Bashar Abouljoud


Embrace of Dormant Eyes

“Embrace of Dormant Eyes” conveys a narrative developed through a short story written in tandem with the collection, which outlines the story of a deer and the world around it as it is slowly withered away by a bleak bitter winter. The world, once embraced by the sentient, vigilant eyes of Aspen trees, is swallowed by relentless howls of frigid, porcelain winds – the remaining vestiges of Autumn vanishing with them. In his solitude, the deer finds he is no longer watched by the now dormant trees, but rather, by the hysterically ravenous black birds perched amongst them.
This narrative manifests in a collection that is derived from poignant storytelling through meticulous detail and hand craft. Throughout the collection, the manipulation of traditional hand tailoring techniques, hand tool woodworking, and shoemaking, are all recontextualized to explore methods in which inherently sentimental stories may be told through the art of clothesmaking.
Image: Hand carved maple busk, secured from interior with antique brass upholstry nails.
Image: The deer sinew used as thread to suspend skirt from corset.
Image: Clasp closure hand carved from maple.
Image: Jacket interior during hand tailoring process.
Image: Developement of Spanish moss covered pagoda shoulder pad.
Image: Bias bound interior, finished entirely by hand.
Image: Hand woven buttonhole and an ensemble of hand finishings.
Image: Buttonholes woven by hand.
Image: Process of hand weaving buttonholes.
Image: A memento of a singular red wave sunflower seed, concealed in a silk organza window in the coat lining.
Image: Collection footwear: Hand carved and stained maple heel, hand stained patina on vegetable tanned leather upper and outsole, closure secured by antique brass stud placket.


Rooted in the tradition of artisanal hand tailoring, Bashar Abouljoud explores the manners in which inherently poignant and sentimental stories may be told through the art of clothesmaking. His identity as an ardent storyteller is realized through embracing the nature of hand tailoring’s inherently slow craft, leading to a synthesis of evocative significance behind every detail.

Abouljoud’s archive is representative of not only the untrodden bounds of traditional bespoke tailoring, but it is an indelible testament to the intimacy of a thimble and threaded needle.