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CONDE NAST APRIL 2020

Istanbul’s women creatives are thriving. Encouraged by a shared dream to break conventional gender roles, the city’s female designers, ceramicists, florists and brand creators have certainly made a name at home but are now beginning to showcase their talents abroad. With a strong social media presence that both inspires and connects, Istanbul’s young creatives are also seeing a surge in support programs that specifically target local entrepreneurship and budding businesses. With world famous department stores such as Galeries Lafayette or Harvey Nichols already selling the latest Turkish designs, there’s no better time for female entrepreneurs to take a risk and pursue a life outside the usual nine-to-five.

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When Banu Kent returned to Istanbul after years of living in Amsterdam, she found herself in the Grand Bazaar learning traditional jewelry craftsmanship from one of the few remaining goldsmith masters. Her own brand der-liebling came to life soon after, and Kent has been creating collections that simultaneously possess something antique and mystic. Delicate gold and gemstone rings meant to be worn on at least two fingers a time, earrings inspired by autumn flora and custom-made lapis pendant necklaces with small golden stars compose the der-liebling universe.

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