Category: Design

Warm Vintage

Washington-based designer Meenoo Mishra started making jewellery as a creative outlet and as a way to fully explore her relationship with Indian culture, history and art. Inspired by the fabulous bazaars and markets of India, its saturated colours, vast history, literature, the shine and sparkle, Meenoo creates beautiful imaginative jewellery. She loves using bits and…

Nostalgic Future

Ruchika Sachdeva graduated from the London College of Fashion and went on to work with prestigious design houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Giles Deacon and Nitin Bal Chauhan. She launched her own label ‘BODICE’ in 2010 at the Lakme India Fashion Week. In order to inch closer to her vision of establishing BODICE as one…

Fun Filled Luxury

Designer Tosha Patel Choksi started making fashion bead jewellery when she was in school. Later while studying for her Bachelor’s in Painting at the renowned Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara – Maharaja Sayajirao University she started making more and selling them for pocket money. By the end of the course she realized that although she…

The Other Side

For potter and designer Purvi Sanghvi, it was her MA Jewellery Design course at John Cass (London Metropolitan University) that opened her eyes to the posssiblities of  creating jewellery other than silver, gold and diamond. She likes to design wearable pieces out of non-wearable materials and works to design it in such a manner that…

Indian Soul. Global Spirit

A graduate from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi and a gemologist, Puja Bhargava Kamath has won many design awards including those from DeBeers, World Gold Council & Perles de Tahiti. After graduating, she straddled both the worlds of handicrafts and precious jewellery, working as a consultant/ freelancer. At some point, Puja also…

Pretty dress for your little princess

Textile and graphic designer Ruchita Bahl studied textile designing from the very well known SNDT, Mumbai. One day when one of her friends looked at Ruchita’s then 2 months old daughter’s jammies and exclaimed they were the same ones her daughter had, Ruchita’s mind started thinking. She wanted something different for her daughter and so…

Tambourine

Divya Mohta is a Bombayite, born, raised and educated in this vibrant metropolis. In her quest to understand and study fashion she moved to London to learn the craft. Thereafter for 6 years in New York she worked in Fashion and related areas. Through this time she furthered her knowledge by taking various inter–disciplinary courses…

495DM

Cheny Wagma designed Jewellery from a young age. Since then the fashion addiction has never died down. Her skills honed later on working in Bombay for a large company whose major clients include Lanvin, Chloé, Matthew Williamson and more, led by a guru boss whose designs would always become trend phenomenon. Having worked in various areas of the…

Pure Elegance

Designers Lovisa Shergill and Mitali Seth met while studying at NIFT, New Delhi. Seven years later, after gaining valuable experience in designing and sourcing for well-known retail brands, they decided to collaborate. Their first venture provided embroideries to Couture designers with Vera Wang being their first client. Since then they have worked with Luca Luca,…

Poetic Designer Jewellery

Jewellery Designer Benaazir has been very intrigued with handwork since childhood and spent considerable amount of time learning craft in school. Unaware that she could make this love for art into a career, she did not pursue it full time. She graduated in Computer Science and went on to study for a Masters degree in…

Methodorama

Designer Misha Singh started to create clothes when she felt she could not find the kind of clothes she wanted to wear. Incorporating the best of her imagination and design sensibility she started designing clothes that are best encapsulated by the question “why not? Inspired by Mumbai, India and the World, her label Methodorama is…

Unique and Wild Jewellery

Israeli jewellery designer Mor Yom Tov has been travelling in India for the past 5 years. She lives in a small village close to the city of Almora at the foot hills of the Himalaya, where she has the space and the time to enjoy the process of creation. Mor uses a unique technique of…

Textile Stories

Designer and singer- songwriter Krittika Sharma‘s textile line came after her experience of travelling and meeting the many talented artisans of India. Her artisans became her teachers. Krittika’s label was created to give voices to her family of artisans. Her goal being to tell stories through her fabric, marry tradition with likely future trends and showcase…

Leather Chic

Gautam Sinha has always been inclined towards the creative side of things. He did his graduation from NIFT Delhi (National Institute of Fashion Technology) but instead of following fashion design which he studied in collage, Gautam got into accessory/product design and worked for an export house that dealt in Christmas ornaments . During his 2…

Stylish Striking Jewellery

Karishma Siddique Roy majored in Fashion design from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology Kolkata. For her graduation show, the jewellery that she designed to complement her ensembles were highly appreciated by everyone. Encouraged by all the feedback, she started doing what she enjoyed the most, designing statement jewellery. Karishma soon set up her label called KSR.…

Funk.licious

Friends Sahil Gulati and Sonam Arya wanted to explore their creative side. With no real design background, they started creating art through photoshop and translated them into cushion covers that was loved by many. Encouraged by the response of people, Sahil and Sonam’s brand Funk.licious became a full time job. With the aim to give…

Ek Kharkhana

Designer Preeti Wanchoo is a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Design, India. After her graduation, she worked for a short period of while to gain some experience, before she teamed up with two of her friends with similar design sensibilites to create the label Ek Karkhana. Inspired by travel, movies, art and little nuances…

