Art, culture and craftsmanship are part of her genetic makeup. Born into a family of art lovers in Saudi Arabia – her mother is a renowned fashion and art historian – she studied Islamic art at university before moving to Paris to study fashion at Parson’s The New School. She has been working as a designer since. As well as creating her own label, Honayda Serafi is also an accomplished sculptor and poet.

She takes her inspiration from myriad sources, ranging from traditional Middle Eastern craftsmanship to Western pop music, from Asian handicrafts to ancient legends, from poetry celebrating women’s beauty and strength to female artists fighting for equal rights, and from legendary women like the Queen of Sheba to the humble woman laborer working the fields. She injects meaning and symbolism into every aspect of her designs with a strong undercurrent: empowering women of all origins and telling their stories through her designs.

She is the epitome of the fulfilled modern woman: a mother, artist and businesswoman, maintaining strong links with her heritage and culture while living resolutely in the present. “Honayda” is the Arabic word for a sword’s sheath, symbolizing the combination of strength and protection that appropriately sum up her outlook on life and business alike.

Honayda Serafi believes strongly in giving back to society and inspiring young women to fulfil their dreams. She is a fervent supporter of philanthropic initiatives as well as a guest lecturer at Saudi Arabia’s two leading universities offering fashion courses for women.

 

 

BRAND VISION

Women’s empowerment and emancipation are the cornerstones of the Honayda proposition. Inspired by strong women, whether from legends or her personal experiences, Saudi Arabian designer Honayda Serafi puts forward a proposition for the multifaceted personality of today’s woman – powerful, courageous, feminine, rebellious, elegant and adventurous all at once. Art and poetry are the starting point for her designs, through which she tells her stories, tales of women’s emancipation from within the dictates of society.

Honayda has been described as a creative leader among a new generation of Middle Eastern designers who are succeeding in artfully combining traditional inspiration with a resolutely contemporary design philosophy.

 

 

POSITIONING & DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

Honayda takes its inspiration from global heritage and handicrafts to tell stories that are relevant to the woman of today, creating timeless garments that make her feel feminine and comfortable for every occasion, from intimate moments with her family to special occasions.

Using the best fabrics from Italy, France and Japan and with a focus on the quality of fit and finish, Honayda’s design studio is based in Lebanon, where many of the brand’s garments are also manufactured.

Fluid fabrics are shaped to flatter the body, offering subtle elegance and timeless cuts with a focus on precise finishing details. The designs offer a flexibility that means every woman can style them according to her personal style, bringing her confidence, fulfilment and grace.

Prints are designed in-house by Honayda Serafi. Inspired by strong women from both history and her personal experience that tell powerful stories, they are an important theme in each collection. In one highly praised collection, for example, she used an image of her own mother’s face as a print, telling society that women should embrace their beauty and show their faces to the world.

Embellishments are another focus, and are given a modern interpretation, with embroideries designed in-house. Each Honayda design is a work of art, expressing culture and heritage through a contemporary eye.