In November 2008, a boutique, owned by Rabih Kayrouz, devoted to young designers in Lebanon opened in Downtown Beirut in collaboration with Solidere. The concept of the space, entitled Starch, is the constant rotation of new ideas and debut collections. In collaboration with Lebanon's universities and arts faculties, a selection of graduating students will be asked to participate in the project by submitting their portfolios. A committee of professionals will then review the portfolios and select four to six young designers each season. The designers will be guided through the process of developing their collections, which will then be presented for a period of six months to one year at Starch.