WORKING TO RESTORE BEIRUT WITH THE ENERGY THAT DRIVES IT

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.

WHAT HAPPENED

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.

HOW IT WORKS
A customer buys an item from Beirut Re–Store A contributor donates an artwork to Beirut Re–Store

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.

THE TEAM

Teamwork

CONTRIBUTORS

120+ artists (and counting)

  • Muzungu Sisters
  • Alix
  • Rabih Kayrouz
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Gabriela Hearst
  • Christian Dior
  • Emilia Wickstead
  • Tarek Shamma
  • Patcharavipa
  • Louise Lawler
  • Jenna Westra
  • Flavie Audi
  • Robert Elfgen
  • Juliette Seydoux
  • Jack Davison
  • Chris Wolston
  • Fay Wei Wei & Cob Gallery
  • Miltos Manetas
  • Arnaud Lajeunie
  • Jamie Hawkesworth
  • Angelo Pennetta
  • Pierre-Ange Carlotti
  • John Pawson & When Objects Work
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Robert Montgomery & Greta Bellamancina
  • Momma's Blues
  • Reem Acra
  • Alber Elbaz
  • Sophie Dries Architect
  • Acne
  • Esteban Cortazar
  • Gianni Versace Srl
  • Proenza Schouler
  • IBU GALLERY
  • Nathaniel Wojtalik for Cultivation Objects
  • Walter Dahn
  • Langley Fox
  • Brunhilde Bordeaux - Groult
  • Senta Simond
  • Peter Puklus
  • Bethan Laura Wood & Nilufar Gallery
  • ezontle Studio & Peana Projects
  • Victor De Rossi
  • Hamish Pearch
  • Halpern Studio
  • Hala Kaiksow
  • Ignasi
  • Jennifer Chamandi
  • Jacquemus
  • Boyfriend The Brand
  • Miu Miu
  • Kelly Akashi
  • Ai Wei Wei
  • Mira Mikati
  • Supriya Lele
  • Jean Paul Gaultier
  • Wilfrid Wood
  • Felix Carr
  • Karen Klimnik
  • Alice Neale
  • iiode
  • Felix Cooper
  • Charlotte Chesnais
  • JW Anderson
  • Julie Verhoeven
  • Feliks Topolski
  • Sara Naim
  • Leeor Wild
  • Gigi Rose Gray
  • Stephan Breuer
  • Laura Watters
  • Ronan Mckenzie
  • Nadim Asfar
  • Frank Lebon
  • Flavie Audi & Sammy Lee
  • Charlie Masson
  • Liam Lee
  • Nour Hage
  • Paco Rabanne
  • Persol
  • The Elder Statesman
  • ALICE SCHILLACI
  • Matthew Raw
  • David James
  • Coco Crampton
  • Zankov
  • Rio Kobayashi
  • Nick van Woert
  • Andrew Vowles
  • Andreas Schulze
  • Fernando Jorge
  • Schiaparelli
  • Rafael Pavarotti
  • Juergen Teller
  • Mariana Frahm
  • The Haas Brothers
  • Dimitra Petsa
  • Adrian Mesko
  • Jamie Diamond
  • Michel Harmouch
  • Ali Silverstein
  • Hassan Idriss
  • CC-Tapis & David/Nicolas
  • KAR
  • GCDS
  • GMBH
  • Rimowa
  • OneLoveBeirut
  • M Missoni
  • Sandra Mansour
  • Mary Katrantzou
  • Aquazzura
  • La terre est folle
  • Foo and Foo x Lea Colombo
  • Salim Azzam
  • Rudi Gernreich
  • Thames
  • Saloni
  • Asai
  • Noor Fares
  • Sarah's Bag
  • Wales Bonner
  • Maryam Nassir Zadeh
  • RACIL
  • Paravel
  • Heron Preston
  • Gala Colivet Dennison
  • VEJAS
  • Coco Brun
  • Erika Maish
  • Goom Heo
  • Emily Filler
  • Anissa Helou
  • Super YAYA
  • Rebecca De Ravenel
  • Nafsika Skourti
  • Love Beirut
  • Anissa Kermiche
  • Aura
  • Karoline Lang
  • Le Niné
  • Alaia
  • Jenny Hata Blumenfield
  • Kiko Kostadinov x Sharif Farrag
  • Julie Richoz for TRAME
  • On The Nose (Brianna Capozzi and Maya Barrera)
  • Marion Duclos Mailaender
  • Gwendoline Perrigueux & Galerie Eric Mouchet
  • Andrew Erdos & The Chimney NYC
  • Leo Fitzmaurice & The Sunday Painter
  • Studio Abroad
  • Valentina Cameranesi Sgroi
  • The Gentlewoman
  • Mario Milana
  • Edward Cuming
  • Kiala Kanzi
  • Rozalina Burkova
  • Raphaelle Macaron
  • PANCONESI
  • Breakbot
  • Hamed Sinno
  • Orlando Weeks
  • Camille Walala
  • Ana Khouri
  • Dalila Barkache
  • Oliver Hadlee Pearch
  • Johnny Dufort
  • Tyrone Lebon & Lily Gavin
  • Thomas Sauvin
  • Nick Waplington
  • Conner Ives
  • Alice Bucknell
  • M/M (Paris)
  • Antoine Wagner
  • Ami Doshi Shah
  • Vaquera
  • Martine Rose
  • Rebecca Salvadori
  • Vanessa Schindler
  • Sophie Buhai
  • Jamie xx
  • Sophie McElligott
  • Mariana Gomes & Cristina Guerra Gallery
  • Joe Sharaf
  • Christian Letts
  • Hanah Young
  • Marie Déhé
  • Shahrzad Changalvaee
  • Esther Theaker
  • Sofia Mattioli
  • Indigo Lewin
  • Evan Tetreault
  • Marcus Cooper
  • Gemma Warren
  • Bibi Borthwick
  • Savannah Mcmillan
  • Jonathan Monk & InOtherWords
  • Jake and Dinos Chapman
  • Alex Booker
  • Broomberg & Chanarin
  • Emma Berliner
  • Bobby Davidson
  • Bobby Davidson
  • Lotte Andersen
  • Cynthia Daignault & Curran Hatleberg
  • Jim Goldberg
  • Fos & InOtherWords
  • OK-RM & InOtherWords
  • Juergen Teller & InOtherWords
  • Daniela & Linda Dostálková & InOtherWords
  • Max Creasy & InOtherWords
  • Johanna Tagada & InOtherWords
  • Daniel Shea
  • Magdalene Odundo & InOtherWords
  • IDEA
  • MACK
  • Ignota Books
  • Silver Press
  • Marco Campardo
  • Luke Edward Hall
  • Louisa Ballou
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