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 in 2005 he earned a bachelor’s of science in interior design from the Lebanese American University. He then got accepted at New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design, where he earned a degree in fashion design. Before launching his own brand, Zakhem worked with big names such as Yigal Azrouel, Carlos Miele, Patricia Underwood and Zuhair Murad to name a few. 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.