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Shop in Beirut | Vanina: More Than a Mere Accessory

I remember receiving a pair of Vanina earrings for my 19th birthday, a friend of mine had walked into their shop in ABC Achrafieh and selected a pair made of mismatched colored coins with a picture of Michael Jackson tacked on to one of them; she had chosen it out of respect for my love for the King.

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That was undoubtedly the best gift I received that night, apart from the hangover-free tequila binge I got to partake in, but that’s another story. It is now six years later, and I still wear that pair of earrings; partly because I’m the type of girl who will wear something until it falls apart at the seams, but mostly because they are still relevant – therein lies the beauty of Vanina designs, they don’t adhere to fads and are immune to going out of style.

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Back in 2007, while my friends and I were busy playing Akon’s extremely romantic single “Smack That” on repeat, childhood friends Joanne Hayek and Tatiana Fayad were creating a brand and a name. That brand is Vanina and today their jewelry, clothing, and bags are being exported to more than 25 countries world-wide.

Their designs evoke spontaneity while keeping in touch with a seemingly classic and polished look that is reminiscent of Hollywood glam and California cool. Chunky necklaces and earrings studded with pictures of icons, Vanina jewelry is more than an accessory, it is an outfit in and of itself.

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Looking through pictures of the girls, their sharp sense of style and unique approach to fashion jumps out at you, their designs do the same by exemplifying the phrase “statement piece,” each piece standing out with a personality of its own.

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With new collections being released annually, Vanina’s brand is constantly evolving and offering up new designs that are unparalleled in the market. And with their recently opened store in the kitschy area of Mar Mikhael, the two seem to be on the road to success. And although their clothing and designs are considered ready-to-wear, the two women use couture-like methods, with many of their pieces being one of a kind and seemingly tailored.

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So sure, I may have at one point worn an oversized T-shirt with “do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again” written on it – but my style has evolved since. I am a changed woman; I now pair that very T-shirt with a stylish metallic necklace from Vanina’s Starlight collection.

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#TheOriginalInMe - MINI: Vanina

The Vanina ladies were chosen by Mini as brand ambassadors for their 'The Original in Me' campaign. How cool is that.

Danse a Deux Temps: Vanina's First Fashion Film

‘Danse a Deux Temps’ is Vanina's first fashion film, written and directed by Jessy Moussallem. It is “a choreography of feelings. This fashion film is a tribute to friendship. A collaborative project born from our passion for the beauty of emotions, the quest for simplicity, and the wealth that can be found in genuine moments.” Here's what we personally think about the video.

DANSE A DEUX TEMPS from VANINA on Vimeo.

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Vanina Website | Vanina Facebook Page | Instagram: @vanina_world | Vanina Store Address: Mar Mikhael, Beirut | Tel: +961 1 448173 | Email: info@vanina.me

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