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Stories from the Middle East Region

Designer Inspiration Over Cocktails with Christina Debs

Christina Debs

Letternoon recently caught up with beautiful Christina during her lengthy stay in New York.  She and her business partner / husband were in town for exciting business meetings that will soon result in an increased presence of her brand at American luxury retailers.  Simultaneously, she was getting ready for Jewelry Arabia in Bahrain and her Christmas events in Beirut.  All the while developing her new lines.  What does a busy business owner and designer do to keep it all together?  We sat down to ask over a fine dinner at Ilili restaurant, the owner of which is her cousin, by the way.

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INTERVIEW with Tar Tar Founder, Pinar Gercek

Pinar Gercek

Who or what are your influences?
My main influence in creating Tar Tar was Jean Michel Basquiat. I was doing some research on graffiti art in school and was totally blown away with his world of symbols, colors, references; his artistic world in general. I then decided that I was going to create my own label named Tar Tar (Tar is a word he repeatedly uses in his works) with his crown symbol upside down as the logo. I wasn’t sure what I was going to be selling at the time, but two years later I finished my studies, quit my job at the University, and Tar Tar was born.

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