Holiday Spotlight on Canadian Designer Tarek Al-Azbat

The holidays make us all warm and fuzzy over some of the great people we’ve met. Leading up to the holiday we’re going to features some of these people and tell you a little bit about them and what’s on their minds for the holiday season. We believe that everyone has a story to tell.

Tarek Al-Azbat is the Creative Director and Head Designer for  NellaBella – a handbag company based in Toronto. He’s warm, gracious and passionate about design and life.

Tarek with Sonya at the NellaBella party October 2013Over brunch one day I had mentioned I was going to the south of France. I remember his reaction. “Don’t bother with the tourist traps,” he said to me. “Instead go walking hand-in-hand with your hubby and experience the beauty that this part of France has to offer. You will love it!”  I knew right then and there that we approach life the same way… It’s about experiences and life is for living.

What’s incredible about his company? Not only is his collection vegan but they are stylish! Working with the best non-animal products and his eye for details has brought this designer some serious media attention. From the pages of Flare and Fashion Magazines to a spotlight on ET Canada and countless fashion blog features, Tarek is a darling on the fashion scene.

But who does he design for?  “Nella Bella is for those that are chic and demand the best,” says Tarek.

I had a chance to chat with Tarek about what he’s up to for the fast approaching holiday season.

What do you love most about this time of year? 

The gathering with friends and family.

What is your dream holiday vacation? 23globe-paris-xmas-blog480

Paris at Christmas!

What’s on your holiday wishlist? 

Cartier Tank Ring or a new iMAC.

It’s party season! Where are your favourite spots for celebrating in the city?

ShangriLa Hotel, Spoke Club, and Soho House.

What’s your idea of a perfect New Years?

 NYC Street Party and off to a club after.

Describe your holiday collection in three words. 

Glam. Chic. Simple.

ASTER-Groupe02What’s HOT from your handbag collection for the holidays — that we should hurry up and get before they are all gone? 

The Aster Tote! (shown here)

If we can’t get to a store that carries your brand, I know we can online shop directly! What is the deadline for holiday orders? 

December 20th (in Canada)

Make three wishes. 

Good Health, Happiness, and Peace

To see his amazing designs visit
I love the line for not just for fashion sensibility and the “feel good” factor but also the creative components. Tarek’s attention to the small details from design to packaging speaks volumes for the care he puts into the business. And the bonus…the brand is Canadian!
Here are my top 5 favourites from his current collection…including his collaboration with Cake Beauty that is now available in stores!

Sonya is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of She is also a well-established contributing lifestyle writer to other sites and magazines sharing her passion for arts & culture, fashion, beauty, travel and food. Sonya is based in Toronto, Canada. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @theculturepearl

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