is an online marketplace that offers a curated selection of art and design objects (photography, painting, sculpture, apparel, jewellery, publications, ceramics…) generously donated by emerging as well as established artists ♡ from across the creative industries to help the Lebanese people rebuild Beirut. We are a charitable initiative founded by a group of creatives ⦿ in the wake of the 2020 Beirut blast ◐. The funds raised will support thoroughly vetted NGOs ⚑ that work for immediate aid and longer term recovery.
On 4th August 2020,
one of the largest explosions in world history
Nearly 3000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate had sat in a port warehouse since 2013, at the knowledge of the Lebanese government, while it continued to function as Lebanon’s largest shipping and clearing point — with more than 70% of import and export traffic passing through the port — and the country’s primary grain store.
obliterated the port of Beirut and surrounding areas, killing more than 200 people, injuring at least 5,000, and making 300,000 people homeless, destroying hospitals, homes and workplaces.
In the aftermath of the blast, people took to the streets, helping each other, clearing glass with brooms while the government, army and police did nothing. The electricity supply had already been limited to a few hours per day, and was now wiped out, with volunteers left searching for people through rubble and doctors carrying out critical surgery with phone torches. When the government did respond, it was by sending out security forces with rubber bullets and military grade tear gas, in response to protests at their lack of action.
Lebanon had already been facing one of the world’s worst economic crises.
Pre-pandemic, its currency had lost 80% of its value since October 2019 and had a debt-to- GDP ratio of almost 180%. The banks had drastically rationed spending, withdrawals were limited to $100 per week, and overseas transfers were blocked. Bread and medicine were in short supply, rubbish was piling up, and the World Bank had warned that half the country could be living in poverty if the government didn’t act. Now, millions of Lebanese people —including over a million refugees— are at risk, with no support from the government, and access to foreign aid faltering in complex negotiations.
Straight to the people of Lebanon
Through the Beirut Emergency Fund 2020, funds from Beirut Re–Store will be disbursed with full transparency to well-vetted NGOs according to the most pressing needs, which include Shelter and Rehabilitation for households, SMEs, Medical and Mental Health.
The Beirut Emergency Fund 2020 is a coalition comprised of Lebanese diaspora organisations LIFE↗, SEAL↗, LebNet↗, Jamhour Alumni↗ (US/Europe) and Kuwait-America Foundation↗, focused on supporting non-profit, nongovernmental NGOs working to meet the humanitarian relief among vulnerable populations impacted by the explosion.
Beirut Re–Store was founded by French-Lebanese sisters Laura and Sophie Tabet, alongside Ulysse Sabbagh, in the wake of the 2020 Beirut blast. They partnered with fellow Lebanese friends Flavie Audi and Emilie Kareh to create charitable initiative, Beirut Re–Store.
Laura reached out to fellow creative director Antoine Roux, who went on to oversee the visual identity of the project.
With a network of friends connecting over their drive to help ⊕ Beirut, the project continued to grow and the Beirut Re–Store Collective emerged.
Meet all the members of Beirut Re–Store (click & drag) –>
▷ Laura Tabet is a London-based, New York-born, French-Lebanese creative director working across the art and fashion industries, with collaborators including John Pawson, Prada and Vivian Sassen.
◇ Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beirut Re–Store, Laura oversees the project, and has driven it from its inception to its launch, leading on strategy, curation, and production.
▷ Sophie Tabet is a Los Angeles-based, New York-born, French-Lebanese writer and director. She is co-owner of Unemployed Magazine and is about to shoot her first feature.
◇ Co-founder of Beirut Re–Store, she works on everything from production to curation, as well as procuring donations for the project.
▷ Ulysse Sabbagh is a Paris-based, French-Lebanese user experience designer and researcher, working with the collective Mozza.io.
◇ He’s Co-founder of Beirut Re–Store, and is responsible for the online store and logistics for the project.
▷ Emilie Kareh is a London-based, Beirut-born stylist and consultant, often working with Vogue Italia, M Le Monde and Double.
◇ She’s a founding partner of Beirut Re–Store, and leads on the curation of photography for the project, as well as procuring donations.
▷ Flavie Audi is a London-based, French-Lebanese artist, whose exhibited internationally, including at nilufar gallery, Venus over Manhattan, Corning museum of glass..
◇ She’s one of the founding partners of Beirut Re–Store, and leads on the curation of art & design for the project, as well as procuring donations and herself donating work.
