August 2, 2017 at Galvanize in Phoenix
Join Global Ties Arizona for an evening with visiting Saudi CEO Loai Nassem and local panelists, inlcuding businesswoman and designer Rawa Awad.
Entrepreneur Loai Nassem and his wife Mona Alhadad have innovated menswear in Saudi Arabia by radically redesigning the thobe, the traditional dress worn by Saudi men. Stitching together fabric in their basement workshop in 2005, the duo introduced new colors, materials and embroideries to a garment that had not changed in over fifty years, sparking an initial storm of opposition across the conservative Kingdom. But twelve years later, their company Lomar has grown into a multimillion-dollar clothing empire with sales throughout the Gulf and expansion into Europe. In 2014, Forbes Middle East ranked Nassem among the Kingdom’s top entrepreneurs “with the power to initiate change and contribute to the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow.” Nassem and Alhadad will share their inspirational journey from self-starters to global business leaders and the challenges they faced and overcame during their visit to Phoenix.
Rawa Awad is the Creative Director and Owner of the Ethár Collection, a luxury, modest and ethically made Formal and Evening Wear brand. Rawa has used her passion for business and design to create a brand that redefines luxury and modest Fashion in the United States. Ethár is the Arabic word for selflessness, Rawa’s aim is to use this brand to celebrate selfless women who are creating a positive impact in their communities.
Rawa is also the Co-Founder of SERAI, a curated Fashion and Art Experience. Based in Los Angeles, the annual event brings together fashion designers, musicians, artist and creative entrepreneurs. The creative space aims to educate, inspire and connect different creatives to create a supportive community.
Rawa also serves on the board of many local community nonprofits including the Islamic Community Center of Tempe and Grow My Own.
A welcome reception with food and drinks will take place from 5:00pm to 5:45pm, followed by the main event from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.
August 3, 2017 at Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West
Join Global Ties Arizona for a fashion event with visiting Saudi desginer and entrepreneur, Loai Nassem.
Welcoming remarks by Scottsdale Vice Mayor, Suzanne Klapp and conversation with Oscar De la salas, local entertainment host, model, and fashion expert!
About Loai Nassem and Mona Alhadad: Entrepreneur Loai Nassem and his wife Mona Alhadad have innovated menswear in Saudi Arabia by radically redesigning the thobe, the traditional dress worn by Saudi men. Stitching together fabric in their basement workshop in 2005, the duo introduced new colors, materials and embroideries to a garment that had not changed in over fifty years, sparking an initial storm of opposition across the conservative Kingdom. But twelve years later, their company Lomar has grown into a multimillion-dollar clothing empire with sales throughout the Gulf and expansion into Europe. In 2014, Forbes Middle East ranked Nassem among the Kingdom’s top entrepreneurs “with the power to initiate change and contribute to the Saudi Arabia of tomorrow.” In Scottsdale, Nassem and Alhadad will share their journey innovating menswear in the Gulf region, and showcase their revolutionary designs.
About Oscar De la salas:
For more than two decades, Oscar De las salas has designed and directed projects in the world of design, being recognized for his contributions to the international world of style, as a respected fashion producer, style critic, writer and creative director.
A native of Barranquilla, Colombia, South America, Oscar started his studies to follow his passion for design at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia in Bogota, where he graduated as a architect. He then relocated to Europe and received his Masters of Interior Architecture & Design at the renowned University of Salamanca (Universidad de Salamanca) in Spain. Before landing in the Valley of the Sun, he worked in several countries as a consultant for interior architecture for the United States Federal Building Office and served as project manager for all interior finish details for the United States Embassies in Bogota (Col.), Lima (Peru), Singapore (Singapore), and Guantanamo (Cuba). While in Europe, Oscar also worked as a fashion model and editorial stage set designer, and has been called a ‘fashionista’ before the term became part of our daily lingo. After arriving in the U.S., Oscar returned to his passion for design, and served as principal with the modern architecture firm, Architectural Alliance, leading numerous municipal projects in Arizona – including the award-winning Peoria Fire Station.
