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Anushree Agarwal: “I have studied fashion design but I always had a strong inclination towards designing jewellery. Whilst interning at L’Officiel India, we used to source fashion jewellery for our cover shoots and fashion editorials.There weren’t many designers who made costume jewellery that wasn’t the typical Indian style, then. I was really inspired by Dannijo and how they started their own jewellery label without any prior experience in the field. I kept coming up with different ideas for jewellery and that sort of planted the seed to start designing my own line.’
Response: The response has been beyond great so far. Today, there are so many talented young jewellery designers, so in order to standout, you have to constantly design something which no one has seen before. We continue to experiment with different techniques and styles to keep all our designs fresh and high in quality. We use Original Swarovski elements and the pieces are micron polished. Luckily the customers have seen and appreciated that.
Look out for: ‘We are currently working on our new collection which is to be launched in July. We also keep coming up with smaller capsule collections every 3 months and we just launched our ‘Spring/Summer’ capsule collection’
Shop at: www.shopmicare.com
Merchants of Cool
Jatin Kampani: One of India’s finest and an internationally acclaimed photographer who has always felt the need to further push the boundaries of the visual medium.
Akshay Sahgal: An art connoisseur with tremendous experience in design, print and technology.
“At Merchants of Cool, it is our endeavour to push the boundaries of creativity and become a platform for other artists/designers as well as for those who are out there trying to achieve the same. Our team is dedicated to bring design within reach and create an inspiring lifestyle by seeking out the most exciting artists and designers. We aim to be the one-stop destination that promotes art and design for all the like-minded and thereby create a community that best knows to express through the visual medium”.
Response: Our goal is to create a destination where everyone can experience and have good designs and with a great customer experience, work towards becoming the ultimate design resource, and the response so far has been ecstatic.
Look out for: We at Merchants of Cool have always felt the need to further push the boundaries of the visual medium. Visuals can truly change the environment around us. We would like to mentor the change by introducing wonderful design experiences through our online Store ‘Merchants of Cool’. Wanting to bring art out of the galleries and grow to be a limitless business where everyone can experience and enjoy good design, we truly see online as an integral part of our today as well as the future.
Shop at: merchantsofcool.in
Ashni Shah: ‘Jewelry has always been one of my weaknesses! But every time I wanted to buy a piece of fashion jewellery I would find it too expensive or too commonplace. That is what pushed me towards dabbling and making pieces for myself. I would buy beads and stones that would appeal to me when I traveled abroad, string them together with chunky gold chains, use embroidery patches and all sorts of mixed materials to create these pieces for myself. It was all for personal use — but it landed me my first assignment — designing a collection for the Miss Universe India Pageant handled by Sushmita Sen in 2012. So, that’s where it all started. Ever since it has been all about experimenting with different materials and techniques. ’
Response: It has been an interesting journey so far. Connoisseurs of sophisticated design, aesthetic creations and unique pieces appreciate the effort that goes behind our designing process. What makes my jewellery different is the individuality and uniqueness of each piece. It takes about 2 months to design and conceptualise.
Every collection has a theme and a recurring motif. Our latest collection, ‘A Beautiful Chaos’ is inspired by nature and the complexity of its elements. I try to incorporate natural stones, handmade textures, and different plating techniques to give each piece an inimitable character. Making the jewellery lightweight is of prime concern so that the wearer is at utmost comfort when sporting it. It’s definitely not just about throwing a bunch of crystals together and calling it jewellery.
Look out for: ‘We’re hoping to work on some interesting collaborations in the future. As of now, the focus is on rolling out the next collection, reaching a wider audience internationally as well and give our customers the best service possible’
Shop at: www.meraki-jewelry.com
Maithili Kabre Mandal: “A product of two of the most prestigious Design schools in India, Maithili Kabre is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. Architecture was my first love, however, jewellery called during my graduation years and I was selling handmade jewellery while in college. With a real sense of grounding in a vast array of product and accessories design, it was followed by packaging and furniture design projects for Titan, Intel and @home-The Home Store.On graduating, I established Swa: a label of India inspired Fashion jewellery, which was handmade assemblages of various Indian influences and techniques. The driving force for me has been a quest to know more and leverage my skills as a designer by pushing my own limits. This led me to gain hands-on experience in the making of fine jewellery at IIGJ, Mumbai. Equipped by this exciting new skill, the label MAITHILI KABRE was established in 2013. Maithili Kabre Jewelry is a step further in the direction in pursuit of design & realisation of exquisite, stand-out jewellery.
