Born in Lebanon and raised in Kenya, Rani Zakhem says he draws inspiration from the aesthetics of his surroundings. A faithful Vogue and Vanity Fair reader, Zakhem has always sought a career in design and fashion. In 1992, the young designer moved back to Lebanon to pursue his education, and earned a bachelor’s of science in interior design from the Lebanese American University in 2005. He then earned a degree in fashion design from New York's Parsons School of Design. Before launching his own brand, Zakhem worked with big names such as Yigal Azrouel, Carlos Miele, Patricia Underwood and Zuhair Murad.
In 2009, he decided to venture out with his own eponymous label. Since then, the Rani Zakhem brand has diversified into several lines to include ready to wear, couture and exquisite bridal gowns.