How old were you when you became interested in fashion and style ?
I became conscious of it at the age of 9…
How did you feel about showcasing your Collection at the Fashion Forward?
I was extremely excited and grateful to be able to showcase twice at FFWD under the Starch Foundation
How was winning the Liberty Art Fabrics Award 2010? Did it open doors?
It opened my perspective on what’s possible, seeing my prints sold at the Liberty store in London really opened my eyes in terms of what I can do with my skills and where they can be used
You are currently launching your fashion label ‘Timi Hayek’ under the support of the STARCH Foundation – Can you tell us more about your collection and the foundation itself?
I just finished with Starch actually! It’s already been a whole year; they’ve helped me a lot in getting started and focusing on my own line
How much support are you getting from the STARCH Foundation? To which extend their support goes?
They basically put the spotlight on a set of young Lebanese designers for one whole year, as well as provide a space to sell our work. However it’s up to us to make the most out of it!
Where do you see yourself and your career in 5 years?
Hopefully still creating, growing and evolving through my brand!
What’s on this year?
I am currently setting up my own boutique in Achrafieh, which I’m really excited about. It will be situated on Monot Street right next to Beit Beirut, a new museum and cultural centre, which is still under construction
The food you could never live without?
Coffee and bananas
Who would you dream to see wearing your designs?
J.K Rowling, just so I can meet her and tell her how much I love her books
Which famous designer would you love to collaborate with one day?
Simone Rocha. She has that minimal, structured deconstruction with a feminine twist, and an attention to detail which I love
What’s your signature dish?
Semia Azaiz, The Trendy Frenchie, Editor in Chief, Luxsure Dubai