passion for embroidery and various ancient craft skills, as she wanders alone through fashion workshops, she conquers fabrics and materials surrounding her, visualizing every detail to perfection. Her fervor and commitment to craftsmanship naturally opened the doors of ESMOD, which she successfully completed in 2016, distinguishing herself with her talent, her innovation, and her dexterity.
During her studies, she completed several training courses in Berlin, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and Beirut. In 2017, while Hala Gharabawi was still at the Fashion University, she won the prestigious award of the 25th China International Hempel Award for Young Fashion Designers and was able to show her first collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in China / Beijing. It was then only natural that in 2017 she started showcasing her collections during Berlin Fashion Week.
Hala Gharabawi is a contemporary Couture passionate about modern tailoring. With her distinct and spicy creations, she builds bridges across cultures where east and west meet. Through her collections, she pays tribute to “handmade” work, the art she is particularly fond of.
The pieces are produced in limited quantity or custom-made, that’s why they have become collector’s items.