The local fashion scene in Cairo has been growing in recent years, run by young twenty-something-year-olds who proudly incorporate Egypt’s most traditional themes and patterns into their designs and adding a modern twist. At twenty-four, Amina K is at the forefront of this movement, using purely Egyptian cotton and designs to create funky bohemian clothing and accessories.

Amina K’s showroom is located in a quiet, nondescript residential building in Mohandiseen, but the space itself is a bright, energetic and innovative oasis filled with a variety of multicoloured clothes, embroidered high-waist belts and hand-sewn, crescent-shaped and oversized clutches.

The room is lined with racks of clothes, including maxi dresses with Fayoum macramé detail, double-sided kelim vests and loose cotton shorts as well as long tunics with printed florals, abayas and galabayas. Each piece is a unique mix of different textures, colours and patterns. The designs are inspired by traditions in El Arish and Fayoum, and use kelim and patchwork detail. Prices for clothes and accessories range from 450LE to 800LE.

At the centre of the showroom, a table proudly displays leather and El Arish embroidered high-waisted belts (starting at 475LE), shirts of various colours, textures and details, as well as the designer's new line of sunglasses for Baraka (625LE). The adjoining room serves as the workplace for the seamstresses, where the next season’s designs are created. However, there are a few racks in the room containing summer sale items (with an average price of 300LE), including maxi dresses, Al Arish embroidered high-waisted silk skirts, patterned shorts and tops. Don’t be afraid to try on unique pieces such as the cotton one-sleeve and double-sided dress accessorised with an El Arish-inspired rope belt.

The showroom’s sales staff are attentive, friendly and eager to offer advice on how to wear the clothing. You can easily spend a few hours here trying on outfits and accessories, and trading fashion tips. This is particularly important because the pieces can be so bold and distinctive; they require some finesse and skill to be worn effectively.

Amina K employs only Egyptian seamstresses and since most collections are handmade, you would assume that the number of pieces and sizes are limited. Surprisingly, though; many items have sizes ranging from XS to XL, though certain combinations of colour and design may not be available in each size. Regardless of your age, style or size; Amina K aims to cater to all trendy Egyptian women.

If you’re looking for unique clothing items proudly boasting Egypt’s heritage in a modern way, look no further than Amina K. You will leave this showroom not only with new items to add to your wardrobe; but also with a wealth of knowledge on how to pull off that chic Cairene look.