I say this often but life has a funny way of bringing you just what you are looking for, when you least expect it. Pankaj and Nidhi are designers who my family and I have loved, worn and admired for many years. I had been meaning to reach out to them when lo and behold, a mutual friend made the introduction for us. Pankaj was too kind for words and got on the phone with me as I ate up into hours of his day talking up a storm. As they celebrate their ten year anniversary into design, I
What about our buying culture has changed over the past few years? Why has it become commonplace for us to shop at places like Etsy, Everlane, Reformation, etc which until recently were no name brands? What happened that caused a shift in our mass buying patterns? The answer for me has come in the form of looking for something unique. Social media has caused such mass fatigue, that from the time an image hits us from the runway to it coming in-stores, we have seen it featured so many times that we start craving for newness
I first came across the label Morphe as I was searching for a dress for a special occasion. The second I saw the collection, I knew I had found something unique. As I started researching further, I discovered that the designer was none other than Shenali Sema at Morphe, someone whom I had been to boarding school with (talk about a small world). Shenali is one of the youngest creative directors is India and is the designer-in-chief of Morphe. Not only is she an extremely grounded human being, the finesse of her craft is self-evident.
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.
Payal Singhal is a designer who has managed to bring modernity to traditional Indian wear. And yet her clothes allude to a certain old world charm. She takes you on a journey – and her clothes make you want to discover the story behind the craft. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting and seeing Payal in action at a trunk show in New York. What was so great to witness was she is as excited about styling her garments on shoppers as she is about designing them. She walks us through her approach to design.
My introduction to sartorial menswear came not from my father or brothers, but from my granddad, who epitomizes dressing chic and taking risks with his style. It seems fitting then that I was introduced to Lacquer Embassy searching for a pocket square for him. Nikhil Sharma is the multi-faceted man behind Lacquer Embassy. The attention to detail in his garments and terrific price points make it easy to fall in love with his clothes. (It also doesn’t hurt that he ships internationally). He was kind enough to walk us through his brand –