Memories seem to be central in Noura Sulaiman’s journey towards become the artist she is today. The creative director and founder of The House of Noura Sulaiman was born in the culturally rich city of Riyadh, and describes it vividly. “The contrast between the golden sand dunes of the desert and the modern architectural landscape of the garden oasis imprinted an unforgettable memory that would later unfold under a bold and reimagined narrative, setting the stage for my signature designs,” she says.
As a naturally creative person, Sulaiman studied visual arts and design in 2011 at the Skills Institute of Saudi Arabia, soon working on bespoke garment construction as well as developing traditional craftsmanship techniques. She credits her parents for their encouragement towards her accomplishments. “Although my father passed away long before I started my brand, he was my greatest supporter; he believed I had the talent and was always proud of my efforts … Both my parents have been instrumental in supporting me in achieving my dreams.” In 2023, Sulaiman became the first female Saudi designer to present a luxury menswear collection at the Paris Fashion Week, which was well-received by buyers and international fashion houses. She is now all set for the first Saudi Fashion Week in October this year, where she will showcase her latest collection for menswear.
“Nature is so inspiring, especially in Riyadh; on one side there is old-world flair and on the other there is the desert and nature. The landscape is so vast and beautiful, it puts everything into perspective.”
“The white sultan shirt is a style staple with its collar that accentuates the masculine form and lends emphasis to the shoulders and torso. This shirt can easily move from boardroom to ballroom.”
“There are a number of VIPs and celebrities such as Ed Westwick (above) who have been spotted wearing our designs – it always makes us excited because of the way they carry each piece with confidence and power.”
“My mother has been the artistic influence in my life and is the one who created the logo for my brand. Being a mother helps me to understand the importance of support and influence in a child’s life.”