Haya Maraka about her views on sustainability and what role fashion plays in her life.
To describe Haya Maraka as a multi-talent is not a stretch – she works as a stylist, writer, muse, creative creator and consultant. Haya Maraka grew up in Saudi Arabia, where she spent a lot of time in her grandmother’s atelier, and Switzerland where she attended the Brillantmont boarding school. Later she moved to London to study fashion business at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni. Nowadays she is based in New York and likes reading books and meditate when she is not working.
We talk to Haya Maraka about her views on sustainability and what role fashion plays in her life.
How would your mom describe your style?
– My mother would describe my style as exactly like hers when she was my age.
Name an element that’s typical for your style?
– Classic, very classic and simple.
Most revolutionary fashion memory?
– Getting dressed everyday in the morning.
In what way is fashion present in your life?
– Fashion is a lifestyle for me and I don’t care how cliché that sounds, it is the truth.
Are you happy with that presence?
How do you promote more sustainable fashion for someone who says she’s not into it?
– I wouldn’t use the word promote. Most of the time when people are not into something, be it in fashion, finance or art, it’s because they simply don’t understand it. I would try to make it relatable to that person’s lifestyle.
How do you reason when you shop for clothes or beauty products?
– Reason and me never really got a long very well…..
Would you like for your consumption patterns to be different?
– No I don’t think so.
Have you somehow customized a garment you already own?
– Unfortunately I don’t have that skill mastered, the closest would be trying to sew on a button, which turned out to be a complete fail. I do have a tailor in Dubai that I work with to help me construct some pieces I have in my mind, but can’t find in stores.
If you had a billboard on Oxford Circus that all the shopping crazy people could see, what would you write on it?
– FOLLOW WHAT YOUR SOUL WANTS.
Give us a few practical tips on how to make our lifestyles more sustainable!
– I need a few tips myself.
Who is your style icon?
– I really couldn’t pick just one. With so many woman that all have such great and unique style, limiting it to just one would be unfair. I am a huge fan of Lee Radziwill, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, Jane Birkin, Barbie, Marie Antionette, Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick, Marlene Dietrich….(the list could go on).
Who would you like to spend one minute in an elevator with if you could choose anyone?
FACTS ABOUT HAYA:
Name: Haya Maraka
Occupation: Stylist, writer, consultant, creative creator
Upcoming projects: Many, but I will only share one for now. I am in the middle of starting a very small stationery line.
Motto in life: There are no such thing as coincidences in life, everything is connected and part of a bigger picture.
Follow Haya on Instagram: @hayamaraka
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