Arte y Arquitectura


No.10 September 2019 - March 2020

HOME is an online and print magazine that illuminates the positive parts of Lebanon. This global community is an inclusive space for Lebanese of the world and lovers of Lebanon to explore the bridges that bind them together. Dive into our pages to discover: ❖ Beauty & Fashion ❖ Homeland & Heritage ❖ Design & Gastronomy ❖ Family, Sports & Health ❖ Giving Back & Inspiration ❖ Business, Vocation & Entrepreneurship ❖ The Voice of the Diaspora

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5 min.
letter to my daughter

Like countless who came before me and others yet to come, I am a Lebanese parent who sends her children away as gifts to the world. More than parents of any other nation, we find ourselves hugging our almost-grown children in airports, wishing them well as they leave us to pursue higher education or career opportunities. Is it too much to ask to grow old with our children? Are we doomed as a nation to live forever entrapped in this spiral of separation and agony? I am sharing the letter I left behind when I accompanied my daughter to settle in the United States. I believe the words will resonate with many of you. I left my Laeticia this letter with a small gift, a necklace, for her to wear as she begins…

1 min.
en beige

Muriel Anghelopoulo Shaya is a Greek-Lebanese fashion designer. She studied fashion design and patternmaking at l'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris and trained at La Maison Dior (Ready to Wear), Emanuel Ungaro (Haute Couture) and Georges Rech Studio. She has been a fashion consultant and designer for many TV programs and commercials.…

6 min.
sandra mansour, a sartorial tour de force

With hard work, dedication, and a strong vision, the Beirut-based designer rose through the ranks of the competitive world of the fashion industry. Today, Sandra Mansour’s fairytale creations are highly coveted in the Middle East and beyond. Sandra Mansour candidly shares her inspiring story with HOME. It has been 10 years since Sandra Mansour launched her eponymous prêt à porter [ready-to-wear] label in Beirut which also provides sur mesure items. Today, she has become the goto designer for outfits with a distinct artistic flair. Elegant but by no means ostentatious, Mansour describes her creations as “luxurious ready-to-wear not haute couture.” In her delightful spacious, pastel-hued showroom, elegant maxi gowns embellished with intricate embroidery and beadwork hang alongside playful fringed mini cocktail dresses and flowing floral print dresses. Prolific, the designer unveils no…

4 min.
rallye des grâces

In an unconventional crossover, a car race doubles as an empowerment network for women to kickstart their own businesses. Chahrazad Rizk, a powerhouse of Swiss and Berber origins, is the driving force behind the Rallye des Grâces, or Women Classic Rally. HOME sat down with the first Arab woman to organize a rally in an Arab country to find out more about the event itself — one that rallies behind women’s freedom while underscoring the importance of femininity. The women who attend are not just women but women with global impact, such as NASA astronaut Mary Ellen Weber, high-profile entrepreneurs Sha-Chelle Manning and Sharon Amezcua, and princesses Tania de Bourbon Parme and Helen de Yougoslavie. How did the Rallye des Grâces start? I am a woman who loves the rally. While growing up…

2 min.
princess tania de bourbon in lebanon

The royal personnel was one of many contestants in the past Rallye des Grâces. She talked about her first experience at the event and her first time in Lebanon with HOME. You were one of the participants at the Rallye des Grâces, was it your first time in Lebanon? Yes, and I totally loved it. How did Lebanon differ from your expectations in reality? I have always had a good image of Lebanon, as I have many Lebanese friends that always spoke about their HOME country with love. That being said, the positive image that I had of the country was reinforced after my visit, especially with the wonderful hospitality and the generosity of the people. What was the most unexpected thing about Lebanon? Apart from hospitality, the people’s vigilance, and the food that I just…

5 min.
gabriela tafur náder colombia’s beauty queen with lebanese origins

Tafur Náder was born in 1995, in Cali, Colombia. The recently crowned queen has been modeling since a young age and playing the violin since age four. Her maternal grandfather, whose surname is Nader, was born in Chartoun, Lebanon, and immigrated to Colombia at 18. The Tafur side of the family also has Arabic origins, but the exact geographical location remains unknown. The young beauty queen visited her country of origin for the first time to attend the Lebanese Diaspora Energy (LDE) conference, which was held in June 2019. During her brief stay, she passed for a local, and people often spoke to her in Arabic. How was it visiting Lebanon for the first time? It was definitely emotional, especially that I had a member of my close family also visit. So it…