Zeina Zain Al Abdeen is the Syrian designer, mother of triplets, and curator of the Dubai based womenswear label Zeina Zain. The contemporary ready-to-wear label aspires to create chic, flattering and feminine collections with a unique, spontaneous style inspired by her travels.
We sat down with her for morning coffee to find out more about her and what she does to relax when she gets downtime from her busy schedule.
What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?
Breakfast! I can’t function without having a proper breakfast, it sets me up for the day.
How do you like to spend your evenings?
After a very long day with the triplets and at work, I like to have some relaxing me time, maybe a good movie or dinner somewhere nice with my friends.
Where’s your happy place?
What’s your favourite thing about where you live?
Dubai is so multicultural and always has a great, vibrant buzz.
Where is one of your favourite places to go on holiday?
Istanbul, I love it there every time I go.
How would you describe your style?
I would say it is quite simple but has a modern twist.
Is there anyone whose style you admire?
Among our region I would say Natalia Shustova, she is very bold and exotic with her style and embraces an eccentric look which always looks great on her.
What do you do to relax and unwind?
I usually hit the gym, best place for me to properly unwind and zone out.
Do you have any pet peeves/what annoys you?
I am quite a perfectionist so I guess I can get quite annoyed if people don’t follow what I’m saying or understand my opinion.
What was the last film you saw?
Smurfs! With my kids – and I ended up crying at the end of the movie!
If you could talk to your 18-year-old self now, what would you say to her?
Hold on to your dreams, don’t allow anyone to affect the decisions in your life, and to slow down in falling in love.
What’s an important message that you try to pass on to your children?
Be independent, and always chase your dreams.
Do you have any favourite restaurant or place that you go to in Dubai?
During the week I always look for nearby places, like Mythos or Nola for a good bite. During the weekends I like to go somewhere more lively and with a good atmosphere, Iris is always a great choice when it’s nice weather.