Farewell Lebanon

A Farewell Letter from our Lebanese Artists

As our Lebanon collection comes to an end, we reflect on this past year, starting with our launch in Beirut last June. It’s been a wild ride to say the least! This collection has taken us from Beirut to Berlin, New York, San Diego, Newport, Los Angeles, Seattle, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Richmond. And the ride goes on...

It was a pleasure exploring unknown parts of Lebanon and seeing a side to this beautiful country that goes beyond the party hub that is Beirut, which tends to get most of the attention. The Levant is filled with lush greenery in the mountains, history that dates back to the Phoenicians, and a flourishing creative culture.

We want to sincerely thank our artists for sharing their stories and showing us their side of Lebanon. We asked them to write a farewell note to leave our community with one last message. We asked them what Lebanon is to them, and if there was a single message they could share, what would it be?

Lucciana Baradhi

Lebanon often gets a reputation for being a war-torn and politically unstable country. For me Beirut is a colorful and joyful city. Besides being a historical jewel, it hides little gems of places. Beirut has a rich culture with its folklore, architecture, food, music, artisanal crafts and art. As for me as an artist, I will hopefully be able to show my love for Beirut and reveal to the world the freshness, beauty and energy of this charming city.

Lynn Atme

It's not really easy to portray Lebanon; it is a place that leaves you with extreme emotions like frustration, confusion, and distress but also unlimited love, warmth and hope. All of its complexities and problems are held against a backdrop of amazing nature, strong familial bonds and tangled electrical wires.
 
The message that I would want people to remember about this place is that it is a melting pot of cultures and people bonded together in less than ideal conditions who still manage to make you feel welcome and at home. As for our Lebanese identity, it is hard to determine, we are all too different from one another and yet the same. Perhaps we are all still trying to figure it out.

Tracy Chahwan

Lebanon certainly isn’t your typical tourist destination. But it’s a fascinating laboratory of a country. As an artist, most of my work is inspired by the complexity of my country; its social diversity and the amusing chaos of daily life in Beirut. It is so visually dense and rich in stories that it’s impossible to remain unmoved by it.

Despite all of its problems and flawed system, there is a real sense of freedom and living here can be a real thrill. The best scenarios to my taste are made of antagonisms, conflicts and unexpected turns : that sure is the case of this country, which makes you feel like you’re living life in the fast lane !

Sarah Adaime

There is a reason why we call it "The Country of Cedars." Lebanon has always faced difficulties and challenges when it comes to politics, economics and social issues. It has witnessed many wars, which still have repercussions on the nation to this day. Nevertheless, it is a proud country that stands tall and that will always be anchored in the earth. People can try to destroy it, but its roots will always stay firm in the ground. By joining all of our differences, we can face the attacks that come our way. A cedar that is still green means that people are still young, despite the cruel past.

A big thank you for those of you who’ve purchased shoes from our first collection. As a startup, we truly value those brave first customers who’ve given us that first push of support. We hope you learned something new about Lebanon, whether it was about the traditional dance, Dabke; the Arabic language; or the resilience of the Lebanese people.

As our Lebanon collection comes to an end, we reflect on this past year, starting with our launch in Beirut last June. It’s been a wild ride to say the least! This collection has taken us from Beirut to Berlin, New York, San Diego, Newport, Los Angeles, Seattle, Jeddah, Riyadh, and Richmond. And the ride goes on...

It was a pleasure exploring unknown parts of Lebanon and seeing a side to this beautiful country that goes beyond the party hub that is Beirut, which tends to get most of the attention. The Levant is filled with lush greenery in the mountains, history that dates back to the Phoenicians, and a flourishing creative culture.

We want to sincerely thank our artists for sharing their stories and showing us their side of Lebanon. We asked them to write a farewell note to leave our community with one last message. We asked them what Lebanon is to them, and if there was a single message they could share, what would it be?

Lucciana Baradhi

Lebanon often gets a reputation for being a war-torn and politically unstable country. For me Beirut is a colorful and joyful city. Besides being a historical jewel, it hides little gems of places. Beirut has a rich culture with its folklore, architecture, food, music, artisanal crafts and art. As for me as an artist, I will hopefully be able to show my love for Beirut and reveal to the world the freshness, beauty and energy of this charming city.

Lynn Atme

It's not really easy to portray Lebanon; it is a place that leaves you with extreme emotions like frustration, confusion, and distress but also unlimited love, warmth and hope. All of its complexities and problems are held against a backdrop of amazing nature, strong familial bonds and tangled electrical wires.
 
The message that I would want people to remember about this place is that it is a melting pot of cultures and people bonded together in less than ideal conditions who still manage to make you feel welcome and at home. As for our Lebanese identity, it is hard to determine, we are all too different from one another and yet the same. Perhaps we are all still trying to figure it out.

Tracy Chahwan

Lebanon certainly isn’t your typical tourist destination. But it’s a fascinating laboratory of a country. As an artist, most of my work is inspired by the complexity of my country; its social diversity and the amusing chaos of daily life in Beirut. It is so visually dense and rich in stories that it’s impossible to remain unmoved by it.

Despite all of its problems and flawed system, there is a real sense of freedom and living here can be a real thrill. The best scenarios to my taste are made of antagonisms, conflicts and unexpected turns : that sure is the case of this country, which makes you feel like you’re living life in the fast lane !

Sarah Adaime

There is a reason why we call it "The Country of Cedars." Lebanon has always faced difficulties and challenges when it comes to politics, economics and social issues. It has witnessed many wars, which still have repercussions on the nation to this day. Nevertheless, it is a proud country that stands tall and that will always be anchored in the earth. People can try to destroy it, but its roots will always stay firm in the ground. By joining all of our differences, we can face the attacks that come our way. A cedar that is still green means that people are still young, despite the cruel past.

A big thank you to those of you who’ve purchased shoes from our debut collection. As a startup, we can't adequately express how grateful we are for our first brave customers! We hope you learned something new about Lebanon, whether it was about the traditional dance, Dabke; the Arabic language; or the resilience of the Lebanese people.

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