L’AFSHAR’s classic box silhouettes and inclusion of unexpected and hip textures, patterns and materials like marble, mirror, resin and icy acrylic has made it a mighty popular brand with A-listers. The cool bug logo and the fact the bags come in the highest quality European leather and are graphic, luxe and polished to a tee might have something to do with it as well.
Gigi and Bella Hadid are fans of the “Grace” and “Pagoda” styles. And thanks to being funky alternatives to the average evening bags, Kendall Jenner, Laura Dern, Queen Rania of Jordan and many more have also been spotted using the Dubai-based label’s box bags to accessorise their outfits.
About Lilian Afshar
Lilian Afshar, the ancestrally Iranian who founded L’AFSHAR in 2014, considers her modern hand-crated creations to be just as much about architecture as they are about art. Having lived in places like London, Vancouver and Marbella, the British-born Afshar is a true citizen of the world, so it’s not a surprise to hear how different countries have inspired her.
“I love photography and I definitely get inspired anywhere I go. The most inspiring place I’ve been so far is Japan,” she told Azyaa Mode. Natural resources, including marble, agate and rare stones also stir and captivate Afshar, leading her to include unusual textures in her designs. The designer told Azyaa Mode how grateful she was to have has found a way to “re-create these surfaces and transform them into clutches.”
Originally a ready-to-wear student, Afshar discovered her exceptional talent for designing bags while making a last minute black and red transparent acrylic clutch for her graduation collection while studying at Esmod.