INTRODUCTION

CREATIVE SPACE BEIRUT SCHOOL OF DESIGN

CSB-SD STUDENTS

CSB-SD ADMISSIONS

CSB-SD EDUCATION

CSB-SD ALUMNI

SUPPORT PROGRAMME

CSB-SD FASHION SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS

COLLABORATIONS

CSB - THE LABEL

CSB-WORLD

CSB WORKSHOPS

CSB PUBLIC WORKS

PRESS AND MEDIA

CSB STUDIOS

SUPPORT / DONATE

CONTACT

THE HANDS ARE THE WORKING ORGANS OF THE HEART.

Creative Space Beirut is a social enterprise (CSB-SE) that provides structures and resources for the development of progressive design practices in the region. Through its school of design, fashion label, and online retail platform, the enterprise intertwines technical and creative education with various businesses and socio-cultural initiatives. This has yielded a holistic and critical approach to design, education and production.


CSB-SE is committed to conscious, critical growth. It works to galvanize its revenue generating branches in order to develop a fully independent, ‘circular’, financial model. This model protects the enterprise from external influences and safeguards its commitment to inclusivity and progress. It allows the enterprise to diversify and empower educational branches by expanding programs and enhancing curriculums, while generating healthy livelihoods, equal opportunity, and ethical practices in the creative industry.


CSB-SE nurtures a space of resistance and adaptation in an environment facing great socio-political, economic, and ecological challenges. It is precisely this context that warrants the most innovation, and the greatest leaps in design practices.

The enterprise advocates an emancipated future, where the gaps of prejudice and inequality are closed through education and conscious labor, by way of design.


CSB-SE was launched in 2011 with the pilot version of Creative Space Beirut School of Design (CSB-SD). Since then, 45 students have been educated under 42 instructors and 320 individuals have participated in workshops, fashion shows, exhibitions and other activities within the ecosystem. With the resources, training and support provided by CSB-SD, students have gone on to pursue masters programs and apprenticeships internationally, teach at various local institutions, enjoy illustrious careers in the fashion industry, and have launched internationally recognized and awarded brands.


In-house brands and production projects support tailors from vulnerable backgrounds, and maintain a healthy ecological footprint by relying primarily on materials donated from excess within the fashion industry.



Creative Space Beirut

School of Design

CSB-SD

At the heart of the social enterprise is CSB-SD, a tuition-free school for fashion design with an intensive 3 year program. The versatile environment supports

the development of design thinking and design practice through a robust, tightly knit, network of students, teachers, and residents.


Through critical, dialogical, and experiential approaches to design learning, and an extensive alumni support system, the CSB-SD community tasks itself in engineering designer/citizens with the ability to maneuver complex socio-political conditions while building meaningful, enduring practices.

CSB-SD STUDENTS

CSB-SD is radically committed to diversity and inclusivity within it’s programs. A small pool of students are admitted each year on the sole basis of talent and determination, and are financially supported throughout their journey.


They are aged between 16 and 25, and hail from all over Lebanon as well as from Palestinian and Syrian refugee communities.

CSB-SD ADMISSIONS

Through an intimate application process with a competitive acceptance rate, CSB-SD selected students that possess talent, a positive work ethic, and inexhaustible drive.


50% of an average of 150 applicants per year are selected and interviewed based on their portfolios, while privileging students from strained economic and social backgrounds. 15 applicants are then selected to participate in a rigorous workshop program to assess their creative potential and character. Lastly, between 5-7 students are chosen to join the program based on talent.

CSB-SD EDUCATION

CSB-SD encourages peer-to-peer learning and creates individualized paths of study where students produce their own work under the mentorship of local and international artists and designers.


The curriculum combines advanced technical training with courses involving creative research and development, the humanities, and critical theory. This gives students ample means to develop systemic and transdisciplinary practices, while providing a more holistic understanding of design.


CSB-SD shares it’s campus and is positively integrated with the various businesses and initiatives of the CSB SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (CSB-SE). Students quickly become integral to its operating structure and workflows as a form of diversified technical training. This ensures intimate exposure and dynamic cross-pollination between liberal arts education and real-world practices.



