Lebanon Collection

Lebanon Collection

We’ve started our journey in Lebanon, land of Cedars, home of the Phoenicians, beacon of civilization. Known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, Lebanon has always been a melting pot of cultures and people. Today, 18 religious sects coexist in this small Mediterranean country. War torn for almost fifty consecutive years, Lebanon remains one of the most spirited countries in the region, and one of the greatest symbols of resilience. The Lebanese are proud yet open. People are cheerful and, despite a permanent nostalgia that you feel when talking with them, they are always hopeful. The country is raw and complicated, filled with hidden gems and whispers of a world forgotten, of loss and love. Today, Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees.

We’ve started our journey in Lebanon, the land of Cedars, home of the Phoenicians, beacon of civilization. Known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, Lebanon has always been a melting pot of cultures and people. Today, 18 religious sects coexist in this small Mediterranean country. War torn for almost fifty consecutive years, Lebanon remains one of the most spirited countries in the region, and one of the greatest symbols of resilience. The Lebanese are proud yet open people who will gladly share tales of war, love, loss, and hope. The country is filled with hidden gems and whispers of a world forgotten. Today, Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees.

We’ve started our journey in Lebanon, land of Cedars, home of the Phoenicians, beacon of civilization. Known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’, Lebanon has always been a melting pot of cultures and people. Today, 18 religious sects coexist in this small Mediterranean country. War torn for almost fifty consecutive years, Lebanon remains one of the most spirited countries in the region, and one of the greatest symbols of resilience. The Lebanese are proud yet open. People are cheerful and, despite a permanent nostalgia that you feel when talking with them, they are always hopeful. The country is raw and complicated, filled with hidden gems and whispers of a world forgotten, of loss and love. Today, Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees.

The Shoes

To create our line, we collaborated with five Lebanese artists and asked them to introduce us to their culture. Explore the collection to learn more about the artists and the stories behind their designs!

The Shoes

To create our line, we collaborated with five Lebanese artists and asked them to introduce us to their culture. Explore the collection to learn more about the artists and the stories behind their designs!

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The Guide

The Guide

To give depth to our collection, we traveled around Lebanon to unearth some of the more interesting places. From Batroun to the Bekaa Valley, from Beirut to Tripoli, we got our shoes dirty and got to know this multi-faceted country and the people who make it so. We've highlighted just a few places to eat and drink, and a few things to do.

To give depth to our collection, we traveled around Lebanon to unearth some of the more interesting places. From Batroun to the Bekaa Valley, from Beirut to Tripoli, we got our shoes dirty and got to know this multi-faceted country and the people who make it so. We've highlighted just a few places to eat and drink, and a few things to do.

Em Ali

Em Ali

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

Cyrano

A Gemmayze Pasteur street, Beirut
T +961 3 225 893

Good vibes, good cocktails. Head over for a drink before dinner, while the sun is still up, or for a nightcap before turning in.

TIP: Don't be afraid to challenge the bartender, they can take it.

Papercup

A Pharaon Street, Agopian Building, Beirut
T +961 1 443 083
W www.papercupstore.com 
E info@papercupstore.com

A cozy little bookstore that covers art, architecture, design, photography, fashion, and travel. They also have a wide selection of magazines. We like to come here for an afternoon read and an espresso.

TIP: make sure to check out their stationary section, you could find tasteful souvenirs.

Baron

A Pharoun Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 565 199
W www.baronbeirut.com 
E eat@baronbeirut.com

Just like Beirut, Baron's menu is diverse and filled with flavor. We mean it, this place likes to experiment with spices, so come here when feeling adventurous.

TIP: We love the sweet potato gnocchi. And try their desserts, they're delicious!

Kalei Coffee Co.

A Mar Mkhael, Off of Qobayat Street, Rue 54, Facing the old Laziza Beer Factory, Beirut
T +961 3 780 342
W www.kaleicoffee.com 
E contact@kaleicoffee.com

A hidden gem within the city's hussle and bussle. Surrounded by trees, Kalei is a breath of fresh air in a polluted city like Beirut. Grab one of their carefully sourced specialty coffees or pass by later for a cocktail.

TIP: We're fans of the classic espresso martini... big fans.

Bkerzay

A Bkerzay, Chouf
T +961 3 512 020
W www.bkerzay.com 
E bkerzay@gmail.com

Bkerzay is a preservation project in the chouf mountain. Surrounded by olive groves, lush woods, wildlife, and a variety of endangered flora, it's a great place to experience the Lebanese outdoors. We recommend coming here for a morning hike followed by lunch, and maybe an afternoon swim in their infinity pool.