In 2012, Oscar used this diverse background to launch an online journal of with his experiences in design called WhatWouldOscarDo.com, sharing a blend of architectural vision and style insight. Oscar’s own recognizable style and creativity has been showcased in a number of publications, including Phoenix Magazine, JAVA Magazine, Arizona Republic, So Scottsdale Magazine, Modern Luxury Scottsdale Magazine, Arizona Latina Magazine, Latino Leaders Magazine, Arizona Latinos, and Prensa Hispana. His charming, outspoken nature has also been included in fashion commentary for local broadcasts for ABC, NBC, 3TV, Univision, SiTV, Telemundo, CNN Latino, as well as local Latin radio stations.
Oscar has been honored to work with a number of local organizations, notably as a host and emcee for several non-profit foundations where design, fashion, beauty, and culture are the common thread, been the emcee for Brave Wings Fashion Show, Casa Brasil, Hair Wars, Model Wars, Soy Miss Quince Pageant, Miss Arizona Latina USA, Cortney’s Place Annual Holiday Fashion Show, Scottsdale Polo Championships – Phoenix Fashion Week, amongst others.
A board member of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), part of Scottsdale Arts since 2013, he served as the creative co-chair for this year’s celebrated annual gala and his vision enticed a number of designers from all over the world to bring their very privee collections to Arizona, including a grand number of gowns and garments worn by international stars such as Britney Spears, Beyonce, Bing-Bing, Pulina Rubio, Madonna, Thalia, Lady Gaga, Tony Braxton, Katie Perry, Nicky Minaj, amongst many, many others. With more than 200 fashion models, and the largest catwalk and red carpet ever seen in the state, his vision was realized with the nationally acclaimed event “SMoCA Mix – Fashionably AvantGarde”.
Oscar is a FORD/RBA talent, and can be found in all social media platforms under #oscardelassalas. He resides in Phoenix, with his husband, Gary, and their pug ‘with a following’, Hugo.
About Vice Mayor Klapp: Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp has been focused on government and business issues since she was in her 20s in her hometown of Evansville IN. Suzanne’s primary concerns have been economic development and strategic planning, conservative taxation and regulatory policies, and citizen leadership development.
After graduating in the first Leadership Evansville class, Suzanne became intimately involved in LE, becoming the first graduate to be President of the organization. She headed a public/private task force in the late 70’s that began the effort to redevelop the downtown riverfront area and served on numerous local boards in leadership positions. She worked for 14 years in a variety of management positions for Whirlpool Corporation in Evansville and at the company’s headquarters in Michigan.
She later owned a plastics manufacturing plant in Indiana and was General Manager for a distribution center in Los Angeles. While in Dallas TX obtaining her MBA from SMU, and on leave from Whirlpool, she hosted a television show about real estate development and worked as a business writer for the Dallas Times Herald.
Throughout her 40 year business career Suzanne Klapp has been involved in improving the cities where she has lived. Now in Scottsdale for the past 17 years Suzanne continues that same tradition.
Suzanne was elected to the City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. She owns the FASTFRAME franchise stores in Scottsdale and serves with her husband as a Regional Developer for the franchise in Arizona. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and serves on the Advisory Board for Scottsdale Leadership.
She was instrumental in forming the Scottsdale Gateway Alliance (SGA) to encourage development and reinvestment in the McDowell Road Corridor. She has been involved in the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, several Rotary clubs, and is an elected Republican precinct committeeman.
Suzanne chairs the Council’s Audit Committee, is a member of the Council’s Westworld Sub-Committee, served on MAG’s Domestic Violence Council and is a member of Valley Metro’s RPTA Board of Directors that provides transportation leadership in Maricopa County.
A welcome reception will begin at 5:30pm, with a presentation from Nassem at 6:00pm, followed by a reception at 7:00pm with food, drinks and the opportunity to see some of Nassem's designs. The museum will be open, free of charge during the reception, with full docent support.