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If you’re anything like us here at Saffron Souk, you love to wear something that’s a little bit different. We’re such huge fans of designer-makers who create one offs, and Sarah from Raw is one of our favourites.

Raw’s edgy range of clutch purses have a really unique style. They’re one of those must have accessories that take you from day to night, dress up a pair of jeans or add a sprinkling of glamour to your little black dress.

So, when you’re getting your Summer style on and picking out a clutch for the season, make sure it’s a Raw one…

1-3. Here’s Sarah along side a Saffron Souk favourite, the RAW Carnival clutch

What sort of products do you make?
I design unique clutches. They are made of cotton and suede and decorated with beautiful trimmings sourced from the souks of Dubai. They are one of a kind and each is created as a piece of art.

When did you decide to start your own enterprise? Selling?
It has always been in the back of my mind, however few months ago I felt I have got all the resources that I need to make my own line of clutches, not the time though because I recently delivered a little baby girl, but with persistence and will I made it happen! And I’m so proud of my creations!

What’s the best thing about setting up your own brand?
I get to implement what I like at my own pace and time.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced?
Time is my main challenge these days; twenty four hours a day is just not enough for a mama with a kid and a career!

What do you love about selling online?
I love the convenience that comes with it for both the buyer and seller.


 

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Just some of the clutches from Raw’s first collection. Each one is unique, so to pick out your favourite, click here   2. Saffron Souk has a particular fondness for the Bella clutch!

Any exciting news to share?
I’m working on the second collection right now and it should see the light in about a month!

Tell us 5 words to describe yourself.
Diligent, patient, meticulous, cautious, (very) optimistic.

What’s your favourite colour?
White.

What’s your favourite film?
Scent of a Woman.

What are you reading right now?
Last was ‘Even Silence Has An End’ by Ingrid Betancourt, and that was prior the arrival of baby Alya. Since then, I barely have time to sleep!

When did you last laugh?
Today, my daughter clapped for the first time.

What keeps you awake at night?
If the creative bug hits after 9pm then I’ll end up sleeping late that night.


 

 

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And this is where Sarah lets that creativity loose! How much do you fancy a rifle through all those gorgeous braids?

Do you have any regrets?
Not at all, I am an optimistic person and hate to waste time dwelling on the past.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Perhaps be less serious, I think I was more fun few years ago.

Who would you most like to meet?
Richard Quest, a CNN anchor. I love his geekiness and how he makes all topics sound fun and easy!

1. You must recognize this guy…it’s Richard Quest. He’s a Saffron Souk favourite too, Sarah and looks like he’s a bit of a Raw fan as well!

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Any talkative person. I can’t handle lots of gossip and pointless conversations.

You’re throwing a fantasy dinner party. Who do you invite, alive, dead, real or ficticious?
Oprah Winfrey! She’ll probably show up with an entourage and so the party will be the most talked about in town!

Do you have any pets?
I used to have three cats when I was living in Bahrain, now it’s a bit difficult with a newborn.

1-3. Sarah, the cat lover

Do you collect anything?
All kinds of turtles starting from a gold turtle and all the way to Kinder Egg plastic ones. No real ones though!

What do you think you’d taste like?
Sweet and sour.

Do you believe in luck?
Yes, sometimes.

Do you have a motto?
‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade!’

Did you ever run away from home as a child?
No never, but my parents once lost me by mistake thinking I was sleeping in the back of the car. But thankfully they came back for me!

What is your golden rule?
Do what you love best and do it with lots of love!

Who is the best super-hero? Superman, Batman or Spiderman?
My mama is Superwoman.

What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?
Perhaps my ex-boss, to not take anything personal at work.

What is the greatest mystery of the universe?
The Pyramids…how did they do it without a single crane!?

What is your greatest aim in life?
To be a role model to my little Alya. I want her to be proud of all my ventures and creations. And of course offer her the best education and chances to have a better life.

Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
Not really.

1. Sarah sources the materials for her clutches in the souks of Dubai. These are some images from her recent shopping trip to Deira…great inspirational shots!

What was your worst holiday?
Summer 2006, I went to Lebanon, and the very next day a war broke. I ended up fleeing on a British military vessel sailing to Cyprus. Weird holiday, eh?

How many foreign languages do you speak?
Two, Arabic is my mother tongue, English as a second language and can manage with a few words of French.

What is the oddest habit you will admit to?
Biting my nails, happy sad upset angry you name it…you’ll find me biting my nails.

Do you like girl groups or boy bands?
Boy bands for sure! Spice girls ruined every hope a girl group had!

What are you most embarrassed by?
My dirty car. Its clean from the outside, but the inside…hmm.

What is your favourite item on the Saffron Souk market and why?
I’d love to try one day the soaps by Roots ‘N’ Petals. And Love the concept and design of Beshtar‘s Burqa dress.

1-3. Take a look at the lovely details and great workmanship that goes in to the creation of each and every Raw clutch. Sarah is one talented cookie!

Thanks for chatting with us, Sarah! We’re loving your work and can’t to see Raw’s second collection.

Visit Raw‘s online shop at the Saffron Souk market to see their current collection of clutches in all their glory…happy shopping!