Renaissance is the contemporary exploration of a unique female couture heritage. 

After studying Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins in London, Cynthia Merhej returned to Beirut in 2016 to found Renaissance. She is the third of a generation of women to begin her own atelier, following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother and mother. 

Her vision is strongly shaped by her experience growing up in a female-led couture environment as well as her multi-disciplinary background. At the core of the brand is the desire to create work that intimately reflects the many contradictions of being a woman today and will accompany her through different cycles of her life.

FW2019, photographed by Alice Neale, styled by Makram Bitar.

Photograph – Laurice Srouji in her atelier, 1928.