Ancient Egypt serves as an inexhaustible source of inspiration for homegrown Egyptian talent. Such is the case with accessories designers Ahmed Sabry and Daki Marouf, who co-founded jewelry label Sabry Marouf in 2012. The London College of Fashion graduates are known to incorporate elements inspired by the ancient civilization in their lineup of rings, cuffs, and body chains. And these same elements are ever-so-present in the brand’s debut collection of leather handbags.
The offering, entitled Amarna, draws influence from a book titled the Royal Women of Amarna originally published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1996. Amarna, or Akhetaten as it’s more commonly known as, is an archaeological site in Egypt that represents the remains of the city established then abandoned by the Pharaoh Akhenaten of the late Eighteenth Dynasty. More specifically, the bags were directly inspired by Akhetaten’s son, King Tutankhamun’s iconic burial mask as well as Thutmose’s bust of Queen Nefertiti.
The mask takes form of a leather, top-handle day bag (dubbed The King Tut) that comes in shades of black, chestnut, red, and nude. Each piece is meticulously hand-stitched and boasts beautifully-crafted mahogany handles. Manufactured in Italy and Spain, the handbags come in mini, pint-sized versions that are perfect for a night out.
Djed, the symbolic backbone of the mythical god Osiris and the Scarab, are also tributed in the Fall 2018 collection.
Sabry Marouf is a hybrid between fashion and art. The designers are inspired by both geometry and their common Egyptian heritage. Shortly after launching their accessories label in 2012, Sabry Marouf was endorsed by Vogue Talents as an emerging label to watch. The brand has showcased its collections in Milan and London Fashion Week, and found fans in elegant ladies across the Middle East, including Egyptian model and philanthropist Elisa Sednaoui.
The collection will be available for pre-orders through the Sabry Marouf website on April 30.