You could say that Gaelle Khouri has always been something of an entrepreneur. When she was but a 13-year-old schoolgirl in Tripoli, she co-founded the Alpha Leo Club, which championed anti-drug campaigns, funded breast cancer screenings for women and fundraised for a 12-year-old girl to undergo a kidney transplant. Pretty impressive accomplishments for a tween.
So it’s hardly surprising that when Gaelle decided to launch the jewellery brand that bears her name, she jumped in boots and all – ditching an economics degree in favour of her passion. “Gaelle Khouri launched last summer in London,” the Beirut resident says. “The business is a start-up so it’s still in its early stages, and I’m self-funded so for the time being I’m a one-woman show, which can get quite exhausting at times.”
The late nights paid off though – within two months of launching, the jewellery collection had been picked up and stocked at the Talisman Gallery at Harvey Nichols, London.
Highlighting Zara and H&M oversized shirts as her fashion staples (“I have them in all colours and wear them all seasons”), Gaelle says it’s generally the way she feels about her body – and not what’s in her wardrobe – that will determine how on point she feels her style is. “Whenever I’m not happy with myself, if I’m not working out as much or have gained a few pounds, I just don’t feel comfortable or at ease with my outfit because I’m not comfortable with my body, and I subconsciously blame it on a lack of clothes!”
Conversely, she believes a positive mindset can be all the style inspiration she needs, “When I feel good within myself, styling feels like the easiest and most fun thing to do. I think that shows how much style is intimately linked to our personality and emotions.”
Photography: Richard Hall. Styling: Charlotte Blair. Words: Kerrie Simon-Lawrence