Saturday, March 08, 2008

AlOthman ... A High Fashion Oasis in Kuwait

Being one of the smallest countries in the world with a larger-than-life sum of annual GDP(US$55300.00 per capita), Kuwait is a goldmine for every luxury brands.

Despite of the common perception on Middle Eastern countries as being fully conservative due to the strong Islamic influenc
es, still the demands for high-end goods are high in the region.

Like its neighbors, the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the Kuwaitis are known to have strong penchant on everything that spells refinement and luxury thus it is not surprising to know that demands for branded goods such as Gucci, Prada, or Dior soared highly from year to year, prompting the influx of new brands and stores.

Though one may likely associate Kuwait's thriving luxury retail scene with Villa Moda, actually, there is one that have thrived and renowned among elite Kuwaitis long before Villa Moda was launched and it is known as AlOthman.

Founded in 1956 as a small family-run
boutique, AlOthman was the purveyor of high-end fashion in Kuwait. With great fashion expertise that spans half a century, AlOthman keeps on bringing the best name in fashion from Milan, Paris, London, and New York to the style-conscious Kuwaitis till today.

Located at the Mariam Complex in the heart of Salmiya, AlOthman offers you not just a great selection of clothes and accessories from established as well as new names in the industry but also the ambiance that the store possessed - classic chic efficiently combined with contemporary yet sophisticated feel.

Among brands exclusively offered by AlOthman are Catherine Malandrino, Giles, Erdem, Collette Dinnigan, Kaftan Buddha, Hockley, Derek Lam, Tocca, Vera Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Zandra Rhodes for the ready-to-wear.

As the Middle Easterners are known to throw lavish parties, this requires them to be immaculately dressed, particularly in the evening and at AlOthman, there are so many to choose from, starting from Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, down to the exquisite creations of duo Badgley Mischka , Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, as well as Pierre Balmain.

For shoes and bags lovers, AlOthman should be included in your little black book because here, the accessories range are honestly made to die for!

Here, you may find lavish embellished clutch from the queen of clutches and minaudieres Devi Kroll, the sexy heels from shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Linda Farrow vintage by renowned designer Linda Farrow, and of course, the brand that shot 'Made in Brazil' label to international glory and fame, Daslu.

If you wish to relish in true opulence while spending all the dollars and dimes in Kuwait, then do it in style at AlOthman.

*Photos courtesy of AlOthman.

AlOthman - Maryam Complex, Salim Al Mubarak Street, Salmiya, 22057 Kuwait.

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