Renaissance is a contemporary exploration into 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.

All our pieces are created in our atelier in Beirut and in limited quantity.

We  showcase our work bi-seasonally through temporary platforms.


SS2019, photographed by Senta Simond, styled by Makram Bitar.

Photograph – Laurice Srouji in her atelier, 1928.