The Deep End with Lamb & Lu Co-Founders Reema Motib and Lamia AlEisa
How was Lamb & Lu born, and what would it take for an up-and-coming designer to be part of your club?
When we were both old enough to afford it, we’d always gift each other jewelry for birthdays, graduations, and whatnot. We always found a sentimental attachment to jewelry, and believed in its power to hold memories and tell beautiful stories. It was that sentiment that became the basis of what Lamb & Lu is all about.We started the business very young, and at the time, a brick and mortar wasn’t really an option on the table for us. We needed to get a little creative in the ways that we could reach our customer, and that led us to developing Lamb & Lu’s business model today. We are first and foremost an online platform, as well as a pop-up space that appears in various locations all over the GCC.
With time, we’ve found this decision to be quite the blessing-in-disguise. Our pop-up model has allowed for Lamb & Lu to not be tied down to any particular geographic location, it’s allowed for us to travel, meet, and speak to people about the brand, and introduce Lamb & Lu as a region-wide name above anything else. And now we get to have exciting projects like #ThePiercingAnnex which will be popping up again!
Lamb & Lu opened it’s “doors” with three designers and today, has twelve. We’re always on a quest to expand on the designers we carry, with particular keenness to supporting and showcasing Middle Eastern talents.
We don’t like to think of it as a club, because even if we don’t carry the designer, we’re always happy to collaborate and exchange tips. In order to carry a designer at Lamb & Lu, we typically look for three things: Quality; it’s a huge thing to us. Craftsmanship is so important in jewelry, and if a piece is of quality that we wouldn’t purchase or wear ourselves, we wouldn’t think to display it at Lamb & Lu. We can’t deal with stuff breaking left and right. It’s not cute.
We also look for designers with unique pieces that sets them apart; but still remain cohesive with the rest of our selections… Last is passion, which may sound very generic, but we make it a point to work with people that are constantly passionate about what they have to offer.
What morning routines are religious for you?
Reema: Unfortunately, I haven’t developed enough self-discipline to not wake up fifteen minutes before I’m supposed to be someplace. So, it’s not really a morning routine, It’s more of a frantic panic where I’m just trying to get to where I’m going whilst looking as awake as possible. But on rare occurrences, when I’m absolutely put together. I make coffee, eat a banana or two, check my emails and read whatever book I picked up that month, if there’s no book that month I resort to a publication like Artforum or Lula Magazine. Although, I always and without exception wash my face with the Guinot BioOxygene cleansing foam then proceed to use Glossier’s Balm Dotcom as a highlighter.
Lamia: I’d hate to sound absolutely generic, but my day doesn’t start till the coffee machine whirs out my morning coffee. I think if anything, that sound probably represents my morning alarm the most. After that it’s straight to reading emails, with my usual morning playlist playing in the background.
What do you collect and why?
Reema: If I had a ‘Hoarders’ Episode, this would be the intro… Other than jewelry? I have this massive collection of Olympia Le Tan book clutches. A lot of the ones I have are books I’ve read, I just really like having this pretty embroidered accessory the doubles as a piece of art.
Lamia: Lists. Not kidding!
What did you dream about last night, and are you superstitious?
Reema: I didn’t dream about anything. I think everyone’s a bit superstitious in one way or another. But I find some superstitions to be problematic, and detrimental to my social progress because I can’t engage in one more unsolicited conversation about horoscopes.
Lamia: I always always have dreams, and I always always forget them the very minute I wake up. I wouldn’t say I’m superstitious, but I do believe a word spoken too soon can jinx a good thing.
Where will you be next spring spiritually, professionally, and physically?
Reema: Spiritually, in a better place. Professionally, in a better place. Physically, between Riyadh and Trump’s America.
Lamia: I hope to be more self-aware this year. I hate the thought of resolutions, but I do want to work on being more mindful of my surroundings. I’m young, and I know that I’m only just getting my professional career on it’s feet, but I fully intend to extend it further and broader this season, and I’m almost always between Riyadh and Dubai in the spring.
What’s the biggest risk in life?
Reema: Creating something then displaying for public view. Because there’s so much vulnerability there. That something could be your business, your artwork, your anything really. Any sort of content you’ve created or worked on is just loaded with so much vulnerability.
Lamia: There’s risk in everything. I think “biggest” here is a very subjective term. Different people measure risk differently.
Your Perfect weekend…
Reema: A weekend containing lots of dance classes and visits to museums and art galleries. But if I’m being real, any weekend spent catching up on sleep and shows is a good weekend.
Lamia: My perfect weekend would probably be spent hopping in-and-out-of a number of antique shops, flea markets, and vintage stores, then later catching a show or performance. But actually, my weekends are usually spent in the company of family, teaching at our local dance studio, and catching up with friends. I’d say those weekends aren’t so bad either.
Reema: Tom Ford, Tuscan Leather. I’ve been using the same scent since I was fifteen.
Lamia: I’d say it’s a confused cloud of Dior’s Oud Ispahan and Black Orchid by Tom Ford. I could never pick a favorite, so I just wear both.
Lusting after right now…
Reema: Articles of clothing? Anything and everything made by Delpozo. Artwork? Anything and everything made by Marilyn Minter.
Food? Anything and everything that contains a substantial amount of sun-dried tomatoes or Matcha. Never both.
Lamia: Basically any leather good produced by Byredo. I’m also downright convinced I need to own this antique Persian rug that was curated by a local buyer at Sadu Design. And tacos. Tacos and waffles. Always.
Can’t live without…
Lamia: Caffeine and good internet.
Interview & Collage: Felwa AlHudaithyT