TIP: check out their pottery section and ask about classes if interested.

Maryool

A Pharaon Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 442 045
W www.maryool.com 
E hello@maryool.com

Traditional Lebanese dishes with a modern and healthy twist. The restaurant is small, simple and clean. You'll sit on benches and see your food being cooked.

TIP: Their Knafeh is the best we've ever had! And please please try their cinammon and star anise pot, it's a real treat.

Hole in the Wall

A Monot street, Beirut
T +961 70 304 026

Literally a hole in the wall, this place hosts some of the most talented singers in town. It's always a good time here, an intimate, down to earth experience amongst locals.

TIP: Bonus points if you catch Joy on Friday nights.

Colonel

A Batroun
T +961 3 74 35 43
W www.colonelbeer.com 
E info@colonelbeer.com

The only microbrewery in Lebanon, Colonel has a lovely setting by the sea in Batroun. The water in Batroun is considered cleaner than in Beirut. If you're going to swim, we recommend you do it here.

TIP: check out their events calendar, they sometimes host concerts.

Onno

A Underneath Bourj Hammoud bridge - ask locals, they'll know it!
T +961 70 383 203
W www.onno.restaurant 
E info@onno.restaurant

This place is dear to us because it's not far from where our Solana's are made! Since it's opening in 1985, this place has been a culinary destination reserved for people in the know. It preserves its "hard to find" reputation and you feel you've earn your meal once seated. Onno is definitely a no frills place, you come here for the food.

TIP: arrive with a big apetite and try everything!

Beirut Groove Collective/ KED

A Beirut river, jisr, karantina
T +961 70 501 705
W www.instagram.com/kedbeirut 
E management@kedbeirut.com

Loyal to their vinyls, the DJ's at BGC only play 45rpm/7" records. Put on your comfiest dancing shoes - aka Solana's - they're not coming off all night. This place plays some really, really good tunes. Mainly funk, soul, and African funk. We've made some good memories on this rooftop.

TIP: the location changes seasonally, so make sure to check their Facebook page for their latest location.

IXSIR Winery

A Batroun, Basbina
T +961 922 33 50
W www.ixsir.com 
E info@ixsir.com

IXSIR is one of Lebanon's most renowned wineries. At Batroun, they've created a charming setting where you can enjoy lunch amongst the vinyards and then take a tour of their impressive cellars. They've teamed up with famous local chef Nicolas Audi, and the result is tasty.

TIP: try the El IXSIR white.

Em Ali

Em Ali

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

Cyrano

A Gemmayze Pasteur street, Beirut
T +961 3 225 893

Good vibes, good cocktails. Head over for a drink before dinner, while the sun is still up, or for a nightcap before turning in.

TIP: Don't be afraid to challenge the bartender, they can take it.

Papercup

A Pharaon Street, Agopian Building, Beirut
T +961 1 443 083
W www.papercupstore.com 
E info@papercupstore.com

A cozy little bookstore that covers art, architecture, design, photography, fashion, and travel. They also have a wide selection of magazines. We like to come here for an afternoon read and an espresso.

TIP: make sure to check out their stationary section, you could find tasteful souvenirs.

Baron

A Pharoun Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 565 199
W www.baronbeirut.com 
E eat@baronbeirut.com

Just like Beirut, Baron's menu is diverse and filled with flavor. We mean it, this place likes to experiment with spices, so come here when feeling adventurous.

TIP: We love the sweet potato gnocchi. And try their desserts, they're delicious!

Kalei Coffee Co.

A Mar Mkhael, Off of Qobayat Street, Rue 54, Facing the old Laziza Beer Factory, Beirut
T +961 3 780 342
W www.kaleicoffee.com 
E contact@kaleicoffee.com

A hidden gem within the city's hussle and bussle. Surrounded by trees, Kalei is a breath of fresh air in a polluted city like Beirut. Grab one of their carefully sourced specialty coffees or pass by later for a cocktail.

TIP: We're fans of the classic espresso martini... big fans.

Bkerzay

A Bkerzay, Chouf
T +961 3 512 020
W www.bkerzay.com 
E bkerzay@gmail.com

Bkerzay is a preservation project in the chouf mountain. Surrounded by olive groves, lush woods, wildlife, and a variety of endangered flora, it's a great place to experience the Lebanese outdoors. We recommend coming here for a morning hike followed by lunch, and maybe an afternoon swim in their infinity pool.

TIP: check out their pottery section and ask about classes if interested.

