On Wednesday, November 20, SYRA ARTS co-founders Sylvia van Vliet Ragheb and Randa Fahmy hosted an intimate, invite-only Azza Fahmy jewelry show. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres in the Presidential Suite of the Capella hotel and perused Fahmy's newest jewelry line, The Suma Collection. The limited edition collection pays tribute to legendary Egyptian singer Om Kulthoum, labeled the “greatest Arabic female singer in history.” The collection was inspired by the icon’s influential persona and many of her individual jewelry items.
For over 40 years, Azza Fahmy - whose celebrity fans include Rihanna and Gillian Anderson - has been synonymous with unique, handcrafted pieces that reflect the rich history of Egypt. Bold design, decorative calligraphy, and precious stones and metals are defining characteristics of the brand. Many of the words inscribed in the collection reflect on the diva’s sublime music and the cultural history in the region.
Sylvia and Randa's creative interest goes beyond jewelry. Acting as cultural operators, the two co-own SYRA ARTS, an exclusive Middle Eastern art agency which features inspiring artworks of Middle Eastern painters, digital artists, photographers and sculptors. The gallery has locations in Washington, D.C. and Cairo, Egypt. Next month, the Georgetown gallery will showcase the "Soaring Spirits" exhibit, with work from acclaimed Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib. Her work will be on display from December 10 to January 10.