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Hot stuff: Thoughtful Ramadan purchases

Plus: The new windows at Bloomindale’s and a hot interiors sale

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M.I.H’s Cult Denim Project

Move over Alexa: There’s more archive digging going on in the fashion world. Head to Boutique 1 stores (and online) this month for this collection of ten denim pieces, inspired by designs from the archive of the M.I.H jeans label. The pieces come in three new denims — classic non-stretch indigo, minimal stretch Japanese denim in ’70s quarter dip indigo, and a textured indigo chambray. We love the sundress (Dh1,300) and these ’70s-tastic dungarees (Dh1,565). There is also an on-trend button-down denim skirt, and cropped flares.

 

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Conscious brands

As we head into Ramadan, brands are doing whatever they can to get our dirhams — usually by slapping a picture of a lantern on the packaging or calling something a bit sparkly an “Eid special”. Don’t believe the hype. (Us, cynical? Yes. We love shopping, but we’re not dummies.) Here are two things you may want to look at, however, because each has a thoughtful backstory that fits into the season. O Concept boutique has collaborated with SeeMe, a fair trade jewellery brand founded by Caterina Occhio, who has worked with both the EU and UN on socio-economic integration of women. Their heart-shaped pieces are all handmade by female victims of violence in Tunisia and Lebanon (they’ve recently worked with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Missoni and Tommy Hilfiger). Meanwhile, over at Mojo Gallery on Saturday, UAE-based brand Blessed celebrates its first anniversary and the launch of its summer collection from 4-8pm. Blessed isn’t just a fashion label: It’s also a cancer survivors’ support group based in Dubai.

 

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Desert River’s sale

This company supplies the luxe furniture you see in the city’s top hotels, and they call their warehouse an Aladdin’s Cave. Now it’s opening up for four days to the public to sell homewares discounted up to 90 per cent. Items on sale include product samples, ex-rental items, discontinued stock and pre-loved pieces, in furniture, accessories, lights and decorations. Brands include Fatboy, Design of Love, Blofield, Slide, ImagiLights and Bloom Pot. They’re clearing the way for new stock, some of which has already landed and will have 20 per cent off. It’s near Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz, Dubai, 10am-7pm on June 3 and 4.

 

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Bloomingdale’s-Dubai and Mawaheb

Head to the department store in the Dubai Mall to see the Ramadan window displays from today. The store has collaborated with 24 artists from Mawaheb from Beautiful People, an art studio for adults with special needs. The artists took part in the entire window display process, says Matteo Magnanini, head of creative services for Al Tayer Group, “from sketches on paper to the actual unveiling”. Themes include In One Vase, We Bloom Together, a bouquet of the artists’ national flowers; Give, Give, Give; Gift List; and Say Yes to All. There are eight windows to enjoy in total. If you’re interested in Mawaheb, the studio in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District runs its artistic year from September through to June.

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