Matsya – A Journey Into Traditional Indian Crafts

Artist and potter Neha Gandhi is a lover of crafts. Even as a child she loved playing with colours, and later graduated from the well appreciated Sir J.J school of Fine Arts, Mumbai. She soon packed her bags and was off to Pondicherry to learn studio pottery at the Golden Bridge Pottery. Neha later worked…

Forty Red Bangles

Originally from Australia, Ramona Saboo has headed many community and economic development projects in Melbourne and has always had a keen interest in sustainability. After moving to India, she decided to channel this passion into creating an eco-friendly label called Forty Red Bangles – that creates quirky products using sustainably sourced materials and supporting community…

Whimsical MOO-NEE

Designer Samara Mahendru has always had a special love for indigenous textiles. Having discovered hand block printing to be a versatile medium for her graphic illustrative style, Samara with the support of her husband, recently launched her label, MUNY (pronounced moo-nee, MU for Mumbai and NY for New York). With MUNY, Samara combines traditional Indian textiles…

Better Living

Kuldeep Kaur is a self-trained designer with a journey that started with an undergraduate degree in Spanish from JNU Delhi, to an MBA from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad,  and work experience in the apparel industry to eventually starting a home textiles company called Better Living. For two consecutive years, Better Living was voted amongst the…

Koo Koo n Kute

Designer Freeda Lazar has been into design one way or the other all her life. After a little over 5 years in the field of advertising, she shifted to graphic design a year and a half back. A lover of craft, Freeda loves working with different mediums and creating new things. Designed under the brand…

Fun & Quirky

Textile designer and freelance photographer Kangan Arora is a graduate of both Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design, London and National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. Kangan’s work was showcased at the V&A museum at the ”textile scrapbox” exhibition, at which she also gave a presentation exploring the relationship between textile design and…

Masala Tee

Noelline Besson grew up in a creative atmosphere at home and then studied art and photography in Ecole des Beaux Arts & Ecole d’Art d’Avigon. After which she graduated in Interior Architecture in Paris (Ecole Boulle). She worked as freelance decorative painter and designer for 10 years, in France before she moved to India. Though Noelline…

Inkling

Printmaker & Surface Designer, Kiran Ravilious loved doodling as a child. She studied art at high school and later went on to pursue a degree in Graphic Design. After graduating Kiran got a job, worked for awhile, got bored and decided to move to the UK. Whilst away from home she began buying canvases and…

Krazy Kitsch

Self-taught artist Nida Mahmood is also a trained designer from the prestigious NIFT. Her designs were awarded the “Most Creative Design Collection” in 2002. Kitsch being her muse and forte, her last 3 collections at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week titled ‘High on Chai’, ‘Bioscope’, ‘Sadak Chaap’ and Machis met with rave reviews, critical appreciation…

Nowhere To Hide

Jayesh Sachdev, graduated with a major in Advertising and Design from Lasalle-SIA College of Arts, Singapore. He holds the National Record for having painted India’s largest concept artwork, a new-media artwork 40ft x40ft through a never before initiated ‘Tyre-Art‘ concept that was witnessed by the Indian art fraternity. Jayesh has held several exhibitions in New…

Raw-yal

Architect and Furniture Designer Varsha Jadhav did her post graduation from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. After which she worked in the field of Retail Design in Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Germany. Her experience in Germany made her think more about her culture and its roots. Soon after returning to India she started…

Art Meets Fashion

Mumbai-based Designer and Artist Aarti Verma did a teaching course from the famous Sir JJ School of Arts. She worked as an Art and craft teacher for a year before she started her label called Art meets Fashion where she creates exclusive handpainted and handcrafted products like handbags, jewellary boxes, cushions etc. Her designs are…

Comfortable, Wearable & Cutting Edge

Independent clothing and accessories designer Meera Mittal graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Her designs have been featured in many of India’s top fashion magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Time Out among others. Meera handcrafts luscious, contemporary pieces using centuries-old Indian craft techniques. She uses materials more often…

Ticket, Please…

Writer Indu Harikumar studied fashion and history. A children’s writer, illustrator and craft teacher, Indu has written and illustrated for various regional and English children’s publishers, both non-profit and multinational. Her first bi-lingual picture book – “How do we weigh Appukuttan?” (English) / “Appukuttan ko toley kaise?” (Hindi) has been published by Eklavya. Indu enjoys…

Designer Craft

Designer Tejas Zinzuwadia graduated from the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur. Coming from a family of goldsmiths, metal and its various forms have always been a part of his life.  He is highly inspired by the discreet forms of nature and the valued craft traditions of India. Tejas was awarded the FORHEX Award (2007…

Naturally Beautiful

US-based Textile designer Poorvi Mathur loves the excitement of creating new products. Trained in Fashion and Textile design Poorvi creates beautiful products using skilfully crafted textiles. Inspired by the simplicity and beauty in nature, the cultural and textile heritage of India and her lovely energetic toddler, Poorvi creates beautiful fashion products, children’s products and home…

Luxury Cashmere Warmers

Accessories designer Payal Luthra graduated from the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her designs exhibit a fresh and international sensibility, blending influences from her extensive travels and their intersections with her life in both the U.S. and India. Inspired by the structural qualities of materials, Payal’s designs are both progressive and enduring. Her spring…

Simple. Subtle. Sensuous.

