American-born designer Tala has spent much of her life in Dubai, having arrived with her family in 1992. She credits her lawyer father and her brother as being her biggest source of inspiration – the structure of their sharp suits enthralled her as she grew up, and she entered the fashion industry wanting to create fun clothing with a form-fitting edge. The resulting collection, a sophisticated range of attention-grabbing couture, was lapped up by Dubai’s social set upon its launch in 2012.
Unsurprisingly, Tala attributes her success to her single-minded focus on developing her brand throughout the day, revealing that sheer hard work has enabled her to gain recognition in an increasingly cut-throat industry. In 2013, as her profile rose even more, she launched the highly anticipated Tala Ardalan signature collection for Spring/Summer 14. The line received extensive regional press coverage, with S*uce, Mooda.com, The Cartel and ValleyDez boutiques stocking her designs to meet growing demand.