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From Plant to Leather

Egyptian entrepreneur revolutionizes fashion with sustainable exotic leather alternative

Isn’t it about time Egypt hopped on the eco-friendly fashion train? Nuhayr Zein has done just that. Zein is an Egyptian entrepreneur, inventor, and founder of a sustainable alternative to exotic leather.

Her brand Leukeather offers an ethical option for the fashion industry by providing cruelty-free and environmentally conscious alternatives to traditional materials. Derived from Egypt’s rich natural resources, Leukeather is a perfect example of the endless possibilities of sustainable fashion in the local scene.


Zein was one of four winners of the Unlock Her Future Prize 2023 MENA Edition initiated by The Bicester Collection as part of its philanthropic program, DO GOOD. In its first year, the prize promoted female social entrepreneurs in the Middle East & North Africa. Each winner received a grant of US $100,000 in financial capital to launch and develop the start-up, tailored education support with NYU Abu Dhabi, and access to international expert mentorships. Zein later participated in Egypt Fashion Week through The Bicester Collection’s support.

"Leaukeather" sustainable leather aleternative table.


Participating in Egypt Fashion Week marked a significant milestone for Zein and Leukeather. This esteemed platform, dedicated to championing local talent, has served as a catalyst for start-ups’ growth. Egypt Fashion Week not only provides visibility to designers but also facilitates collaborations within the local, regional and international fashion industry.

Expressing heartfelt appreciation, Zein acknowledges the unwavering support received from the Unlock Her Future prize with The Bicester Collection and Egypt Fashion Week. This support has not only accelerated the growth of Leukeather but has also spotlighted the importance of sustainable alternatives in the fashion industry. Zein and her team are committed to continuing their journey towards creating a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. Together, they are making a powerful statement that beauty and sustainability can coexist harmoniously, shaping the future of the fashion industry.

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