Lubna Najjar is bringing her designs to the Short North

Lubna Najjar, the owner and founder of Lubna Designs, recently announced she'll be opening her own store front next year in the Short North.

The designer, who showed at CMH Fashion Week, just launched her ready-to-wear line at Royal Factory Atelier and is bringing her creations to Kifle Boutique. She said she expects her store to open in late spring/summer of 2014.

Najjar said she'll be drumming up excitement with a series of pop-up shops over the next few months. Keep an eye on her Facebook page as she announces them, and head over to Kifle on Thursday, Dec. 19, as Lubna Designs launches its Holiday/Resort line. Najjar said she'll be hosting a mini fashion show at 7 p.m. and will have light refreshments throughout the evening.

We talked with her about what her store will look like and where she finds inspiration.

-Taylor Starek, @taylorstarek

Tell us about your store.

Well Lubna Designs is my company, and the trade name is Il Moda. It means high fashion in Arabic. Il Moda Columbus will be the name of the store. It's going to be in the Short North, probably a little bit closer to campus. The store is a high fashion boutique and beauty bar. You can come in, do some shopping, fittings, order customwear, order a piece from me or another designer. You'll be able to meet local designers at the store and do a fitting. It'll be an atelier in a way. We'll also do makeup and facial waxing. And it'll be by appointment or walk-in. It'll be the perfect place to go when you're out with friends. We'll have seasonal designers too.

What inspires your designs?

Well I'm Middle Eastern, and everything we do is formal and over the top. I'm inspired by where I come from, and I'm also inspired by fabric. I think about how it drapes. I try to stay loyal to my sketches, but it turns out better some times if I do something different. I love designers like Zac Posen, Donna Karan is timeless, Rachel Zoe. I don't do anything too provocative. I like to stay loyal to what I like to see women wearing.

Photos courtesy Scott Cunningham Photography and Jim Sanders Photography