Yalabeh began in the summer of 2019 in the Kingdom of Bahrain after Noor (mum - camera shy) and Noora (daughter - pictured) decided to purchase a tailoring workshop on the whim. With Noor's background in the markets of India and Iran on her travels in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, they dived head first into her first collection and purchasing fabric that tell a story. Their vision was for a burst of colorful, light and fresh abayas, to suit all women... To be worn when embracing life's simple pleasures, as well as wearing on the go.
The Yalabeh icon came about through Noor and Noora's travels to Greece, which left a loving imprint with them both. The watery shades of blue with the yin/yang balance of the black and white, resonates with their attitude to allowing life to flow, believing everything will balance out in the end.
With a flurry of plans to deeply explore India for treasures, COVID-19 hit. This meant that Noor and Noora had to continue their search on the island of Bahrain. This also began the evolution of the signature Yalabeh fabric face masks. With time, the pair decided to venture into Kaftans to celebrate the month of Ramadan (which was as Noor liked to call it, rubbing Aladdin's magic lamp), where a world of color and opportunity presented themselves. Kaftans are now a staple part of the Yalabeh lifestyle.
Their ethos is so present pieces of love, made to last and that go beyond the trends of time. They wish to give a dose of bit tradition to the daily hustle and bustle of modern life. Yalabeh now creates a wardrobe of filled with dresses, cover ups, sarongs, shirts, pants and bags.
Making Yalabeh happen is thanks to the hard work of our team of tailors. Hailing from Bangladesh with and outsourced tailor from Morocco, team includes master tailors, an embroider and a sequins sewer.
Yalabeh products are primarily made-to-order, keeping close to zero-inventory and only producing pieces that the customers want to wear. Fabrics chosen are generally cottons and linens, where the priority is to purchase organic and naturally-dyed fabrics where possible from suppliers in Bahrain and India.
Noor and Noora have also recently blown the dust off their pottery wheel and are experimenting to create handmade homeware.