City: Beirut, Lebanon
Since the day I discovered Vanina jewelry at a small boutique store in Beirut, I have made it my ritual to buy a collection of the colorful and soulful pieces every time I visit Lebanon. Two years in, I was buying in bulk for a group of my American friends in the USA who fell for the brand. Besides the pride of wearing creations of Lebanese "badass" female entrepreneurs and designers, I am particularly proud of the craft of the work of Joanne and Tatiana, who hand make most of their creations in their atelier in Lebanon. When I asked Joanne and Tatiana about their dreams their Vanina they both smiled at each other and responded: "To become an established brand and open flagship stores in major cities, while keeping the social aspect of giving back to Lebanon." And that we have no doubt is going to happen.