On graduating, I established Swa: a label of India inspired Fashion jewellery, which was handmade assemblages of various Indian influences and techniques. The driving force for me has been a quest to know more and leverage my skills as a designer by pushing my own limits. This led me to gain hands-on experience in the making of fine jewellery at IIGJ, Mumbai. Equipped by this exciting new skill, the label MAITHILI KABRE was established in 2013. Maithili Kabre Jewelry is a step further in the direction in pursuit of design & realisation of exquisite, stand-out jewellery.
Response: It has been great and very encouraging. There are customers who are discerning of quality and design and I am glad for that. We stand out due to our thoughtful eye for design and a far superior finish. Our design has an integrated approach and is not Adhoc. The final product is a well orchestrated, visually harmonious product that looks even better when worn. A beautiful object on paper comes to life on a person and that is a success factor for good jewellery. We believe in the power of beauty and strength of personality of a woman who knows her mind. Our collections are inspired by or express the varied facets of being a woman. We also look upon art movements, science and history to interpret them our way.
Look out for: We want to continue exploring the directions within the realm of finely crafted jewellery. We want to offer a superior, well-finished product that is Made in India to our customers. Along with this innovation in design through our jewellery, sensitization of customers to the craft of jewellery is also something we would love to establish.
Shop at: www.maithilikabre.com
INCOCU is an online fine jewellery store that will change your jewellery buying experience by providing customised jewellery using trendy designs on an easy-to-use platform. At INCOCU, you design and we create. The customer and the company work together to create the perfect piece of jewellery exactly the way it is imagined by the customer. One has to select a design and then make it one’s own by choosing the colour, stone, shape and size of the gemstone.
Design Your Perfect Piece: You design and we will create your perfect piece, it’s so simple! You can create the jewellery that is beautifully carved as per your wishes, exactly the way you wanted it to be viagra prix qu. And, if you feel the need of an expert advice, we are there for you, always to help you through the whole process.
Delve into the collections: Just feel the contentment of buying your jewellery without any kind of restrictions. Don’t you find it amazing? Design the piece you want, without any influence, exclusively in your own style and on your terms. Explore a plethora of styles from INCOCU to find the design – Own the perfect piece- Owning something that is custom made for you keeping your taste and wishes in mind, is really special. Once your piece is ready exactly the way you dreamt it to be, buy it and feel the bliss of having an incandescent piece of jewellery that reflects hues of your desire. Our brilliant craftsmen will put their hearts and minds to ensure that your creation comes to life. We love to create it for you. Once your conversation piece is ready, it will be shipped at your doorstep so that you can proudly flaunt it.
Shop at: www.incocu.com
The Souled Store
“The Souled Store is an online store that provides independent artists, a platform to showcase their creativity and benefit from it. We’re more than just a website or an organisation, we lean more towards a community of like-minded people brainstorming together and expressing our creativity through our art. We function on a mutually beneficial concept: the aim is to support budding artists. Every time you buy from us, royalty is given to the creator of the design
In a short span of time, we have managed to present a wide range of products across a number of categories including t-shirts, boxer shorts & pyjamas in clothing, tote bags & backpacks, wall art, mugs, coasters, badges and stickers in accessories and notebooks with stationary.
We hold official licensing rights in India for WWE (Sports Entertainment), F.R.I.E.N.D.S (TV Show), The Big Bang Theory (TV Show), Harry Potter (Books & Movies), Lord of The Rings (Books & Movies), DC Comics (Superhero Comics & Movies), Looney Tunes (Cartoons), Marvel (Superheroes & Movies), Star Wars (Movies) to fulfill the demands of the every growing pop culture community globally.
Given the throbbing number of requests we get for customised t-shirts, we are currently focusing on the Make Your Tee section and also aspire to set up a few brick and mortar stores in all major cities. We’re selling merchandise for multiple music bands, entertainers and several other youth icons that we want to be associated with. This would entail a more fruitful association than just being endorsed or represented by someone.
What’s next: We aim to be a brand that is associated with today’s youth. A brand whose design and feel is premium yet the products are easily affordable. Over the next three years, our aim is to offer an extensive range of products and cater to a wider and more elaborate demographic. Since the artist has always been where our spotlight belongs, the plan is to play host to 1000+ artists from across the world by 2017. We plan to host art exhibitions and events as well as to showcase a variety of artwork that deserves to be out there for the world to see and appreciate and want to buy! “
Find them on: www.thesouledstore.com Instagram: thesouledstore