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Giza, Cairo, Egypt.
Hebz Boutique: Rainbow of Jewellery & Accessories in Giza
In the middle of the shop are two, large, glass-topped tables displaying bright, funky, fashionable bracelets. Many are made from material, beads or leather, customised with neon pendants in the shape of skulls, peace signs, hearts and the famous Hebz hand. There are also some colourful, felt earrings, embellished with large gems, different from any we've seen before. Although a little pricey - at around 450LE - a unique pair of these, in our opinion, could be both dressed up or down and would ensure you stood out from the crowd.
Hebz also stocks jewellery for special, formal occasions when it is imperative to sparkle the most. A very large, gorgeous pair of dangly, diamanté ear rings caught our eye and cost around 1100LE. However, a slightly less imposing pair were priced at a more reasonable 440LE. There is also a range of necklaces and rings, some flashy and dazzling and some more subtle and delicate, to complete any set of bling. A small but glitzy pair of stud ear rings for everyday wear was priced at an attractive 180LE.
Under the centre tables is a medley of Safir, leather ballet pumps in a multitude of colours and summery, rubber, peep toe shoes, again decorated with gems (350LE-550LE). A pair of Safir ballet pumps would set you back up to 440LE - they did look like they were good quality and we're guessing they must be extra comfortable.
It appears that Elawadi has a good eye for handbags too, stocking large totes, exclusive Moni&j, snake-effect bags and smaller clutch bags. A stunning leather clutch with chain detailing costs around 1900LE, whilst a simple one with neon edges is priced at 500LE.
If all this wasn't enough to gain a celebrity fashion status, there are a few pairs of designer sunglasses for sale, ranging from 1400LE to a whopping 5100LE.
We also spotted a few other things such as novelty t-shirts, children's clothes, iPhone covers, candles and incense, although the main focus of the shop is on jewellery and accessories. The lone shop assistant was pleasant and unimposing and appeared to be happy to help.
Hebz Boutique is neither unnecessarily expensive nor cheap and the designs are quirky, unusual, hip and trendy, and there appears to be an ample amount of sparkle and jewels for every occasion. Pop in to the First Mall for a sassy shopping experience and kit yourself - or a friend - out with some cool, Hebz accessories.
With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo’s increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there.
We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze.
The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out.
The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.
Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch.
The outlet’s second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season.
Overall, Mango’s summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it’s a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper.