-The Esquire 100 - Sarah Hermez
When Sarah Hermez graduated from the elite Parsons School of Design in New York City, she could have joined the thousands of other ingénues toiling away and competing for a spot on the bottom rung at a major fashion house.
Instead, she opted to return to Beirut, her family’s homeland, on a quest to make fashion design accessible.
Hermez’s fear was that the fashion industry had become too exclusive, with people unable to join the design community due to a lack of money, rather than the talent they possess.
Believing that ‘talent’, and not ‘privilege’, should determine who gets an education in design, Hermez opened a tuition-free fashion school called Creative Space Beirut where anyone was welcome to apply.