Having launched her eponymous handbag line in 2011, LA-born designer Tyler Ellis has now announced a brand new collaboration with UAE based bespoke couturier, Hamda Al Fahim. An amalgamation of Ellis’ classic silhouettes and Al Fahim’s hand-embroidered materials, the line will be a limited-edition capsule collection comprising handmade jewels made entirely for the modern, international woman.
In a statement referring to the collaboration in line with celebrations for Emirati Women’s Day, Ellis said, “I am extremely excited to announce my partnership with Hamda Al Fahim. We chose to reveal on Emirati Women’s Day to pay tribute not only to Hamda’s Emirati heritage but also to celebrate two women from different cultures joining forces to create unique works of art.” Noting their similarities, she continued, “We are entrepreneurial designers of the same age, brought up on the opposite sides of the world, Hamda in Abu Dhabi and me in Los Angeles, who built independent, female-owned brands, focusing on craftsmanship, true luxury, and timeless designs.” “It’s an honor to work with such an incredibly talented visionary,” the American designer concluded.
Taking a versatile approach to eveningwear, Ellis and Al Fahim’s collaboration will include an array of styles, materials, and moods. From the decadence of organza to the intricacy of lace, the collection intends to serve as a celebration of highly detailed craftsmanship. “When Tyler and I started discussing this special collaboration, we were both brimming with ideas,” said Al Fahim. “I have some experience in making handbags when I was very young, but I never got a chance to pursue it as my career.” Commenting on the reach of their collaboration she continued, “I am very excited to work so closely with a global name and creative designer like Tyler Ellis. Her creations go perfectly well with my collections and it is such a pleasure discussing new ideas and design concepts with her. We cannot wait to launch our collection”
Set to launch later this year, the collection will comprise a number of select designs from the Tyler Ellis handbag line, all of which will have the potential to be customized at Al Fahim’s atelier. Based on their preferences and requirements, customers will be able to browse through swatches, materials, patterns, and colors thus resulting in a bespoke bag which will be handmade and delivered within four to six weeks of placing their orders. Customers in the Middle East will be able to access the collection on tylerellis.com, farfetch.com, and in Hamda Al Fahim’s Design Studio in Abu Dhabi.