Who is Mrs. Rake?
The idea was to create a persona with values who would exist independently, yet would complement her male alter ego.
If he is the modern voice of classic elegance, she has a twist of her own. Remember Françoise Hardy in her yellow
rally jumpsuit and BOUM Helmet … just a couple of minutes before hitting the runway with the iconic Paco Rabanne
mirror dress? Mrs. Rake embodies this dichotomy. She is driven by travel, adventures and passion yet, she’s elegant
and sophisticated, ever curious and living for the moment. Mrs. Rake is bold and confident, she cares about people
and doesn’t conform to the playbook. She can be the pilot of a classic-car rally, she can walk a red carpet barefoot
dazzling in diamonds, and ties her shirt in a bow, not caring if the linen becomes all wrinkled. She will board a
plane for 10 hours straight just to experience the joy of being covered in dust in the Nevada desert, she’ll tell
you about it while cooking dinner for 15 people. Mrs. Rake is at the center of the party because people are
naturally drawn towards her. She will challenge her other half with a smile only to assert that together they can
rule a chunk of the world… leaving pride, jealousy and condescension to the side.
What is our mission?
In 2015, when The Eye of Jewelry was about to be launched, I wanted to change the perception of jewellery as more
“necessary” rather than “accessory”. The first observation that crossed my mind was that it was very easy when
you’re a woman to find an outfit that makes you sexy, glamorous, elegant, or just hot. The equation is the
following: a designer’s dress with a structured fit, a high-heeled stiletto, even Golden Goose sneakers could do the
trick and that’s that. Yet it won’t define who you are… only your accessories will. Your clutch, your hat, the watch
on your wrist, the earrings you’re stacking or what rings you put on which fingers: that, and only that, will make
the difference and make you different. Opening the first brick-and-mortar shops for The Rake was a challenging
exercise for everyone, the clientele can’t be fooled in the Maldives, especially women. They are used to travelling
the world, they are knowledgeable and if they landed in the Fari Islands it’s not by serendipity. They are seeking
experiences, triggering emotions, opening up their inner sensors, so we had to create physically what we master
digitally at The Rake. Each piece in the curation has a story to tell. Each brand we select ought to empower women,
celebrate feminine leadership, and focus on ethical sourcing and craftmanship.
About the brand selection …
When I was first brought on-board this project two years ago, my primary role was to sort out a cool selection of
jewellery pieces that I would want to see in a Maldivian resort. Looking back … things have evolved quite a bit.
Travelling as much as we normally do – particularly in this team and with this job – I always found it very
frustrating landing in a destination with a shop – regardless how big or small, luxurious or confidential it is –
and feeling disarmed by the lack of unity. The price tags often justified by “just because it’s part of a hotel you
have to pay more.” Moreover, the actual selection of brands and items had not been curated, probably not even
chosen. As if someone someday responded to a seller’s request “we have some space, we need some things, ship it to
this address, we’ll do the best we can,” end of story. Well, that’s not the way we roll and what we have created is
a revolutionary concept in luxury retail, where The Rake and Mrs. Rake stores becomes the world’s first fully
shoppable vacation experience as an escapade for discovery, something away from home that you want to bring
In doing-so I looked after the jewellery selection with stories to tell… Think of Selim Mouzannar: a Lebanese
gemmologist, stone dealer, jeweler and artisan who learned everything from his father’s bench in the family
workshop, hating the world of jewellery in the first place. Yet, he studied gemology in Paris, he lived for six
months on the border of Thailand and Cambodia to learn about ruby mining; trained in Anvers, Belgium to master
diamonds, and was the head buyer of an international jewellery company based in the Middle East before establishing
his eponymous brand. At 58 years-old, based in Beirut, he is one of the most respected jewellers mastering the art
of enameling, gem cutting and jewellery craftmanship for the last two decades. In the upcoming weeks you will
discover the world of Hélène Prime who was an interior design decorator, who has always been fond of colours and
ornamental stones. On her travels around the world, she encountered a man who worked with horn which he would take
from old-cow’s hooves, crafting them into objects like decorative jars and cuffs. It gave her the idea to adorn them
with cabochon-cut ornamental stones (such as turquoise, malachite, lapis, amazonite, quartz etc) transforming a
single yet simple and elegant material into a what could become a statement piece of jewellery made entirely of
natural materials. In the upcoming weeks, you will learn about Rivka Nahmias who transformed the smaller letter of
the Hebrew alphabet into a talisman symbol or dig into the mesmerizing colorful world of Alexandra Abramczyk not to
forget the whimsical bestiary of Yvonne Leon who made animal jewellery the ultimate beach accessory.
When you purchase something from a brand such as these, you entwine yourself into the journey they are on and the
story they are telling. And who knows, perhaps you can begin a story of your own, just make sure not to forget to