Elie Saab Designs His First Yacht

Weyves Couture, a company that teams the world’s foremost fashion houses and designers with individuals seeking singular designs for their homes, jets, and yachts approached Holland-based yacht builder Oceanco to gauge its interest in collaborating with Saab on a project. The result is ES117, with “117” signifying the yacht’s length in meters, translating to 385 feet.

While few builders worldwide are capable of constructing a yacht this size, Oceanco has tremendous experience. It has built eight megayachts measuring 260 feet and larger, and decided to focus on the super-size end of the marine market.

Oceanco debuted the ES117 at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show in March 2010 and is continuing to market the project to interested buyers worldwide. Among the exceptional amenities that Saab’s design calls for are two owner’s suites, each being two levels, plus accommodations for at least 20 guests in 10 spacious staterooms. There will be a spa on board, as well as a private cinema and plentiful sunbathing spaces around a pool. But for the ultimate in exclusivity, Saab’s imaginative touch will grace the tenders of the owner’s choosing.

“I always sought to represent my vision of modernity and elegance beyond the conventional limits of fashion,” Saab says. “Designing a yacht and conceiving its art of living constitutes a perfect opportunity to expand my brand’s universe by creating the experience of luxury.”