Jewellery designer Payal Kurian studied psychology as her major, but her inner quest for creative expression and her constant inclination towards arts led her to study design. After a course in Fine Arts and jewellery design, Payal took off on a journey to create exclusive pieces that won her national and international accolades. Inspired by…

Zing of Colour

Textile Designer Kanika Bahl graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Born and brought up in Delhi she worked full time with design houses based in NCR before she moved to Pune post her marriage. In the new city with the encouragement of her husband and help from fellow textile designers Kanika started…

Hand-crafted Must-Haves

Self-taught designer Anand Prakash is passionate about paper. Using which, he hand-crafts a wide range of stunning  products. A nature enthusiast, Anand mostly uses recycled and wood-free handmade paper for his creations. He also uses products like recycled brass, jute, coconut shells, sea shells, spices etc . His designs have been showcased at trend shows…

Golden Tales

Jaipur-based French jewellery designer Fanny Boucher first visited Jaipur during a backpacking trip after her education in Paris. She absolutely loved it. Back in Paris, when a jeweller offered her a job in Jaipur , she took the leap and has never looked back. Fanny has been living in Rajasthan for more than five years…

Design Potpourri

Mumbai-based artist Abhilasha Jain has been deeply involved with creative work since she was a little girl. She loves painting and creates beautiful hand-painted cushions, pillow covers and tote bags using materials like Cotton Silk, Organic Cotton and Fevicryl Fabric Paints. Abhilasha has created 5 vibrant collections named Royal collection, Tribal Collection, Dreamer, Power of…

Flamboyart

An academic scholar Malini Agarwalla is also a medal winning sports person and an active member in various community service projects. Having an immense passion for jewellery and handbags, Malini started to create accessories for the contemporary woman. Her label Malaga reflects international trends whilst showcasing the wealth of art and craft in India. Malini’s…

Glitterati Jewellery

Born and raised in Mumbai, Designer Bansri Mehta was constantly surrounded by exquisite fashion; ornate jewellery and striking accessories. Whether it was preparing for a night out or dressing up for a special occasion, Bansri was always attracted to elegant, luxurious creations that expressed her personal sense of style. Upon moving to Los Angeles, California,…

The ‘Raining’ Champion

As a teenager Fashion Designer Sonya Vajifdar worked as a model with Elite Model Management, Mumbai and OM Model Management, Milan. A need to be different, dress different and create personalised fashion wear inspired her to study Fashion and Textile Design at Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. She interned with French fashion house Estrele…

Oh So Dreamy…

Architect and transit planner Ruchi Mohinder is also a jewellery designer. During her free time she loves to play with contrasting textures, materials, and colours to create beautiful and unique pieces of jewellery which she likes to call wearable art. Here are a few of her hand-crafted pieces created using a melange of materials like polymer clay,…

Pop It Up

Fashion stylist Rakhi Parekh and Fashion designer Khushboo Lahori met on the sets of the bollywood movie Aa Dekhen Zara. Rakhi who has styled celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan and Yana Gupta, was styling Bipasha Basu for the movie and Khushboo had joined in to assist her. During one of their…

A Merry Mix of Culture

Riddhika Jesrani was studying Graphic Design at Parsons,New York  when she started to  make jewelry purely because she couldn’t find anything different and new. Even though she always had a passion for jewelry she never thought she would get into it professionally. Requests from friends for earrings and necklaces encouraged her to become a full…

Urban Tapestry

Luxury handbag designer, Meera Mahadevia has been creating customized design accessory for celebrities and socialites across the world for about 25 years now.  Until recently her designs were only accessible to the likes of Maharani Gayatri Devi, Elizabeth Hurley, Rekha, Kareena Kapoor, and Bipasha Basu to name a few. Today her creations are showcased in…

Organic Emotive and Inspired from nature

Pune born Lifestyle Accessories Designer Avantika Kumar was in love with art since she was a toddler. A box of crayons would light her face up. Through her schooling she held on to her passion for drawing, sketching and painting, by participating in various drawing contests across the nation. Being an academically bright student and advised…

Lotus Sutra

Fashion accessories designer Rachana Reddy believes accessories are a beautiful medium of individualistic expression.  A natural inclination for art and design and a love for accessories led her to do a course in Cordwainers -London College of Fashion. Inspired by all sorts of things like a good read, a bug or a building she feels…

Fired by the Fears of Life

At the age of 8 Ishan Khosla had a sketchbook  full of logos he designed , but it took him a long time and a dramatic event to help him realise that he was meant to be a designer. When Ishan was 22, he lost most of his vision, which was thankfully restored by brain surgery later.…

Artistic Book Covers

An artist at heart, Gunjan Ahlawat graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Design with a degree in Communication Design (Graphic Design). He was always interested in books so he joined Dorling Kindersley and then Penguin Books India, and shaped visual personalities of many books. He later joined The Glasgow School of Art to do…