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Sunglass Queen Ahlem Manai-Platt Shares Her Design-Focused Favorites

By Laura Eckstein Jones | April 22, 2020 | People

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Walk down Abbot Kinney and you’ll find not one, not two, but six eyewear shops. But Ahlem, a jewel-box boutique filled with books, sculpture and a tight selection of luxurious glasses and sunnies, stands out. “We put so much detail and attention into every component of our glasses,” says founder Ahlem Manai-Platt, who works with craftspeople in France on the limited-edition, handmade specs. “The quality is not subjective. I think that is the biggest difference for us.” Inspired by everything from Parisian culture to Venice Beach, Manai-Platt names the Bauhaus movement of the early 20th century as a driving force. “My designs reflect the Bauhaus commitment to craftsmanship, functionality and simplicity,” says Manai-Platt, who, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, is donating 25% of every eyewear purchase online to No Kid Hungry. Here, the Venice resident shares what's on her current wish list.

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“I love how this watch’s dial can be reversed and flip inward.” Reverso classic small timepiece in stainless steel, $4,050, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Beverly Hills, jaeger-lecoultre.com

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“These flats are super simple, but the metal anklet straps add a little flash.” Ballerina flats, $690, by Jil Sander at ssense.com

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“This chair is on my wish list! I love the design.” 1950s brown wooden teak and cane lounge chairs, two for $27,428, by Pierre Jeanneret at 1stdibs.com

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“I like the combination of this linen and leatherlike jacket.” Kayla jacket, $580, rodebjer.com

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“This strong ring can revolve and be worn inside or out. For moments of creativity, turning it inward gives a strength of energy, or you could wear it outward to exhort your power.” Les Gardiens ring, price upon request, amelieviaene.com

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“The mixture of color—not so orange and not so red—makes this lipstick perfect for wearing day and night.” Rouge Hermès matte lipstick in Rouge Casaque, $67, Hermès, Beverly Hills, hermes.com

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“I love our new Vivienne frame! It’s big and comfortable.” Vivienne frame in light turtle, $455, Ahlem, Venice, ahlemeyewear.com



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Photography by: portrait by Ashley Barrett; product photos courtesy of brands