Maryool

A Pharaon Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 442 045
W www.maryool.com 
E hello@maryool.com

Traditional Lebanese dishes with a modern and healthy twist. The restaurant is small, simple and clean. You'll sit on benches and see your food being cooked.

TIP: Their Knafeh is the best we've ever had! And please please try their cinammon and star anise pot, it's a real treat.

Hole in the Wall

A Monot street, Beirut
T +961 70 304 026

Literally a hole in the wall, this place hosts some of the most talented singers in town. It's always a good time here, an intimate, down to earth experience amongst locals.

TIP: Bonus points if you catch Joy on Friday nights.

Colonel

A Batroun
T +961 3 74 35 43
W www.colonelbeer.com 
E info@colonelbeer.com

The only microbrewery in Lebanon, Colonel has a lovely setting by the sea in Batroun. The water in Batroun is considered cleaner than in Beirut. If you're going to swim, we recommend you do it here.

TIP: check out their events calendar, they sometimes host concerts.

Onno

A Underneath Bourj Hammoud bridge - ask locals, they'll know it!
T +961 70 383 203
W www.onno.restaurant 
E info@onno.restaurant

This place is dear to us because it's not far from where our Solana's are made! Since it's opening in 1985, this place has been a culinary destination reserved for people in the know. It preserves its "hard to find" reputation and you feel you've earn your meal once seated. Onno is definitely a no frills place, you come here for the food.

TIP: arrive with a big apetite and try everything!

Beirut Groove Collective/ KED

A Beirut river, jisr, karantina
T +961 70 501 705
W www.instagram.com/kedbeirut 
E management@kedbeirut.com

Loyal to their vinyls, the DJ's at BGC only play 45rpm/7" records. Put on your comfiest dancing shoes - aka Solana's - they're not coming off all night. This place plays some really, really good tunes. Mainly funk, soul, and African funk. We've made some good memories on this rooftop.

TIP: the location changes seasonally, so make sure to check their Facebook page for their latest location.

IXSIR Winery

A Batroun, Basbina
T +961 922 33 50
W www.ixsir.com 
E info@ixsir.com

IXSIR is one of Lebanon's most renowned wineries. At Batroun, they've created a charming setting where you can enjoy lunch amongst the vinyards and then take a tour of their impressive cellars. They've teamed up with famous local chef Nicolas Audi, and the result is tasty.

TIP: try the El IXSIR white.

Em Ali

Em Ali

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

A Gouraud St, Beirut
T +961 70 702 002
W www.emali.info
E via Facebook page @theoriginalemali

A kiosk at a Sunday market turned most wanted Saj in town. People would line up for hours to get a taste of Em Ali's (Ali's mother) zaatar and cheese wraps. She uses organic ingredients, but the magic is in the dough. Gluten free and sugar free, Em Ali's saj makes what is usually a pretty heavy meal an light and easily digestible treat.

TIP: try the Akkawi and zaatar with extra zaatar.

Cyrano

A Gemmayze Pasteur street, Beirut
T +961 3 225 893

Good vibes, good cocktails. Head over for a drink before dinner, while the sun is still up, or for a nightcap before turning in.

TIP: Don't be afraid to challenge the bartender, they can take it.

Papercup

A Pharaon Street, Agopian Building, Beirut
T +961 1 443 083
W www.papercupstore.com 
E info@papercupstore.com

A cozy little bookstore that covers art, architecture, design, photography, fashion, and travel. They also have a wide selection of magazines. We like to come here for an afternoon read and an espresso.

TIP: make sure to check out their stationary section, you could find tasteful souvenirs.

Baron

A Pharoun Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 565 199
W www.baronbeirut.com 
E eat@baronbeirut.com

Just like Beirut, Baron's menu is diverse and filled with flavor. We mean it, this place likes to experiment with spices, so come here when feeling adventurous.

TIP: We love the sweet potato gnocchi. And try their desserts, they're delicious!

Kalei Coffee Co.

A Mar Mkhael, Off of Qobayat Street, Rue 54, Facing the old Laziza Beer Factory, Beirut
T +961 3 780 342
W www.kaleicoffee.com 
E contact@kaleicoffee.com

A hidden gem within the city's hussle and bussle. Surrounded by trees, Kalei is a breath of fresh air in a polluted city like Beirut. Grab one of their carefully sourced specialty coffees or pass by later for a cocktail.

TIP: We're fans of the classic espresso martini... big fans.

