Bambah Boutique in Jumeirah specialises in vintage fashion. Courtesy 
Bambah Boutique
Bambah Boutique in Jumeirah specialises in vintage fashion. Courtesy Bambah Boutique

Ethical brand Fashion Compassion comes to Dubai



What's the first thing you look for in the next must-have fashion accessory? It's probably not where, how or in which factory it is made, or even the brand, but what it looks like hanging off your arm. Ethical arts and crafts and fair trade products have been around for some time, but high-end fashion rarely fits the genre - at least until Fashion Compassion, the brainchild of the UK-based entrepreneur Ayesha Mustafa, came to fruition. The ethical fashion retailer stocks only fair trade, eco-friendly and ethical high-end items. This weekend, the company makes its first foray into the Middle East with an open house organised in collaboration with the Bambah Boutique, Jumeirah.

"The whole idea is to have a range of products that have a social and eco-friendly aspect, but that are as luxurious as mainstream fashion," Mustafa says. The retailer sources the items from developing countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Palestine.

"In these areas there is a discrepancy between men and women. Women are not educated and they don't have access to education, but they do have skill. The idea is to recognise this skill, guide them … make sure they're paid fairly and they get flexible hours of work. It's not like they are machines that are just creating stuff," she says.

Mustafa is originally from Pakistan and her parents live in Dubai, where she attended high school for a year. Travelling in and out of the UAE inspired her to set up the open house.

"Dubai is a fashion hub … every big brand is coming to Dubai. I feel that Dubai is in such a good position to bring change, to really make people aware that fashion can be positive, fashion can give back, that it can be sustainable," she says.

Items for sale include the New York vegan label Gunas's red Rockstar handbag, as sported by Anne Hathaway, and the silk recycled burqa dress by Beshtar, as worn by Livia Firth. All Fashion Compassion products are handmade, including intricate jewellery made by craftsmen in Rajasthan.

Bambah Boutique in Jumeirah, a vintage clothing and accessories store that has been selling one-off pieces since January 2011, was chosen for the event because of its link with Fashion Compassion's sustainability ethos. The self-confessed "vintage fanatic" Maha Abdul Rasheed set up the boutique after recognising the lack of vintage stores in Dubai. She says she became interested in vintage about seven years ago.

"There was no vintage in Dubai, and there still isn't really vintage in the region. But it's slowly becoming a trend and people are starting to appreciate it. People weren't too comfortable with the concept of vintage, but it wasn't really readily available," she says.

Rasheed, an Egyptian expatriate who has lived throughout the region, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, says she noticed a lack of "quirky" boutiques and believed that UAE shoppers would appreciate a different kind of shop. She also believes that owning one-off pieces is something that appeals widely to the Dubai fashion audience. Since vintage clothing and accessories also promote sustainability, she decided to team up with Fashion Compassion to bring the ethical products to the Emirates.

"Ethical fashion in the world is growing and people are talking about it. It would be great for Dubai to embrace that and to be the first city in the Middle East to talk about it on a bigger platform," Mustafa says.

The ethical brands that will be showcased are new to Dubai and have been sourced from brands and suppliers in New York, Chicago, Rajasthan and Lahore (among others). Local socially conscious brands will also be showcased, including Palestyle, Nawa and Beshtar.

The open house will be held at Bambah Boutique, 142 Jumeirah Beach Road (opposite Dubai Zoo) on Saturday from 4pm to 8pm. For more information contact Bambah Boutique on 04 349 5585, or visit www.fashioncompassion.co.uk

Recycle Reuse Repurpose

New central waste facility on site at expo Dubai South area to  handle estimated 173 tonne of waste generated daily by millions of visitors

Recyclables such as plastic, paper, glass will be collected from bins on the expo site and taken to the new expo Central Waste Facility on site

Organic waste will be processed at the new onsite Central Waste Facility, treated and converted into compost to be re-used to green the expo area

Of 173 tonnes of waste daily, an estimated 39 per cent will be recyclables, 48 per cent  organic waste  and 13 per cent  general waste.

