I took a trip into the depths of Dubai today…Al Barsha 3…a metropolis of ridiculously large houses! The reason for my voyage? Local fashion brand Beshtar was holding an open house – two of my favourite things: fashion and nosing around a new neighbourhood!
The interesting thing about Beshtar is that it takes traditional arabic pieces, such as the Burqa, and makes them into fun and quirky pieces.
The dresses and accessories are made in Afghanistan and the proceeds of all sales go to charities there that enable Afghani people to improve their lives.
The western media gives plenty of attention to Afghanistan, but not much thought is given to those who have suffered from the unrest for years and years, the normal people trying to make a living – Beshtar reminds us that if we can spend 900 dirhams (around £180) on a pretty dress – we are the lucky ones and we should make time to give something back.
This is definitely one for Livia Firth!