Ameena & Asma Khalid Saif

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Mar 1 2017 / 22:14 PM

28 & 26, Bahraini

Ameena & Asma Khalid Saif

As the creative directors of Bahrain-based clothing brand AKS The Label, sisters Ameena and Asma Khaled Saif have a well-trained eye for fashion. When it comes to their personal style, each has her own distinctive look. “I’d describe mine as street chic, but really laidback and relaxed,” Asma tells Bazaar, whilst Ameena says hers is “a blend of classic and street. I love minimal outfits with added twists.” These styles are reflected in the women they each name as their style icons. For Asma, it’s Rihanna because, “I love how original and raw her style is. Even if an outfit isn’t really my style, I still admire how she pulls it off,” whereas Olivia Palermo is who Ameena looks up to sartorially. “I love how she puts her outfits together. She always looks polished and effortless.”

Shopping monthly, the sisters say that their favourite store is COS. “We shop specifically for basic items like T-shirts and jumpers. We love pairing COS pieces with our AKS essentials.”

During the week when based in the studio, Asma says their style “is mostly smart casual. We make sure we look chic, but are comfortable at the same time ready for a long day in the office.” Ameena adds, “Our style is more relaxed on the weekends.” However, there are two items which they work into every outfit. “My Hermès Birkins are my most treasured items and I wear one almost every day. They suit most of my looks and are convenient whilst still remaining incredibly stylish,” Ameena explains. “For me, I wear my Cartier Ballon Bleu watch most of the time,” says Asma. “I definitely have a weak spot for watches and this was the first one I bought for myself. I also love my Chanel two-tone slingback pumps. They’re the perfect addition to a casual outfit and they’re so comfortable that I can wear them all day long.”

When it comes to collectibles, it’s accessories that have won over both of the sisters. For Asma, it’s vintage watches and sunglasses. “I currently own a collection that was owned by my parents, with additional pieces that I have personally purchased. Though there’s some I’m still on the hunt for.” Ameena adds, “It’s shoes for me. I’ve been collecting special edition, limited edition, runway collection and special pieces forever and I can’t stop. I’m almost at over 100.”

Ameena wears Gucci top,at AKS The Label trousers. Asma wears AKS The Label top, Monse trousers at Dior shoes, her own. Photography:  Richard Hall.  Styling: Samah Elmeri. Words: Maddison Glendinning. Hair & make-up: Blowout & Go