Sanjay Garg is known for reviving Indian heritage through the indigenous sari, which has withstood the onslaught of time and the ubiquitous gown. Sanjay Garg of the eponymous label, Raw Mango, a debutant at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 in association with Maybelline NY, was the opening designer this season.
Rajesh Pratap Singh’s first collection of saris was presented at Ekaya recently–a contemporary bespoke label presenting the finest textiles from Benaras; this was in fact the outcome of years he spent developing and researching handloom techniques. The collection comprised of ikat weaves in strong geometric motifs, a recurrent theme from the brand; ajrak prints, which have been given a new twist and cotton silk chanderis.
The ecommerce market saw more action with the launch of www.vemanya.com, an online portal for premium bridal couture. Vemanya – a Sanskrit word meaning skilful in the art of weaving – provides a bride and her family and friends a choice of stunning wedding wear. Using the finest fabrics sourced from all over India with each piece being hand embroidered using authentic materials, Vemanya epitomises ‘affordable luxury’.
Designer duo Asha and Gautam Gupta recently launched their exquisite handloom collection with much poise at Cavalli Café, Emporio Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. The occasion weaved layers of triumphant rustic eccentricities from the roots of Benaras (Varanasi).
Leather handbag label RISA, is more of a passionate affair than business acumen for Delhi-based sisters Riddhima and Saloni Sayal. “We grew up around bags, lots of them. We would always tweak the bags in production from the family run export house and started to experiment with design from scratch as the years went by. The love affair with leather became too serious and that’s how our label Risa was born.”