Let Dubai’s specialists customise a statement piece for you
From perfumes and rugs to suits and abayas, nothing beats a product made especially for you. For a unique purchase, visit these specialist Dubai fashion, beauty and lifestyle artisans to see what they have to offer.
Jeweller to the stars
On the speed-dial of Dubai's celebrities, fashionistas and socialites, jewellery designer Nadine Kanso (bilarabi.ae) is best known for her Bil Arabi line. However the Arab designer will also create bespoke pieces for customers looking to invest in something special. Incorporating her signature curves and swooping Arabic script, Kanso will add in stones of your choosing, with black diamonds a favourite amongst her VIP clientele.
Building 40 Dubai Healthcare City, 26 Street
+971 4 452 2688
Design a dress
Much more than your average tailors, Scissors Tailoring Studio is also home to local label Rewita, a back-to-basics designer specialising in pieces that can be customised. Select your favourite style of dress, coat, pants or blouse from the in-store templates, then add in your pick of patterns and fabric. Inspired by a piece you already own? The in-house seamstress can replicate your favourite design, turning out your dream outfit just days later.
Kempinski Hotel, The Palm Jumeirah
+971 50 961 7959
Mix a signature scent
Parfum M.Micallef offers scent aficionados the opportunity to create their own one-of-a-kind fragrance. The French perfume house's exclusive Dubai salon invites clients to reminisce about their most treasured scent memories to incorporate into a new one-of-a-kind fragrance. Pick from a selection of art-design glass flacons, and customise it with a special engraved message or a Swarovski crystal design, added by an in-store artisan.
City Walk, Al Wasl Road
+971 4 351 5377
A magic carpet ride
The Middle East is renowned for its hand-crafted carpets and rugs, with Dubai's Bedouin-style designs no exception. Noting the region's love for personalisation, The Rug Company has recently launched in Al Quoz's artsy Alserkal Avenue, partnering with local artisans The Odd Piece to create an in-store app that allows clients to design their own carpet or rug. Choose the desirable Pantone shade, design details, placement and sizing, before deciding on the materials and technique to be used. Your rug can then be shipped anywhere in the world to await your return.
Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz
+971 4 388 3733
Your own abaya
Worn by Emirati women and modest dressers alike, the long flowing abaya gowns are both chic and practical, with the modern Arab woman often choosing to have hers tailor-made. New Arabian fashion concept, Diva Abaya Couture, creates luxury abaya designs with elements, sheer panelling, digital prints, lace dentelle, raw silk and hand-embroidery, in consultation with seamstresses who can spend up to two days completing the detailing on each abaya. Cut precisely to fit, the studio manager is also happy to advise first-time abaya wearers how to drape the delicate folds of their new purchase, and what height of heels are best worn with it – an art in itself!
Ground Floor, Wafi Mall
+971 4 320 7040
Style like a local
A chic alternative to a suit, the elegant kandoura is sported everywhere in the Emirates, from five-star restaurants to casual family weekends. Take the opportunity to own the local Emirati men’s dress for yourself, made from Japanese Shikibo, Omega and Toyobo fabrics that are exclusive to the UAE. Locally-owned service D2D will come to your hotel room, villa or majlis to fit the flowing white robes to your exact measurements and height, delivering the finished product to your door less than 24 hours later, if you want the express service.
+971 50 355 3329
For more local designers, make sure to explore DSF's Market OTB and discover the best shopping Dubai has to offer at the Dubai Shopping Festival.