Born and raised in Bombay to a business-orientated family, Sharnita Nandwana was expected to one day take over the family manufacturing/export business. So she decided to go down the conventional route of finishing high school, doing a degree in Economics and an MBA eventually.
However, when Sharnita was meant to be studying she would end up drawing, all her notebooks were filled with sketches, she had even illustrated her very own fashion magazine when she was only 12. All this lead her to eventually apply for fashion school and as soon as she graduated with her first degree, Sharnita moved to London to pursue her second degree in fashion design. An alumnus of the London College of Fashion, she graduated with the university’s coveted Fashion and Textiles Award for her graduate collection and was mentioned as one of fashion’s names of the future by British Vogue.
She spent a few years learning and experimenting through work placements and positions at different fashion houses, from high-end luxury at Burberry Prorsum, to clever pattern-cutting at Preen, to creative surface embellishment at Giles and then to working purely with hand-woven fabrics in Thailand. Gaining varied experience and gathering inspiration from them all.
When Sharnita moved back to India she wasn’t sure which direction she wanted to go in as a designer, so she spent a few months trying to figure that out until it hit her that she was in a country so rich in hand embroidery that she felt it would be silly not to try it. So she did, and she is doing an excellent job of it.
Sharnita’s first collection of evening wear is an amalgamation of beautiful, good quality fabrics and her love for craft, with all the embroidery in the collection being hand-worked. Here are a few of them, beautifully photographed by Karan Nevatia :
Sharnita launched her namesake label Sharnita Nandwana in Mumbai in 2014. She describes her clients as modern, well-traveled women who have an eye for detail and quality.