About 147 tonnes will be recycled and converted to new products at another existing facility in Ras Al Khor

Recycling at Ras Al Khor unit:

Plastic items to be converted to plastic bags and recycled

Paper pulp moulded products such as cup carriers, egg trays, seed pots, and food packaging trays

Glass waste into bowls, lights, candle holders, serving trays and coasters

Aim is for 85 per cent of waste from the site to be diverted from landfill 

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Korean Film Festival 2019 line-up

Innocent Witness, June 26 at 7pm

On Your Wedding Day, June 27 at 7pm

The Great Battle, June 27 at 9pm

The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion, June 28 at 4pm

Romang, June 28 at 6pm

Mal Mo E: The Secret Mission, June 28 at 8pm

Underdog, June 29 at 2pm

Nearby Sky, June 29 at 4pm

A Resistance, June 29 at 6pm 

 

AUSTRALIA SQUADS

ODI squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Twenty20 squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa

How to watch Ireland v Pakistan in UAE

When: The one-off Test starts on Friday, May 11
What time: Each day’s play is scheduled to start at 2pm UAE time.
TV: The match will be broadcast on OSN Sports Cricket HD. Subscribers to the channel can also stream the action live on OSN Play.

On Instagram: @WithHopeUAE

Although social media can be harmful to our mental health, paradoxically, one of the antidotes comes with the many social-media accounts devoted to normalising mental-health struggles. With Hope UAE is one of them.
The group, which has about 3,600 followers, was started three years ago by five Emirati women to address the stigma surrounding the subject. Via Instagram, the group recently began featuring personal accounts by Emiratis. The posts are written under the hashtag #mymindmatters, along with a black-and-white photo of the subject holding the group’s signature red balloon.
“Depression is ugly,” says one of the users, Amani. “It paints everything around me and everything in me.”
Saaed, meanwhile, faces the daunting task of caring for four family members with psychological disorders. “I’ve had no support and no resources here to help me,” he says. “It has been, and still is, a one-man battle against the demons of fractured minds.”
In addition to With Hope UAE’s frank social-media presence, the group holds talks and workshops in Dubai. “Change takes time,” Reem Al Ali, vice chairman and a founding member of With Hope UAE, told The National earlier this year. “It won’t happen overnight, and it will take persistent and passionate people to bring about this change.”

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE.

Part three: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative 

Read part one: how cars came to the UAE

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Co Chocolat

Started: 2017

Founders: Iman and Luchie Suguitan

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Food

Funding: $1 million-plus

Investors: Fahad bin Juma, self-funding, family and friends

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6.30pm: Al Maktoum Challenge Round-1 (PA) Group 1 US$65,000 (Dirt) 1,600m
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Sarfira

Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

The specs

Engine: 6.2-litre V8

Transmission: ten-speed

Power: 420bhp

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Price: Dh325,125

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The biog

Name: Fareed Lafta

Age: 40

From: Baghdad, Iraq

Mission: Promote world peace

Favourite poet: Al Mutanabbi

Role models: His parents 

Buy farm-fresh food

The UAE is stepping up its game when it comes to platforms for local farms to show off and sell their produce.

In Dubai, visit Emirati Farmers Souq at The Pointe every Saturday from 8am to 2pm, which has produce from Al Ammar Farm, Omar Al Katri Farm, Hikarivege Vegetables, Rashed Farms and Al Khaleej Honey Trading, among others. 

In Sharjah, the Aljada residential community will launch a new outdoor farmers’ market every Friday starting this weekend. Manbat will be held from 3pm to 8pm, and will host 30 farmers, local home-grown entrepreneurs and food stalls from the teams behind Badia Farms; Emirates Hydroponics Farms; Modern Organic Farm; Revolution Real; Astraea Farms; and Al Khaleej Food. 

In Abu Dhabi, order farm produce from Food Crowd, an online grocery platform that supplies fresh and organic ingredients directly from farms such as Emirates Bio Farm, TFC, Armela Farms and mother company Al Dahra. 

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded