Lines We Love: Okhtein

There is nothing more we love than to see two highly spirited, creative souls come together for a greater purpose. With Aya and Mounaz Abdel Raouf these sentiments ring truer every time we interact with their brand Okhtein. Okhtein, Arabic for two sisters, is a label not only laced with culture and history but also love. The two Egypt-born sisters joined forces to launch an accessories brand that would speak to both their upbringings and talents. Aya brings forward communication, media, and digital art experience, and Mounaz has a strong arm in marketing with an immense hand in painting. With a focus on luxury handbags, the sisters combine their Egyptian heritage, Islamic art and innovation to bring a breath of fresh air to the accessories market.

With a large global celebrity following, the brand is making waves with their unique take on handbags as art pieces. The structured leather is embossed with 3D patterns and mix-media fabrics and topped off with silver or gold hardware, and leather straps, giving the wearer options on whether to carry the bag or wear the bag.

The Okhtein Fall 17′ collection consists of neutral colors such as raspberry red, noir and forest green paired with pewter and gold hardware clasps mimicking the brand’s logo. A wearable collection that would marry nicely to any Winter wardrobe.

For SS17, Aya and Mounaz drew inspiration from the ‘social media generation’ and their constant need for wanderlust and change. Titled, “Revival of the Dome”, the sisters wanted to dedicate the new season to the Egyptian citizen’s theory of being an elegant nomad, no matter where you go. The collection is split into four styles; The Dome Plate, a spherical shape with metallic embossed plates atop a leather carry. The Mini Dome which focuses on an intricately carved plate on the fastening of the bag, and is designed in millennial colors such as pale pink, holographic lavender, metallic cobalt blue and burnt orange leather. The Dome Belt Bag in blush tones, boasting studded spikes; perfect for those handsfree occasions. The Dome Backpack, a desirable balloon shaped bag with a hard top-handle and soft leather straps, and our favorite, The Palmette Minadiere; a disrupted hexagon shape with full-frontal metallic plate and flap. A stunning statement piece which breathes the Egyptian culture through its delicate carvings, and signature logo-themed hardware. Handbags will never be the same again.

About the Author

Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog (www.zenandthecity.net) Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji