This is not a clutch: The art of Nathalie Trad

Born in Beirut and raised in Dubai, where she still lives and works, fashion designer Nathalie Trad confesses to « a strong penchant for asymmetric designs ». The designer loves « to take classic shapes – ubiquitous in our natural environment – and radically transform them, deconstructing and redefining the boundaries of fashion aesthetics. » A design ethos which translates into one-of-a-kind clutches made of wood, hammered copper, mother of pearl, shells…

The Fashion designer studied in Paris at Esmod international and in New York, at the Parsons School of Design. Her newest collection (she debuted her eponymous brand in 2013) is titled « Cipher 1.61 », which she describes as her own «visual interpretation of the universal geometric order. ».

« A contemplative examination of the golden ratio, the code that governs the proportions of our universe: the basis of all order. An observation of the lines, symmetries, patterns and tessellations that shape the architecture of our existence; the blueprint of creation and the genesis of all form.

 As we entered the world of sacred geometry we caught a glimpse of the minute details of nature: from the cornea of the eye, to a nautilus shell, to the branching of trees, to the galaxy we spiral within, and all life forms that emerge out of timeless geometric codes. »

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