Designer profile: Yousef Akbar Production and Photography by Sonny Vandevelde

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Born and raised in Jeddah Saudi Arabia, Yousef Akbar went to Australia to study Logistics. However, fashion was his calling and it was while completing his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Sydney, that Yousef discovered one could study and train for a career in fashion. Thus, he embarked on a Bachelor of Fashion which he completed in 2016 and debuting the brand in 2017.

Using recycled and upcycled materials and by supporting local artisans in small communities in the Middle East and around the world, the Yousef Akbar brand is built on spirit of collaboration creating ethical and responsible couture and ready to wear, garments that not only make the wearer look good, but also feel good about wearing. 

Production  : SonnyPhotos

Photography : Sonny Vandevelde

Model : Charlotte Cocquelin @ IMG

Make Up : Monique Jones
Styling : Yousef Akbar
Accessories : Emma Pill
Thanks to Yarra Country Farmer Luke for access to his farm land
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