We first saw Lebanese designer Nur Kaoukji’s work at 28 Kothi, the boutique guesthouse in Jaipur that’s triggered all manner of Rajasthani Princess daydreams, but the creative director of lifestyle label Ecru has clearly been super busy, channeling her love of Indian handicrafts and pattern into her work both at the Kothi as well as in her own store.
Nur answered the Nico Q&A.
Your personal style is:
Comfortable! My closet is an accumulation of ethnic clothing, comfortable essentials, funky hand-me-downs and sexy friend swaps.
What are your favourite online design resources?
I'm not the most tech savvy, but I definitely drag and drop whenever I see a beautiful picture online. However, I'm a sucker for print. I love books. I love visiting exhibitions and am usually even more excited about purchasing the catalogue to go through after the exhibition. So I think books, of all kinds, are my preferred resources.
Does your approach to style change with the seasons?
One of my favorite pieces of clothing is a winter coat, so when winter starts to creep, the first thing I do is pull it out. Nothing makes me feel more elegant than when I have a beautiful coat draped on my shoulders. My style doesn't change per se, but the colder months are definitely seasoned with an extra pinch of drama.
Favourite shopping destination, anywhere in the world?
So many to choose from!
Buly, an apothecary in Paris that is an entirely magical and mysterious retail experience.
The Birthday Bazaar in Jaipur, a chaotic mess of all things that shimmer and shine.
Senteurs D'Orient in Beirut, selling olive oil-based soaps fragranced with natural oils that make me want to shower all day long.
La Mere De Famille in Paris; If Willy Wonka really had a chocolate shop this would be it.