Sophia Abi Chahine, jewellery designer and owner of Sophia Beirut
‘Beirut is a wonderful chaos – a place where we value art, culture, freedom and differences. It is also a place where big families gather around a Lebanese lunch every Sunday, as tradition would have it. It’s my home. It’s where I grew up to have an opinion, a voice, to have passion, ambition and creativity. It is where I fell in love for the first time, where I met my closest friends and where I learned that, having lived in Beirut, I would be OK anywhere in the world. These photos were taken in Mar Mikhaël – I love this area. It’s crowded and imperfect, but it’s also full of life. This location represents everything I like about my city: freedom, art, togetherness and happiness.’ In shot: Sophia wears bag by Miu Miu.