YARA BASHOOR is a Miami-based designer of unique handbags made of exquisite materials such as American Alligator and South African Ostrich combined with Italian Lambskin.
Yara graduated from University of Miami School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture and Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law with a Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude. After practicing law for over a dozen years, she returned to her design roots.
Her diverse experiences come into play in the products she designs. Her pieces are characterized by an architectural, sculptural form that is both vintage and contemporary, with meticulous attention to detail. Architects Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry are both inspirations to Yara because of the way they challenged the square box conventions with their curvy designs and have become a recognizable part of Miami’s colorful architectural landscape. Yara seeks to achieve the same impact with her designs, becoming a staple of Miami and its local community.
Ya Bashoor is committed to creating timeless, season-less luxury products that are characterized by simplicity, quality and durability that can be passed down from generation to generation.
She developed her first collection very hands-on with a small family workshop in Hong Kong. She now works closely with highly-skilled artisans in a larger established family-owned atelier in South Africa called Selmint International who has an excellent reputation for giving back to the community and taking every step possible to be environmentally responsible.
Yara Bashoor is multi-cultural, born in Los Angeles to a Colombian immigrant mother and an American father, and she grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is very close to her family and values personal relationships. She is adventurous, well traveled and loves to fly as she is also a private pilot. Her home is in South Florida.