This photo was taken in South Beirut–an area known in the Western media as a “Hezbollah stronghold”. But Hezbollah’s leader, Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, is not the only Nasrallah in town. (Of course the shop above probably doesn’t mind banking off the name recognition).
In fact, South Beirut can actually can be a pretty fashion conscious neighborhood.
Just take a look at this store window nearby:
When taking this shot, the owner, a 20 something guy, rushed outside to confront me: “Isn’t it beautiful,” he said with a huge smile on his face. “I made the design myself,” he added, proudly describing himself as an avid reader of fashion magazines and always “up-to-date” on the latest trends.