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Egypt Makes Business of Fashion's Top 500

Business of Fashion has just released its 2014 list of the most influential people in the industry and for the first time ever Egypt has made the cut as Editor-in-Chief of Cairo's Pashion Magazine, Susan Sabet appears on the list.

Staff Writer

One might not exactly call Egypt or the Arab world style central, but we're getting there. Baby steps people, baby steps. Business of Fashion has just released its list of the 500 most influential people in the business - kind of like Forbes' list but with better shoes. Of course all the people you'd expect made the list but – but – the Middle East was totally ON THERE and what's more, Egypt was too. Yes, we only had one entry but quite frankly anytime we're not on a list that has to do with obesity, pollution or the seven hundred and fifty four other issues our country's grappling with, we do a little jump for joy.  

Our one entry on the list is Susan Sabet, the stylish maven behind Pashion Magazine. Owner of Lina Publishing Ltd, she founded the glossy in 2003 and since then it's veritably penetrated the Arab world, currently distributed in nine countries. She's also the brain behind Cairo Fashion Nights, a yearly fashion festival that draws out all of the city's sartorially savvy.

Other notable entries, and by notable we mean Arab, are Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE – can you say Arab money? Most of the entries from this list are in retail – buyers or the people behind luxury fashion empires – and two out of three from the Saudi list are royals (duh). Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco all have a handful of fashion fiends featured on the list but this time several are designers like Elie Saab and Azzedina Alaia, abd Moroccan Sidney Toledo holds the reigns at Christian Dior (like, global Dior). All in all guys, give yourselves a pat on the back, Arabs are making some waves in the fashion sphere.

Obviously the US dominated the list with everyone from Alexander Wang to Leandra Medine making the cut, followed closely by the UK and France - that lifelong arbiter of good taste and chicness - which sits comfortably in third.