Students are also given thorough industry experience. Throughout their enrollment, they collaborate with boutiques, private clients and other industry players, and engage in various forms of production, from photo shoots and fashion shows, to producing collections in volume. They are also required to perform at-least 3 termed internships.


Courses on business and marketing are provided each term, as well as workshops on digital literacy and visual communications. This equips students for the digitization of the design market, and the co-dependency of product, identity, and content.


Through this progressive method, CSB-SD has created a space that fosters dialogue between diverse students, nurtures their talent, and helps them turn their ambitions into solid skills while harnessing the ability to properly navigate their industry.



CSB-SD ALUMNI SUPPORT PROGRAMME

Graduating Students are offered admission to the optional Alumni Support Program, which provides a customized structure of support to students following graduation.


The programme assists alumni in networking and career opportunities, acting as a foot up into the competitive fashion world. This also includes in-depth consultancy, continued training, media support, and access to resources from various branches of the Social Enterprise. In exceptional cases CSB-SD provides seed funding for student start-ups.


CSB-SD has been able to guarantee an 80% success rate of job placement within the industry for its graduates. The graduates have gone on to work as designers, patternmakers, and stylists. They have launched their own brands, such as GOODKILL by Hazem Kais, RONI HELOU, and AHMED AMER. Some teach at renowned universities such as Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) and Lebanese American University (LAU), as well as CSB-SD. They partake in international exhibitions and fashion shows, and work or collaborate with designers and boutiques locally and internationally.


CSB-SD FASHION SHOWS

AND EXHIBITIONS


CSB-SD intimately engages it’s local community and the international fashion scene. The collaborations, exhibitions, and fashion shows expose emerging talent in the region to themselves, and to the world.


At the conclusion of each year, all students produce a collection which competes for a slot at the final year fashion show. The momentous event engages the community through musical collaborations, model training, and an extensive volunteer program. Student designs are sold to help sustain the school.

To date our student work has been exhibited in the following venues:


FASHION FORWARD (DUBAI, OCTOBER 2019)

Under the umbrella of CSB-SD Alumni, Hazem Kais and Roni Helou participated in Fashion Forward Dubai - FFD19, the definitive fashion platform for the Gulf and Middle East, providing development, exposure and a progressive direction for the regional fashion industry. Through a fashion show with hundreds of attendees, Hazem unveiled his debut collection “Expression 1” for GOODKILL by Hazem Kais while Roni showed his Fall/Winter 2019 collection for his eponymous brand Roni Helou.

SANTIAGO (BEIRUT, MAY 2019)

A collection of dresses was designed and produced exclusively for Santiago Boutique by CSB-SD’s third year students Amir Al Kasm and Ahmad Abdellatif.

YARED WAREHOUSE (BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 2018)

Taking place in Yared Warehouse while it was under construction, this exhibition was a showcase of collections by students, graduates and alumni, as well as the school’s in-house brands (Second ST and csb ready-to-wear). The highly-anticipated event concluded the 2018 edition of CSB-SD’s annual fashion show.


SANTIAGO (BEIRUT, MAY 2018)


A collection of dresses was designed exclusively for Santiago by CSB-SD alumni and students and launched at the Santiago boutique with the dresses displayed in motion in a curated dance sequence.

FOCH SQUARE (BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 2017)


A live fashion show was curated displaying the thesis collections of the graduating class, as well as selected pieces from 1st and 2nd year student collections. The show was followed by a one week static exhibition at the CSB-SD studios downtown as part of Khan El Joukh’s launch.

DAR EL-NIMER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

(BEIRUT, DECEMBER 2016)

CSB-SD displayed the work of its first five graduating students in a live fashion show. The private show was followed by a two day static exhibition open to the public.

VILLA AUDI (BEIRUT, NOVEMBER 2015)


The exhibition (Weaving the Sea) displayed the results of collaborations that brought together craftsmen and designers from the different shores of the Mediterra nean. Students worked with Spanish textile artist Carlos Salvador to create an elaborate patchwork coat.

