This cutting-edge curated space of wearable art is sourcing designers from across the globe for their avante garde approach to fashion and giving them a platform for exposure in the UAE.
What is The cARTel?
Peter: The cARTel’s nickname is the ‘wearable art gallery’ for fashion designers around the world. The designers all have a progressive approach to fashion. I chose the name to reflect that The cARTel is a community, a congregation of designers where our resources and experience is used to further their names.
What was the inspiration behind it?
Shub: To create a place catering to art as fashion, where cookie-cutter fashion does not exist.
Tell us about some of the exhibits.
Shub: We have designers from 25 countries. Andy Wolf from Austria exhibits his handmade sunglasses that are worn by Lady Gaga. We also have super hero-inspired clutches and handbags from UK-based Bracher Emden worn by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Dita Von Teese.
What’s the most popular piece you displayed in 2012?
Peter: I like the variety of menswear we have from London, such as Manish Bansal, who mixes Savile Row-style suits with a quirky twist. And also the leather scarves.
Where do you discover this talent?
Peter: Regular trips to the Far East have really shown what progressive fashion is. Tokyo has some of the most sophisticated fashion I have seen.
Tell us about the creative movement in the UAE.
Shub: It’s great to see the city growing and more things happening for niche tastes. Past the mall culture, Dubai is evolving into a vibrant place.