Friday, August 12, 2011

Get To Know: Alaa Balkhy of Fyunka

Fyunka is a recently launched brand by blogger Alaa Balkhy.

A lot of you might already be familiar with her as she has been blogging since 2009 and her blog Paper Umbrella is one of this region's most popular blogs.
I got to ask the talented Alaa a few questions regarding her new venture!
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am a 22 year old blogger and graphic designer from Jeddah, KSA.

What inspired you to design the tote bags?
I've always had a thing for totes & the way they can be used to expresses things. Plus i wanted to design something other than t-shirts since everyone is doing graphic tees. I might do t-shirts later on but i wanted to start with bags for now.

Why the name Fyunka?
I really wanted a name that represented my design and my work, and I chose Fyunka because it’s that little bow you add on everything that makes the look. Plus, I really wanted to have an Arabic originated name.

What did you want to achieve with Fyukna?
I wanted to create Arabic inspired designs, influenced by what's in fashion. And I also wanted to link graph
ic designing w
ith fashion.

Where can we get the totes from?
Hopefully they will be available in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Jeddah and Riyadh soon. I will post names of boutiques on the (facebook) group as soon as they are made final.

The most popular tote so far?
The Birkin, it's amazing how people are loving it. (see picture below) 

And lastly, who is your style icon and why?
I adore Audrey Hepburn! There’s just something so innocent and magical about her in all her movies and not just Breakfast at Tiffany's

Please join Fyunka's facebook group (HERE) for behind the scene pics of the bag making process, and also to keep yourself updated on new designs and their availability.


Muhammad Israr said...

nice design :)

Chick Flick Journal said...

I've been following her for a while I like her posts