By day Rawan Abulhasan is a manager at a bank. But after-hours, she’s an artist, a painter and a small business owner. She is the woman behind Coulr, an experiment which exploded into a cool brand. Her dad’s love of art was passed down to her, and growing up Rawan loved art classes and has always tried to go to as many workshops as she could. It is her outlet from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
Coulr was born out of this love of art and an attempt to create a one-of-a-kind pair of jeans for herself. That was when she realized it could become its own brand. But it is a complicated one, logistically. Each pair is customized, so time can be an issue.
But with grit and determination, Rawan nurtured Coulr to what it is today. She collaborates with local artists, so it has become a team effort that showcases inimitable work. Once an order has been made on the website, it gets sent to the artist based on the clients’ requests. It is then made, labeled, packed and shipped. The entire process takes a total of 7-10 working days from start to finish.
Considering that Rawan has a demanding full- time job, it is a remarkable accomplishment. And she still believes that there is a lot of work ahead and more to be accomplished in the future.
And Coulr has helped Rawan grow as a person too. She thinks there are many interesting things to learn about art, artists and their work. She has already learned first-hand how art can alter a person’s mood and state of mind. How layering colors could change your interpretation of a painting. Wassily Kandinsky, the Russian artist and theorist said it best “Color is a power that directly influences the soul”.
She has already added footwear and children’s clothing to the customized denim offering and is excited about adding more. After all, this is Rawan’s way of bringing more awareness to art. It was an idea and an experiment that became a product and a brand. And we’re pretty sure there will be more to come from Rawan and Coulr in the future.
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TRUTH OR DARE QUESTIONNAIRE
How would your father describe you in one word?
He usually tells me that I am attentive.
How would you describe your father in one word?
One word is not enough for me to describe my father. He is positive, generous, enlightening, loving, and one of a kind. He is a big part of who I am today.
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
This summer my family and I went to Vancouver and zip-lined across the canyons of Grouse Mountain. We started off around the beautiful Blue Grouse Lake on the first few lines then, we went up higher and zip-lined at top speeds of 80-100km/hr across the peaks of Grouse and Dam Mountain. It was amazing!
What is your theme song?
I love music, all kinds of music and because of that I don’t have a specific genre. It all depends on the season, place, mood and time of year. To understand me better you can follow me on my soundcloud @rabulhasan.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
I would say my ideal retirement home would be in a house on the beach somewhere in Europe. I see myself in an urban city that is located next to water. The calmness of the water and the life of a city would be the perfect combination for me.
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
“Life is like riding a bicycle, to stay balanced you have to keep moving.” Quote by Albert Einstein.
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
What do you miss about your childhood?
Being care free.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Hmmm.. I don’t think I would.
How would you describe your handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of your character?
Who is your favorite historical figure?
What in the world do you least desire?
Living a life without laughter.
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place?
Kindness; if there was more kindness in this world of technology all the focus would be shifted from negativity to positivity and we would have a happier world.
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
I am told that I am a good listener and I always try my best to see the good in people.
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”
Living in a peaceful world filled with love and laughter.
Featured image courtesy of Rawan Abulhasan.