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WELCOME TO THIS FIRST ISSUE OF THE CARTEL MAGAZINE, AN ISSUE MARKING THE START OF OUR OWN CARTEL CALENDAR YEAR AND BORN IN MARCH, THE MONTH WHICH EMBODIES SPRING AND REJUVENATION, COLOSSAL ART CELEBRATIONS AND MANY CULTURAL AND FASHION HIGHLIGHTSSWEEPING THE UAE AND THE REGION. WE ARE PROUD TO BRING TO YOU COLLECTIVE VISUAL ANNUALS OF OUR BURGEONING ACHIEVEMENTS COMPILED OVER THE PAST YEAR STARTING WITH OUR INCEPTION IN 2013 AND HIGHLIGHTING THE MILESTONES THROUGHOUT OUR RELENTLESS PERUSAL OF A CREATIVE ABUNDANCE OF ARTS AND FASHION CONTRIBUTIONS.
 
IN THIS ISSUE, WE CELEBRATE THE THEME OF UNISEX AND NAVIGATE THROUGH ITS CONTEXTUAL FRAMEWORK AND WE HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SPEAKING TO AN EXPERIENCED VOICE IN THIS DISTINCTIVE FASHION SUBJECT, THE WORLD’S FIRST UNISEX HAUTE COUTURIER RAD HOURANI. WE ARE PROUD TO TAKE YOU THROUGH VISUALLY COMPELLING EDITORIALS HIGHLIGHTING OUR UNIQUE ANGLE TO FASHION AND NARRATED WITH THE LENS OF OUR OWN PETER RICHWEISZ. WE ARE ALSO PLEASED TO BRING TO YOU A SELECTION OF STORIES SHARED BY SOME OF OUR UNIQUE CARTEL DESIGNERS WHO MANAGED TO INSCRIBE THEIR NAMES IN THE FASHION SCENE AND BEYOND. WE ARE PROUD TO SHARE WITH YOU OUR UNIQUE INTELLECTUAL THOUGHTS ON SOME CONTROVERSIAL FASHION SUBJECTS OF ‘UNISEX’ AND ‘DEATH OF LABEL’, WHICH ENCAPSULATE OUR CRITICAL VOICE IN THE FASHION DISCOURSE.
 
PRESENTED TO YOU IN MONOCHROMES, THE SOLIDS OF OUR FASHION WORLD, AND STRETCHED TO A SIZE CHALLENGING OUR RELENTLESS AMBITIONS, WE DO HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY THIS FIRST ISSUE OF THE CARTEL MAGAZINE AND WE PROMISE TO BRING YOU MORE INSIGHTS FROM OUR FASHION WORLD VERY SOON.
 
MAY BARBER
CO-FOUNDER OF THE CARTEL