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Zyra Glows with Glitzy Glamorous Gold-Plated Bags

Encouraging us to be our own knights in shining armor, her homegrown label ‘Zyra’ handmakes genuine leather handbags that draw inspiration from ancient Roman battle armor.

Ask any fashion connoisseur, and they’ll all tell you one thing. Clothing, at its core, is armor. It’s the shell we design for ourselves with which we want to be perceived. Young designer Rahaf Radwan knows this, and she’s channeling it in her handbag designs quite literally.

 

Encouraging us to be our own knights in shining armor, her homegrown label ‘Zyra’ handmakes genuine leather handbags that draw inspiration from ancient Roman battle armor. Crests, keys, and locks fashioned from 21 karat gold-plated pure copper make up the bulk of her debut collection.  

 

“I felt like we didn’t have a lot of variety in the kinds of handbags and shoes that are made locally. The amount of good quality accessories in Egypt are only a few, and that gave me the push to really bring in my own twist,” Radwan tells #CairoScene. “I love the look of battle gear. It's edgy, and it makes a statement no matter what you pair it with. That’s the whole concept of Zyra to me - being bold.”

 

Very soon, Zyra will be releasing more designs as they gradually roll out their first collection. After that, the handbags will be joined by footwear and other accessories that will also be based on the same Roman aesthetic.