Five minutes with Abdulla Al-Abdulla
Written by Oryx
Living between London, Paris, and Doha, Qatari fashion consultant and influencer Abdulla Al-Abdulla launched his fashion and lifestyle blog TheeAbdulla.com less than two years ago. But the 23-year-old jet-set traveller already has a huge following around the globe.
How it did it all start?
It began around four years ago when I was writing for The New York Times’ fashion magazine and Glam, a Qatari magazine. While covering different shows, I used to get many photographs, and I wanted to put them all somewhere. I started off on Tumblr and got very popular there; so I thought, why don’t I start a fully fledged blog since people care about what I’m wearing? This was a year and a half ago. Four months ago, I relaunched, and since then, the blog has been getting around 30,000 views every month.
Who inspires you the most?
While growing up, just being around my mother, who was conscious about fashion, inspired me. I grew up reading magazines like Vogue and being mesmerised by editorials; that was also inspiring.
What styling advice would you give to Arab men?
Go with how you feel – don’t dress based on labels or because someone else is wearing it, but on quality and the things you love.
Would you recommend something you’ve only heard of?
I only talk about things I’ve personally done or tried. I know some bloggers get paid to write about products they haven’t even tried yet or tried but don’t like. When I get approached, I say, “Let me try it, and if it works for me, I’ll talk about it.” Otherwise, you’re misleading your readers into doing something you haven’t personally done.
What do you ultimately want to achieve with TheeAbdulla?
I started the blog to help guide people. I cover travel, lifestyle, and clothing; it’s about everything I’ve tried. For instance, if I like certain products, I tell people that they’re good. When it comes to travel, I advise on which good hotels to stay at, restaurants, and hotspots. Educating my readers is so important for me, because sometimes you visit a place and you don’t know where to go or eat. I want to have a reference for people. Other than that, I want it to be a stepping stone to getting into the fashion industry, whether through a concept store, starting a brand, or working with a magazine. I just want to see where it will take me.
Where in the world will you go next?
New York. It’s one of my favourite places – exhilarating and full of energy. When people walk down the street, you feel their passion. They’re going somewhere to achieve something, and they’re going to chase their dreams. That’s what I love. Going somewhere with so much energy.
What essential items do you always pack when you travel?
I have a hat that I’m obsessed with. It’s a fedora, 1950s style. I take it everywhere with me, no matter what season it is. I also take a pair of boots because they’re very versatile. You can wear them with a suit or jeans; they can be formal or informal. And I definitely pack basics – things that are plain not printed, which I can re-wear, dress up, or dress down.