Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves
SS Homme celebrates the craft of traditional tailoring through the bespoke process while providing customers affordable luxury. The brand provides a transformational experience, where each suit is hand-cut and then sewn together according to requirements. Founders Sandeep and Sarah Shaikh Gonsalves share insights about the evolving menswear and bespoke markets in India.
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Rajesh Pratap Singh
Coming from a family that ran a business of jute and linen mills since 1873, Varsha Wadhwa's dream was to follow her passions and create something of her own some day. Armed with a foundation in art and design from London College of Fashion and fashion design from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, she came back to India to launch her own luxury brand VW. Her demi-couture womenswear line exudes her personality and love for all things vintage and timeless. Wadhwa gets chatty about her sustainable prêt-line and shares future plans for her label in an interview with Fibre2Fashion.
By Chandani is a womenswear prêt couture brand with fusion silhouettes by Chandni Sahi. Applique embroidery is the main element of the designs. Sahi aims to cater to women who love their comfort but yet look stylish in easy to wear designs through her label.
Hemant & Nandita
Hemant & Nandita
The designer duo of Hemant & Nandita are known for being inspired by Indian art forms and presenting their collections with a contemporary outlook. Here they speak about their inspirations and plans.
Usha Social Services
The Usha Silai label from Usha International is all set for a retail launch. The brand is an outcome of the Usha Silai schools, a community-based initiative that reaches out to women in remote villages across the country. Priya Somaiya, executive director of Usha Social Services (USS), who heads the Usha Silai initiative, shares the story of the USS with Meher Castelino.
Samar Firdos, Chief Manager (Design) at Lifestyle Apparel Denim Fabrics, Arvind Ltd has diplomas in textile design from the National Institute of Design and fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology. He currently heads innovation in design in khadi and knits at Arvind Ltd. Firdos discusses the latest in denims with Meher Castelino.
She has carved a niche for herself as the national brand of Turkey. Her question before she approaches the drawing board is what unique can she create. The 1970 born Cigdem Akin started her career as a designer in 1988 in a leading Turkish fashion house. She went independent in 2004 to launch her eponymous brand and now retails through designer boutiques in Europe, America and the Middle East. Akin talks about the Turkish fashion industry in an interview with Fibre2Fashion.
The hype around 'designer jeans' was created by him. And the new wave of 'premium' jeans from California? Well, he was behind that too. So, speaking of behinds: Adriano Goldschmied creates the jeans that will make yours look the best, always. In 2015, Goldschmied launched a new project called 'Acynetic', where he pushed another boundary, fusing athleisure and denim by using new weaving technologies to create extremely stretchy jeans. He led the relaunch of Edwin Jeans' North American reboot in 2017. He also partnered with Lenzing last year to design a 15-piece collection that showcases Refibra. Now, he is partnering with An Original Penguin by Munsingwear for a Fall '18 collaboration that will combine Goldschmied's denim know-how with the brand's youthful aesthetic. For Fibre2Fashion, the Godfather of denim, who masterminded the rise of iconic brands such as Diesel, Replay and 7 for all mankind-Adriano Goldschmied- has answered 13 questions.
From its modest beginning in the late 1960s, Shrujan has grown into a globally renowned brand that offers a range of products from bags, belts, cushion covers, dupattas, stoles and kurtas to mobile covers, mufflers, quilts, saris, shawls, skirts, tops and wall hangings. Shrujan outlets showcase products which are embellished with a fabulous lineup of crafts like aari, aahir, chakan, gotanv, jat fakirani, jat garasiya, kambiro and khuditebha, katri, kharek, mukkko, neran, pakko, rabari and soof, which are the specialities of the Kutch region. Amiben Shroff reveals in detail the growth and work of Shrujan over the decades in an exclusive Q&A with Meher Castelino.