I’m not normally the kind of girl who goes all shiny-eyed over sequins, but I’ll make an exception for Shourouk Rhaiem. This French jewellery designer of Tunisian origin creates quite extraordinary handmade jewellery from sequins, which appeal strongly to my inner magpie. According to Babnet.net, Shourouk first learnt how to embroider and sew shiny things during her holidays in Tunisia, where she helped her grandmother sew clothes for traditional marriages. Over the years, she has developed her own range of jewellery using these traditional techniques, sewn entirely by hand and incorporating sequins, crystals, pearls and vintage bits and pieces. She seems to have totted up an impressive number of internships with major fashion houses, starting at Cavalli before moving on to Galliano and Chloé, and then forming her own label, Shourouk, in 2007. Probably at some precocious age, too, damn it.
Shourouk is available at Le Bon Marché, the grand old dame of Paris department stores, or at various places internationally (check under the ‘shops’ link). A quick google search reveals that barely a week ago, another couple of blogs in the UK picked up on this jewellery as well – although my source, as it often is, is the Japanese media.
:: Arwen ::