Layla Shugri Maalouly

06 Mar 2013
By Ahlanlive.com

The designer of luxury handbag brand LYA LYA

This Lebanese-Russian mum-of-two in Dubai with a passion for handbags launched her debut collection in 2012. As well as winning her awards, it instantly caught the eye of some of the region’s most prominent boutiques.

How did your handbag collection come to life?
It took a year to plan. My brand is inspired by the feminine symbolism behind the iconic Russian matryoshka doll, with each piece translating the versatility of a woman’s personality – elegant, bold, feminine and seductive all at once.

Describe your best bags for us.
The most coveted is The Vault, available in black and nude with gold, silver and black hardware. The Vault, like the majority of the pieces, is available in imported leather, both matt and shiny. The Black Rose is produced in black python and is the perfect minimalistic yet powerful addition to an evening ensemble. The Guardian is a statement piece with its eccentric shoulder detail and is available in an array of colors including orange, green and nude python.

How has your collection been received since its launch?
Well, some of the region’s best boutiques now sell it – Valleydez in Dubai, S*uce across the UAE and numerous boutiques in Saudi, Kuwait and Qatar – so that’s a real honour. Plus, I received the Best Young Talent award at the Arab Woman’s Awards organised by L’Officiel Middle East.

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