Want to go gift shopping and get a little something for yourself on the side? Head on over to Mon Atelier situated in the peaceful neighborhood of Jumeirah I. It houses a unique range of fashion for women, men and children, accessories and vintage inspired gifts. The boutique is set up in a residential-type villa, which conveniently accommodates for the retail side of the business and the production of local-made products all under one roof.
I visited Mon Atelier on a Saturday afternoon. Aside from the ‘Mon Atelier’ welcome mat at the door that added a homey touch, I was pleasantly greeted by the salesperson, just as if I was being welcomed into someone’s home. But even before I had stepped foot into the boutique, I was instantly attracted by the gorgeous red dress designed by Maha Sahyoun at the window display.
As soon as I entered, I had an instant crush on the lime trim denim handbag by Glen Miller for Ann Turk sitting pretty on the shelf right opposite the front door.
The interior reminded me of an old summer cottage, with its wooden trims and antique furnishings. Browsing through, I felt as if I was walking around a massive vintage closet.
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I had the opportunity to get an interview with Karim Sayhoun, the owner of Mon Atelier. He was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to oblige.
What’s the story behind Mon Atelier?
Mon Atelier is a family owned business inspired by my mother, Maha Sahyoun who is a very creative person.
What inspired you to set up a one-stop-shop for unique gifts and fashion for men, women and children?
The idea to open Mon Atelier as a concept fashion and gift boutique came to me one day as I drove down the beach road. I had already started working with Bogosse and my mom had already started making her hand made cards. It really came to fruition when I came up with the idea of the gym bag which we make in house. At that moment we decided to pursue the idea of having our own crafts people work in the atelier upstairs and have downstairs as the retail space.
Where others would venture into setting up a retail store inside a shopping center, what made you decide to operate from a villa in Jumeirah?
The decision to work in the villa was based on space requirements and on the ability to host events all in one space.
What brands, international and local, do you house? Which is your most popular?
We sell over a dozen international brands right now and I must say that Lucky 7 tees and Bogosse are two of our most popular brands.
Who designs your own collection? Do you do all production in-house?
All the creative work for own brand, our VM (visual merchandising) and our gifts is done by my mom and our team. I of course lend a hand but focus more on the commercial side of the business.
The name ‘Mon Atelier’ means ‘My Workshop’, in that respect, do you entertain requests for custom-made items?
Mon Atelier means my workshop but for the moment we do not offer custom made items. The customization we offer for the moment is limited to embroidering initials on our garments and bags. We offer certain alterations free of charge for our clients of course.