4 CONCEPT STORE (KUWAIT, OCTOBER 2015)


CSB-SD collaborated with the concept store 4, based in Kuwait, in which each student created individual collections. After exhibiting their collections, 4 provided one student with a grant to create an exclusive winter collection for its prestigious store.

CONTEMPORARY ART PLATFORM

(KUWAIT, OCTOBER 2014)

This was the school’s first regional exhibition outside Lebanon, which also included the launch of csb ready to-wear. CSB-SD collaborated with a local PR company “Pretty Little Thangs” to organize a fundraising event.

LA GRANDE BRASSERIE DU LEVANT

(BEIRUT, JULY 2014)

CSB-SD took part in a group exhibition (Creativity and Regeneration) displaying the various design and art initiatives that were born and bred in Mar Mikhael in an effort to promote local work.

BSOUS SILK MUSEUM (BEIRUT, JULY 2013)


CSB-SD received a grant to bring artist Denise Maroney from New York to teach a silk workshop to its students. The results of the workshop, including a collaborative silk embroidery piece and silk painted scarves, were exhibited at the Silk Museum in Bsous.

BOKJA DESIGN STUDIO (BEIRUT, JUNE 2013)


Creative Space Beirut exhibited their 2013 collaborative collection at Bokja Design Studio. The exhibition was the final show of the week.

6:05 AT DEPECHEMODE (BEIRUT, AUGUST 2012)


Creative Space Beirut displayed its items in an exhibition at a concept store 6:05 Depeche Mode to experiment with working in a retail environment.

BEIRUT ART CENTER (BEIRUT, MARCH 2012)


This week-long exhibition was the first CSB-SD show in a gallery space after the pilot project. Items were sold in a silent auction. The exhibition brought upwards of 300 attendees.

SAIFI URBAN GARDENS (BEIRUT, AUGUST 2011)


The CSB-SD pilot project took place over three months in an underground studio in Saifi Urban Gardens, and included five preliminary students. A collaborative collection was created and displayed in an exhibition. All of the thirty pieces were sold.


COLLABORATIONS

Collaborations are an essential means of outreach and growth for the CSB Social Enterprise. In-house labels frequently partner with members of the design community, as well as alumni and students of CSB-SD to create special edition items and capsule collections.


Throughout their enrollment, CSB-SD students collaborate with boutiques, private clients and other industry players, to engage in various forms of production- from photo shoots and fashion shows, to producing collections in volume.

CSB-SD X FASHION TRUST ARABIA - 2020

Fashion Trust Arabia (FTA) is a non-profit organization that provides financial and business support and exposure to fashion designers in the MENA region. In October 2020 FTA approached CSB-SD for a collaboration to produce a line of limited-edition high-end face masks that follow WHO guidelines and are sold online. The masks and their designers were featured across FTA and CSB platforms. FTA and CSB-SD split profits between their initiatives.

STUDIO COLLEKTIF X CSB - 2020

In December 2020 CSB launched an ongoing collaboration with the online shop Studio Collectif to design detachable collars.

CSB-SD X SANTIAGO - 2019

A collection of dresses was designed exclusively for Santiago by CSB-SD students and alumni. It was launched and sold at the Santiago boutique.

CSB X INAASH - 2018

Inaash is a Lebanese NGO that generates employment for Palestinian refugee women through the preservation and promotion of Palestinian embroidery. They frequently collaborate with CSB to create embroidered wearables.

CSB X L’ ARTISAN DU LIBAN - 2018

Inaash is a Lebanese NGO that generates employment for Palestinian refugee women through the preservation and promotion of Palestinian embroidery. They frequently collaborate with CSB to create embroidered wearables.

WEAVING THE SEA - 2015

The exhibition (Weaving the Sea) displayed the results of collaborations that brought together craftsmen and designers from the different shores of the Mediterra nean. Students worked with Spanish textile artist Carlos Salvador to create an elaborate patchwork coat.

