GET UP, STAND UP
Condé Nast Traveller India|February - March - April 2021
After a year of crises, Beirut’s creative set is more determined than ever to survive and thrive, finds Betsy Blumenthal
Betsy Blumenthal

When a devastating explosion tore through the Lebanese capital last summer, the city’s independent artists and designers, whose jewel-box shops and busy studios fill the neighbourhoods closest to the blast zone, were among those particularly impacted. This was the latest tragedy in a year already marked by the pandemic and a collapsed economy.

“As a community, we felt like we’d all been hit together,” says designer Tatiana Fayad, co-founder of the high-fashion women’s brand Vanina (vanina.me), whose store in the bohemian enclave of Gemmayzeh was heavily damaged. The network of designers, many of whom have been friendly for years, have always tried to bolster one another in the absence of more formal support, says Fayad. “We don’t have organisations that help us or teach us how to sell abroad—so we learn from each other.” That ethos of team spirit has persisted, with homespun recovery efforts that are as inclusive as possible.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER INDIAView All

GET UP, STAND UP

After a year of crises, Beirut’s creative set is more determined than ever to survive and thrive, finds Betsy Blumenthal

3 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

‘P' FOR PUMPKIN

Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi on finding produce, parenting, and persistence through a pandemic.

5 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Two sisters from different parts parts of the world reunite on a trip to the South of France and revel in the aesthetic pleasures of its countryside.

10+ mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

BUILT ON WATER, OIL AND ISLANDS, LAGOS IS NIGERIA'S GETRICH LOUD-AND-PROUD CITY, WHERE DRAMA UNFOLDS ON EVERY CORNER AND SIMPLY OBSERVING IS NOT AN OPTION

Switching from the slumber of middle England to the sensory explosion that is Lagos was a transition I had to make during childhood summers.

9 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

The Future Is Green

Vegetarian diets are becoming more popular, but it’s not that simple. Smitha Menon gives you more to chew on in your quest for a healthier lifestyle and a better planet

5 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

Where Wild Cats Roam

An African safari may not be on the cards, but luckily India has over 40 percent of the world’s wild cat species. From Himalayan snow peaks to Rajasthani deserts, Aarti Sheth Cooper shares her favourite tracking destinations.

2 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

A Butcher Walks Into A Meat Lab

Will plant-based protein save the world? I left my home on a farm in upstate New York and travelled to the heart of Silicon Valley to find out.

10+ mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

Jim Corbett National Park and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Are Best Explored On Foot

Chandrahas Choudhury explores Jim Corbett National Park and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary leisurely, by foot, both losing and finding himself in the wide, green expanse.

10+ mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

A Vegetarian's Guide To Goa

There’s more to experimenting with vegetarian fare than butter paneer and chilli potato, as is clear at these 25 hotspots in our sunshine state.

10+ mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021

No Lockdown On Love

Even with pandemics and plot twists, you can still have your happily ever after, says Praachi Raniwala

3 mins read
Condé Nast Traveller India
February - March - April 2021
RELATED STORIES

Beirut – After The Blast

Last summer’s explosion in Beirut killed hundreds of people and damaged much of the city. My efforts to repair my apartment reveal a lot about how Lebanon works—and doesn’t.

10+ mins read
The Atlantic
April 2021

We must go on,' says Lebanese Designer Elie Saab after blast

'We must go on,' says Lebanese designer Elie Saab after blast

2 mins read
MODEL WORLD MAGAZINE
September 2020

When Worst Gets Worse

The blast in Beirut laid bare the wreckage from decades of sectarian politics

7 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
August 17 - 24, 2020

The Great Wall(s)

Cosmo spoke to four female street artists in India who are turning mundane brick-andmortar into revolutionary works of vibrant, meaningful art.

3 mins read
Cosmopolitan India
March 2021

Track & Trace

Identifying which foods allow your body to operate at an optimal level is key to overall wellness

4 mins read
Emirates Woman
March 2021

Mountainside magnificence

In the luxury ski resort of Faqra in Lebanon, architect Nabil Dada opens the doors for identity to take a tour of his rustic yet modern holiday home which includes an impressive selection of furniture and artworks

4 mins read
Identity
March 2021

Eclectic ensemble

The Gabrielle et Guillaume collectible design gallery makes its West Coast debut with a model penthouse in San Francisco’s coveted SOM-designed residential building

6 mins read
Identity
March 2021

DESIGN IN CONTEXT

Products where design blurs the lines between art and functionality

2 mins read
Home & Design Trends
Volume 8 Issue 8

Mid-pandemic and medicine shortages sow panic in Beirut

As boxes disappear from shelves, a black market has emerged, offering medicine or medical equipment sometimes counterfeits at many times the normal price

3 mins read
Gulf Today
February 09, 2021

Free Patriotic Movement rules out joining Lebanon cabinet

‘We don’t entrust Hariri alone with reform,’ says Bassil; Future party says the government line-up was ready and waiting to shoulder its duties

3 mins read
Gulf Today
January 11, 2021