▷ Antoine Roux is a French creative director working between Paris and London. Through his studio BAR (Bureau Antoine Roux) he collaborates with artists and fashion brands on a broad range of projects.
◇ Antoine designed the visual identity and website for Beirut Re–Store, and oversees all the communication bits, including procuring donations.
▷ Founded by Daniel Baragwanath and Rifke Sadleir, DXR Zone is a digital practice studio. Their work spans art direction, graphic design and code, and they design and build concept-led websites and online experiences.
◇ They are part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and are building the website for the project.
▷ Marwan Kaabour is a London-based, Beirut-born, independent graphic designer and visual artist. He was senior designer at Barnbrook, and has since worked with Fenty, Serpentine Galleries and Phaidon.
◇ He’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and leads on design for social media, as well as procuring donations for the project.
▷ Billie Muraben is a London-based, British-Turkish writer, editor and curator; she’s assistant curator of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, and contributes to various magazines including Elephant and Port.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and developed and writes copy for the project, as well as procuring donations.
▷ Joyce Ng is a Hong Kong-raised and London-based fashion photographer. She met her Beirut-raised best-of-friends, her second family, through projects for Super Yaya.
◇ Joyce is part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, she’s been integral to the development of the project and procures donations.
▷ Makram Bitar is a Beirut-based, Lebanese stylist — regularly collaborating with photographers including Alice Neale, Esther Theaker and Joyce NG — and the creative consultant behind Super Yaya.
◇ He’s a member of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and procures donations for the project from his hometown of Beirut.
▷ Dalila Barkache is a Paris-based, French jewellery maker and designer of Moroccan origins. Her work is handcrafted in Beirut, and exclusively retailed at Dover Street Market in London, New York, Ginza, as well as prestigious online boutique Sancy & Regent.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective and procures donations for the project, as well as contributing work herself.
▷ Xavier Encinas is a French creative director, founder of Sixteen Journal and creative studio supergravity.io. His life wouldn’t have been the same if he hadn’t discovered a tray of Ma’amoul pastry under his best friend’s bed. Lebanon had then taken his heart forever.
◇ He’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective and procures donations for the project.
▷ Peter Hughes is the creative director and co-founder of the design studio, Assembly London, with clients including Stella McCartney, The RealReal and Brioni. He also co-founded True Photo Journal, a platform that offers artists a space to experiment, create and revisit.
◇ He’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and procures donations for the project.
Gala Colivet Dennison
▷ Gala Colivet Dennison is a London-based jeweller. She specialises in unique handmade, sculptural pieces, and has a background in fine art.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store collective, and procures donations for the project, as well as contributing work herself.
▷ Nour Sabbagh is a Lebanese-born, Paris-raised photographer and creative director based in New York. In 2017, she launched her creative practice Storm Studio that works on projects engaged for a better tomorrow.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and procures donations for the project.
▷ Rachel Levy is a Londoner living in Brooklyn. Her professional background spans a range of functions from recruitment and people strategy, to leading customer experience and large scale business operations.
◇ She provided valuable support to the team in the operational planning for the BRS project.
▷ Agnes Dakroub is a Beirut-raised, Montreal-based Art History graduate, working with contemporary art galleries, curatorial initiatives and agencies. She co-hosts “MaqaM”, a monthly radio show on Montreal station N10.as.
◇ She is part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, assisting on the project launch and helping with production.
▷ Nataal is a London-based multimedia brand celebrating contemporary African fashion, visual arts, music and culture.
◇ Nataal has supported Beirut Re–Store by reaching out to its network of artists and designers to secure donations for the project.
▷ Sabine Zettler is London-based, and the founder of communications agency, Zetteler, working with clients in design, art, architecture, craft and beyond.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and procures donations for the project.
▷ Sophie McElligott is London-based, and Head of Communications at Dazed Media, working across AnOther, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Dazed Studio and Nowness.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and drives the PR effort in the UK, as well as helping with outreach and contributing work herself.
▷ Alex May is a London-based, Brussels-born multi sector PR and social media consultant and journalist, specialising in tech.
◇ She’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and is focusing on the international press, as part of our collaborative PR team.
▷ Marc MacDonald is London-based, and Communications Executive at Dazed Media, working across AnOther, Dazed, Dazed Beauty, Dazed Studio and Nowness.
◇ He’s part of the Beirut Re–Store Collective, and helps with our PR effort, as well as procuring donations for the project.