With its dramatic landscapes and captivating contrast of heritage and modernity, its no surprise that the UAE has served as an inspiration to many designers, including jewellery.
Founder of SaM Sabrina Mittler looks to Middle Eastern art as well as the sites around the country and Oman for her unique 3D creations.
Her love for jewellery started when she was 18 and in 2007 she took up an apprenticeship at a traditional goldsmith. After gaining some work experience she pursued further studies in Applied Art & Design at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. Eventually, her travels brought her to the UAE and the rest, as they say, is history.
Arabian geometrics are the medium for the metal textures and all of her designs are made to be mixed and matched as you wish.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Biology and art.
What was your first job?
I worked in a video store.
What inspired you to launch your own jewellery brand?
The passion for handcraft and art brought me into the field, but probably my father inspired me to become an entrepreneur. He and my mother established their own business at a young age and the way they both mastered many challenges always amazed me.
How difficult is it to grow the business in Dubai?
The right support helps to start a business, but to grow needs lots of work, a long breath and the ability to accept the very different ways you will need to walk, without a clue sometimes, where you walking to.
Which fashion brands can we find in your work wardrobe?
To be honest, mostly swimwear and activewear brands like Rip Curl and Lorna Jane. For the office and meetings, I rely on my Mulberry bag to give my casual Mango and Zara pieces a bit of understated ‘glam’.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Risk it for the biscuit.
And what is the worst?
Eat the biscuit.
What has been the biggest challenge you had to overcome?
Life here, without family or childhood friends. You learn to grow up fast.
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