Ahlem Manai-Platt On intuition and eyewear.

Ahlem Manai-Platt On intuition and eyewear.

  • Words Bella Gladman
  • Photography Jean-Philippe Lebée

Forget the age-old polarity between commerce and creativity. For Ahlem Manai-Platt, founder of the eponymous luxury eyewear brand AHLEM, “there’s no distinction”—it’s all about trusting your intuition, be that when hiring, designing or making business decisions. Manai-Platt is confidence incarnate—as she says herself, “I never questioned whether I’d succeed. When you’re at the core of what you’re proposing, how can it fail?” It’s this curiosity and confidence that’s taken AHLEM from strength to strength since she launched it in 2014. When we speak, Manai-Platt is enjoying a morning coffee in the LA sun, after dropping her son off at school. It’s curiously domestic compared to her usual routine of regular transatlantic flights to Paris and back. She makes the ...

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