Deepa and Jay Lakhani are the duo behind 8-year-old jewelry label – Deepa Gurnani. They were kind enough to invite me on a visit to their showroom and studio.
Both hail from traditional design backgrounds. Deepa (originally from Mumbai) studied at Central Saint Martins and worked for design greats like Alexander McQueen, Fendi and Ungaro. Jay also went to design school at FIT and trained with Fine Jewelry greats from Tiffany and Bvlgari. They both had an early understanding of the quality standards expected to succeed in this business.
After their wedding, they cofounded their hand-embroidered line. Starting out with handmade belts, they expanded into hair accessories and now include bridal, fashion jewelry and bags. Henri Bendel picked up their first collection and now they retail in over 2000 stores around the world.
The first thing that caught me completely off guard was the weight of the jewelry (Being someone who loves statement necklaces, I’m used to heavy pieces that need to be removed after a few hours of wear). Their jewelry is lightweight and because it is stitched onto soft fabric, it is also not irritating to the skin. As I was curating their assortment for my favorite pieces, I was so happy to see that they really had something for every girl or woman – whether understated or a stand alone piece.