Faris AlShehri’s love of fashion and design led him to establish his company The Art of Kohl in 2009 where he currently acts as its managing director. The company was created with the sole purpose of promoting art, design and fashion, and to create a platform for local and international talents alike.

Maison Bo-M, inspired by the Bohemian lifestyle, was the company’s first project to materialize. The unique building offers three floors of fashion, accessories, furniture, design items, art pieces, books and even a cup of coffee and a muffin for those who need a break. The second project is ISWAP, which stands for Impact Street with Artistic People, is an urban store dedicated to street wear.

Oasis discovers more about AlShehri’s creative world.

Hamburger heaven: I prefer homemade food but when it comes to burgers I’ll go to Joy’s Burger or Burger Boutique.

Best places to buy items by Saudi fashion designers: It’s sad that we cannot find Saudi fashion designers multi-brand boutiques. That’s why we have decided to welcome Saudi designers and to support
young talents at Maison Bo-M and ISWAP.

Best place to find unique items: Deira flea market, a place to find absolutely everything and to enhance your creativity. We love recycling and re-designing old pieces in a modern style.

Favorite hangout place: I’m a workaholic but the little spare time I’ve got, I like to spend it with my family at Durrat Arriyadh to recharge my batteries.

Best Arabic fragrance: I think there is no nationality for perfumes and good smells. However, we have something very special that are the Taif roses.

Art Space: South Corniche in Jeddah, that is the best ART representation in Saudi Arabia where art meets culture and traditions. It’s not easy to find such a good representation of ART in a public place without security or boundaries.

Best dessert place: Of course a selection of macarons from Ladurée to please your senses!

Best Coffee: I don’t have a place in mind. I go to the nearest one on my way to work that is very convenient and the staff is very friendly. It’s nice to have your coffee ready every morning without having to order it. Timing is very important for me.

Items you can never live without: Well, I have to say iPad and BlackBerry.

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