Nestled at the base of the rugged Hajar mountains, the small coastal fishing town of Dibba Al Hisn, seems an unlikely place to begin the story of a sold-out, limited edition luxury handbag collection. Yet, it’s here that a group of female artisans – all mothers and grandmothers – endeavoured to work with designers from British luxury retailer Asprey to handcraft traditional textile braiding to adorn some of the company’s most sought-after, and expensive, handbags.
I wasn’t an eager graduate. I wasn’t dying to get into the real world. I was much less optimistic about the transition than I am today. So, I wrote this note a couple of weeks before graduating about how I wanted the world to be. And if anyone else is pessimistic, then know you aren’t alone. But also that, as I’ve gone on, I’ve discovered you can find a way to shine through the obstacles. I’ve seen that many of my fears are not substantiated by what I witnessed or experienced. I saw talent being celebrated in interviews, including my own. I’m still waiting for my big break– and all the little breaks before that– but I’m waiting happily.