Andrea Wazen: The Lebanese Footwear Designer Making Strides in the Fashion World

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Andrea Wazen has carved a niche for herself in the world of fashion as a renowned footwear.

Born in London and raised in Beirut, Andrea Wazen has carved a niche for herself in the world of fashion as a renowned footwear designer. Her journey into the realm of design was influenced by her parents, both architects, who instilled in her a deep appreciation for design from an early age.

Wazen’s education in design took her to the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Paris and Central Saint Martins college in London. After her studies, she honed her skills under the tutelage of eminent footwear designers Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. In 2013, she returned to her native Lebanon to launch her eponymous brand, which quickly gained recognition for its unique blend of glamour and comfort.

 

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Andrea Wazen collections are characterized by striking designs that are instantly recognizable. From neon-hued strappy heels to party-ready ruffled slingbacks, elegant leather boots, and sophisticated court shoes, Wazen’s creations have found their way onto the feet of many A-list celebrities. Her innovative approach to footwear design has earned her accolades from industry giants like Alber Elbaz, Giambattista Valli, Diane von Furstenberg, and Christian Louboutin, who awarded her ‘Best Accessory Designer’ at the Fashion Trust Arabia Awards.

Wazen’s designs are not just about aesthetics; they also prioritize comfort. She often opts for soft and flexible textiles over leather, resulting in lightweight and surprisingly comfortable shoes. Her commitment to sustainability is evident in her plans to launch handbags made from upcycled leather offcuts from her brand’s shoes.

 

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Despite the challenges of operating outside the main fashion capitals and the devastating impact of the explosion in Beirut in 2020, Wazen’s brand has thrived. Her online store saw a 200% increase in sales, and she gained more international retailers and recognition. This success has brought hope and satisfaction to her staff and factories in Beirut amidst difficult times.

In addition to her professional achievements, Wazen’s personal life is equally vibrant. She married Anthony Zaatar in a dream destination wedding in Paris, themed “Le Theatre du Merveilleux”. When not designing, Wazen enjoys dining out and traveling with her husband, indulging in her love for food and adventure. Andrea Wazen‘s story is one of resilience, creativity, and passion. Her footwear brand stands as a testament to her talent and dedication, making her a name to watch in the shoe industry.

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