The inspiration for the Mavia collection comes from the movement and fluidity of Arabic calligraphy. I was particularly drawn to calligraphist Hassan Massoudy and artist Bahia Shehab who did a series of work based on the Arabic word “La” or “No” in English. The Mavia pieces were inspired by these works of art. In Shehab’s work, she emphasized how the use of the word implicates making a stand against injustices in the Arab world. These pieces are meant to make a statement not only visually but to empower the wearer in concept and form.