The Five at Five: Arwa Al Banawi
27 Jan 2022
From hidden-gems to places to people-watch, from bookshops to beauty spots – here is some inspiration, celebrating the independents in our local neighbourhoods around the world.
This week’s selection has been curated by Arwa Al Banawi, the Saudi designer behind the Dubai-based eponymous label that creates contemporary streetwear for “the suitable woman” – her brand slogan.
Having collaborated with everyone from Pepsi Co. to Levi’s denim, Arwa loves to put her own spin on something, as well as fuse modernity with Middle Eastern tradition. And most recently, she created a fresh iteration of the adidas Originals Forum Lo 84 silhouette.
“Food is a real joy for me; my mom is a chef and my dad is a real food connoisseur, so I grew up in a family that appreciates food a lot. If I had to pick, I’d say my favourite restaurant would be La Petite Maison as it feels like a second home for me - especially the one in Dubai.
“Another favourite is Aulis in London.”
“I love jazz music, and one of my favourite places is Smalls in New York City.”
“I’d have to say Seoul, Korea.”