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Rene Caovilla x Mawaheb from Beautiful People

Luxury Italian shoe brand Rane Caovilla collaborates with Dubai artists on a stunning collection of limited edition shoe boxes and dust bags
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The limited edition Rene Caovilla show boxes
Abdullah Lutfi, The artist with his box at Rene Caovilla x Mawaheb Art Studio
Abdullah Lutfi, The artist with his box at Rene Caovilla x Mawaheb Art Studio
Leila Murgian, The artist with her box at Rene Caovilla x Mawaheb Art Studio
Leila Murgian, The artist with her box at Rene Caovilla x Mawaheb Art Studio

Italian shoe legends Rene Caovilla has collaborated with the determined artists at Mawaheb Art Studio to create four outstanding, limited edition sets of shoe boxes and dust bags which feature artwork from the studio’s inspiring students.

An idea conceived by Aarti Shah, a member of Rene Caovilla’s marketing team in Dubai, who is also a photography student at the studio, found Mawaheb to be a place that inspired and encouraged her to follow her passion, despite any challenges that presented themselves. This was a place she felt safe and empowered; her goal was to share the Mawaheb experience with the world.

Mawaheb from Beautiful People is a Dubai-based art studio located in the culturally rich Al Fahidi district. Mawaheb, which means ‘talent’ in Arabic, provides an opportunity for ‘determined ones’ aged 16 and above to develop life skills through art, while demonstrating that everyone can be creative in their own unique way.

Moved by the message behind the concept and the talent that was nurtured at Mawaheb, Rene Caovilla wanted to create an immersive collaborative experience that would raise awareness for the studio and its invaluable contribution to the community.

Four artworks were laboriously selected to represent the spirit of the determined artists, both as individuals and as a collective. There are two Frida Kahlo designs; two interpretations created by two very different students, Leila and Abdullah. Leila is one of the older students at Mawaheb, with a natural penchant for using vibrant colours within her artworks as a reflection of her sunny personality. Abdullah, on the other hand, is a young Emirati artist who has an impeccable eye for detail. Their unique approaches create two distinct styles of artwork showcasing their different techniques and different outlooks.

Additionally, there are two collective abstract designs. Each piece is a work of art, created by over 20 artists over a span of a few weeks. These are a representation of the Mawaheb community, and how they work together to build an environment to overcome challenges.

Priced at AED 150 per set, the Mawaheb x Rene Caovilla shoebox and dust bag sets are exclusively available for purchase at the Rene Caovilla boutique at The Dubai Mall. The sets, which can be purchased together with Rene Caovilla shoes or individually, ensure that 100% of the proceeds from each sale go towards supporting Mawaheb’s operations, so that many more people of determination are able to build their confidence and develop essential life skills through art.

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