Bkerzay

A Bkerzay, Chouf
T +961 3 512 020
W www.bkerzay.com 
E bkerzay@gmail.com

Bkerzay is a preservation project in the chouf mountain. Surrounded by olive groves, lush woods, wildlife, and a variety of endangered flora, it's a great place to experience the Lebanese outdoors. We recommend coming here for a morning hike followed by lunch, and maybe an afternoon swim in their infinity pool.

TIP: check out their pottery section and ask about classes if interested.

Maryool

A Pharaon Street, Mar Mikhael, Beirut
T +961 1 442 045
W www.maryool.com 
E hello@maryool.com

Traditional Lebanese dishes with a modern and healthy twist. The restaurant is small, simple and clean. You'll sit on benches and see your food being cooked.

TIP: Their Knafeh is the best we've ever had! And please please try their cinammon and star anise pot, it's a real treat.

Hole in the Wall

A Monot street, Beirut
T +961 70 304 026

Literally a hole in the wall, this place hosts some of the most talented singers in town. It's always a good time here, an intimate, down to earth experience amongst locals.

TIP: Bonus points if you catch Joy on Friday nights.

Colonel

A Batroun
T +961 3 74 35 43
W www.colonelbeer.com 
E info@colonelbeer.com

The only microbrewery in Lebanon, Colonel has a lovely setting by the sea in Batroun. The water in Batroun is considered cleaner than in Beirut. If you're going to swim, we recommend you do it here.

TIP: check out their events calendar, they sometimes host concerts.

Onno

A Underneath Bourj Hammoud bridge - ask locals, they'll know it!
T +961 70 383 203
W www.onno.restaurant 
E info@onno.restaurant

This place is dear to us because it's not far from where our Solana's are made! Since it's opening in 1985, this place has been a culinary destination reserved for people in the know. It preserves its "hard to find" reputation and you feel you've earn your meal once seated. Onno is definitely a no frills place, you come here for the food.

TIP: arrive with a big apetite and try everything!

Beirut Groove Collective/ KED

A Beirut river, jisr, karantina
T +961 70 501 705
W www.instagram.com/kedbeirut 
E management@kedbeirut.com

Loyal to their vinyls, the DJ's at BGC only play 45rpm/7" records. Put on your comfiest dancing shoes - aka Solana's - they're not coming off all night. This place plays some really, really good tunes. Mainly funk, soul, and African funk. We've made some good memories on this rooftop.

TIP: the location changes seasonally, so make sure to check their Facebook page for their latest location.

IXSIR Winery

A Batroun, Basbina
T +961 922 33 50
W www.ixsir.com 
E info@ixsir.com

IXSIR is one of Lebanon's most renowned wineries. At Batroun, they've created a charming setting where you can enjoy lunch amongst the vinyards and then take a tour of their impressive cellars. They've teamed up with famous local chef Nicolas Audi, and the result is tasty.

TIP: try the El IXSIR white.

The Film

We partnered with director Marie-Rose Osta and actress Tanya Saab to create a short fim that captures a glimpse of Lebaon's spirit. As part of our vision to design shoes that reflect the culture of our featured country, we used one of our shoes as a blank canvas and gave the filmmakers the liberty to bring their own vision to life. "SOLANA... THE BIRTH" explores some of Lebanon's more unchartered territories and gives voice to the sentiment in the heart of the Lebanese people.

The Film

We partnered with director Marie-Rose Osta and actress Tanya Saab to create a short fim that captures a glimpse of Lebaon's spirit. As part of our vision to design shoes that reflect the culture of our featured country, we used one of our shoes as a blank canvas and gave the filmmakers the liberty to bring their own vision to life. "SOLANA... THE BIRTH" explores some of Lebanon's more unchartered territories and gives voice to the sentiment in the heart of the Lebanese people.

The Launch

The Launch

Our very first launch took place during Beirut Design Week 2018. We held it on the rooftop of Kalei Coffee Co. to showcase our Lebanon Collection for the very first time. It was particularly powerful having had crafted the shoes just around the corner, in the Armernian quarter of Beirut. We were honored to introduce our brand and our vision with Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The place was buzzing with energy! We're so thankful for everyone who came and made it a memorable night.

Our very first launch took place during Beirut Design Week 2018. We held it on the rooftop of Kalei Coffee Co. to showcase our Lebanon Collection for the very first time. It was particularly powerful having had crafted the shoes just around the corner, in the Armernian quarter of Beirut. We were honored to introduce our brand and our vision of collaborating with artists to tell the true story of a place (in this case, Lebanon) with Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The place was buzzing with energy! We're so thankful for everyone who came and made it a memorable night.