4 CONCEPT STORE (KUWAIT, OCTOBER 2015)

CSB-SD collaborated with the concept store 4, based in Kuwait, in which each student created individual collections. After exhibiting their collections, 4 provided one student with a grant to create an exclusive winter collection for its prestigious store.


CSB - THE LABEL

CSB is the flagship label of the Creative Space Beirut Social Enterprise. It is at the core of the enterprises circular financial sustainability model, while providing the grounds for experimentation and evolution in industry practices.

The label operates as a dynamic design collaboration between the students, alumni, teachers, and affiliates of CSB-SD. It deploys a living collection of wearables, accessories, and functional surfaces reflecting a process of trend-transcendent design thinking, conscious collaboration, and sustainable local manufacturing.



CSB WORLD


CSB-WORLD IS THE ONLINE RETAIL PLATFORM OF THE LABEL CSB, AND A PORTAL TO VISUAL AND ARTISTIC

EXPLORATIONS THAT TAKE PLACE ON, AND BEYOND, THE CSB-SD CAMPUS.

THE STUDENT-INCLUSIVE WEBSITE ALSO PROVIDES PRODUCTS FROM THE CSB-SD COMMUNITY. THESE INCLUDE ALUMNI COLLABORATIONS, SELECTED STUDENT WORK, TREASURES FROM OUR WORKSHOPS, AND MORE.

A PORTION OF ALL SALES IS DIVERTED TO THE SCHOOL, AND CONSUMERS ARE GIVEN

THE OPTION TO DONATE DIRECTLY AS WELL.


CSB WORKSHOPS

CSB-SD invites the public to take part in an array of evening workshops held by industry professionals, including some of the school’s instructors and alumni. These take place at our spaces in Beirut.

The school is currently working on developing a subscription-based online education platform, CSB-WORKSHOPS.

The website will provide on-going specialized coursework through the critical and holistic learning approaches of the CSB School of Design, which provide a healthy balance of Theory, Practice, Creativity, and Critical Self-Reflection.



CSB PUBLIC WORKS

CSB PUBLIC WORKS seeks essential humanitarian gaps in Lebanon that can be filled through skills relating to design and material fabrication, and tackles them through hybrid teams of CSB-SD students and teachers, as well as enterprise employees.

In response to the rise of Covid-19 and the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment for medical staff in hospitals in Lebanon, CSB-SE, in partnership with UNICEF Lebanon, converted their facilities into a 100% safe working space to produce protective gear over the duration of a two month project. The process saw the distribution of 5000 items of protective gear to hospitals free of charge.

This leads to various production projects in the public and private sector relating to public health and safety. New partners abroad have provided work for some of CSB-SD’s alumni and students, and to tailors from vulnerable backgrounds in financially strained times.


PRESS AND MEDIA

CSB-SE has been featured extensively in both Lebanese and international media outlets, including Vogue, Marie Claire, Al Jazeera News, Le Monde, Brownbook, PopSugar, Al-Jadeed, L’Officiel, Suitcase, Elle, and more..


Creative Space Beirut Social Enterprise is currently located on Monot Street, Beirut. It comprises the school campus, enterprise offices, and the CSB store and showroom. The street-level space invites public interaction while still providing an intimate setting for production and collaboration across the various branches.


SUPPORT

The Social Enterprise’s growth is made possible through the support of the Drosos Foundation.


Throughout the years the Social enterprise has also received support from generous individual sponsors and international partnerships. Fabric stores and fashion designers such as Urban Zen, Arje, Derek Lam and Diane von Furstenberg have donated textiles for students to use.

DONATE

CSB-SE aims to achieve a fully circular financial model through

it’s in-house brand, CSB. While it is well on it’s way, it has not yet fully achieved this goal.


The enterprise is still operating through generous donations from institutions and individuals, and is always seeking to diversify its sources of funding.

Please reach out if you are interested in supporting free, inclusive, design education.


info@creativespacebeirut.com

+ 961 81 32 67 73, + 961 1 20 10 88

CREATIVE SPACE BEIRUT

GROUND FLOOR, MONOT RESIDENCE BUILDING.

MONOT STREET, BEIRUT, LEBANON.