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Looking Back: Lebanese Creatives’ Studios Before and After the Beirut Explosions

Zuhair Murad Beirut Blast

The Zuhair Murad headquarters destroyed following the Beirut blast. Photo: Instagram

Back in 2020, following the deadly explosions that took place in downtown Beirut on August 4, the city was left reeling from a devastating bout of death, injury, homelessness, and widespread destruction.In a two-week state of emergency, residents of the capital took to the streets with shovels and brooms in a bid to clear up the fall-out, however, the damage caused remained inordinate and overwhelming. Through a series of before and after photos of Beirut-based stores, workshops, ateliers, and homes, we looked at the extent of damage caused to Lebanon’s creative industry by this tragedy.

L’Atelier Nawbar

120-year old jewelry brand dedicated to creating intricate and delicate designs. Atelier and workshop located in Saifi Village. 

Azzi & Osta

Ready-to-wear and haute couture Maison focusing on craftsmanship, technique, and the principled codes of Haute Couture. Recently invested in a new atelier located in the center of downtown Beirut. 

Andrea Wazen

Footwear brand specializing in high-quality handmade shoes for women, designed and produced in Beirut. Located in Mar Mkhael artistic area.

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Boyfriend the Brand

Gender-neutral clothing line focused on minimalism and quality. Shop and home of designer, Amine Jreissaty, located in Mar Mkhael artistic area.  


Contemporary womenswear label housed in a historic courtyard in the Ashrafieh area. 


Responsibly capricious brand that explores the synergy between fashion and sustainability. Shop and showroom housed in an old apartment in the Gemmayze area.

Sarah’s Bag

Fashion house & social enterprise creating luxury handcrafted bags & accessories. Workshop located in Gemmayze.

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