Ever since its opening earlier this year, Ether by Cloud Spaces has been pioneering a new way forward by supporting homegrown brands and artisans along with international names. Recently, the concept store located within Yas Mall partnered with the Abu Dhabi Businesswoman Council to take this mission another step forward.
This strategic partnership with the council was centered around empowering women-owned initiatives by providing them with a platform to showcase their products in an effort to nurture their growth. “We are thrilled to join forces with the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council in our mission to empower Emirati women entrepreneurs,” said Malak Smejkalova, senior director of innovation at Cloud Spaces, in a press release. “By providing women-owned start-ups with access to retail opportunities through our platform, we hope to facilitate their entry into the market and support their journey towards success.”
A recent event at the space saw the launch of six local brands at Ether, showcasing the partnership’s commitment to catapulting the local fashion and lifestyle space. Below, discover more about each of these exciting brands.
Described as a brand designed for women by women, Flow Fit is all about making activewear more inclusive. “As a plus-size female who enjoys Boxing, Body Combat & HIIT classes, it was a challenge to find women’s activewear that suits my type of body and offers the maximum support and comfort,” shares the Emirati founder on the brand’s website. This gap in the market is what prompted the birth of Flow Fit in Al Ain, with the hopes of ensuring that every woman is comfortable in her own body. The brand boasts an impressive range of sizes vowing to accommodate women of all shapes.
Shaksy is what summer dreams are made of. Imagine bright co-ords, flowy printed dresses, and sarongs crafted from premium fabrics such as silk, linen, and more. The brand prides itself on creating comfortable garments that are ideal for anything from lounging at home to brunches by the beach. With a limited collection, Shaksy is all about sustainability and prioritizing an inclusive free-spirited ethos for those who love long summer days and standing out from the crowd.
Designed by Mariyam Al Qubaisi, this brand is for anyone who wants the finest of craftsmanship and local couture. Guided by the principles of elegance and sophistication, Al Qubaisi has an eye for detail that has allowed her to create a brand that weaves opulence into even the simplest of gowns. From iridescent numbers to sparkling moments, Bespoke Atelier is committed to exceptional designs and personalized service ensuring that every customer gets exactly what they want.
With a focus on modesty and minimalism, Mimosa Label has been steadily growing in the region since its inception five years ago. Offering a unique blend of Emirati traditions and modern design sensibilities, Mimosa caters to a diverse range of tastes while ensuring that modesty is just as fashionable as anything else. Refined silhouettes, graceful draping, and subtle embellishments mark each creation, as the brand remains synonymous with high-quality fabrics and detail-oriented craftsmanship.
Inspired by old tools and the culture of pearl diving in the Arabian Gulf, every piece from Dëine seems to tell a story of its own. Locally crafted with genuine and exotic leathers, the Dëine bag is distinct, to say the least. The unique round handle of each bag draws upon the shape of the de-yen net, while elsewhere, a flap mirrors the silhouette of a shell. Similarly, the latest bag from the brand evokes images of the red velvet fabric (Mukhamal) employed by pearl traders for storing pearls prior to sorting.
Specializing in premium leather products, Orosa offers a diverse collection of handbags and iPhone cases. With leather being the cornerstone of its products, the brand only sources from trusted suppliers ensuring durability, softness, and a natural aesthetic. Ranging from classic to contemporary designs including shoulder bags, totes, clutches, and more Orosa has something for everyone. Not to mention that the high-end iPhone cases are tailored to fit a number of different models.