Can Fashion Bring Social Change in India?

Mr rahul mishra

"BoF columnist Bandana Tewari speaks to Rahul Mishra on the eve of his first Paris show and argues that India must weave a Gandhian sense of social responsibility into its fashion industry."

MUMBAI, India — When I asked Rahul Mishra what, in addition to his creativity, made him the top pick for the jurors of this year’s International Woolmark Prize, he said perhaps they were touched by the Gandhian bent to his design philosophy.

“Before you do anything, stop and recall the face of the poorest most helpless destitute person you have seen and ask... Read More

Trilok Gurtu: Embracing the World With an Indian Heartbeat

Trilok Gurtu - Renowned Percussionist

It was the American trumpeter, Don Cherry who, in the first half of the 1970s, encouraged this young percussionist, freshly arrived in Europe from his homeland of India, to pursue his vision of an intuitive music which is open to the world and embraces the world.

A truly world-class virtuoso percussionist, Trilok Gurtu, was born in Mumbai in 1951. With the Tabla as his first instrument, Gurtu has gone on to become one of the finest in the world of percussion.
Even more remarkable is the way he has made jazz his own domain. Drawing deep... Read More

A Synonym to Indian Luxury Biking – Rajputana Customs


Rajputana Customs is a Jaipur based group of craftsmen building custom motorcycles on order basis. It was started by Vijay Singh in the year 2010. They are known for building chopper bikes from scratch as well as modify existing motorcycles. Rajputana Customs had showcased their first build, the ‘Original Gangster’ at the New Delhi Auto Expo in 2010, where their work got an overwhelming response and they started taking orders to build bikes for customers. Their focus is to produce exclusively designed motorcycles with great detailing and enhanced performance. In 4 short years Rajputana Customs has made 16 custom motorcycles which have earned... Read More

Jewelry & Gems



Market: The domestic Gems and jewellery industry had a market size of Rs 251,000 crore (US$ 41.53 billion) in 2013, with potential to touch Rs 500,000-530,000 crore (US$ 82.75-87.71 billion) by 2018, as per the FICCI-AT Kearney study 'All that glitters is Gold: India Jewellery Review 2013'.

Road Ahead: Exports from the Gems and jewellery industry could touch US$ 58 billion by 2015, as per a joint report by Technopak and an industry body. The report estimates that the value of the domestic market for gems and jewellery will be around US$ 35-40 billion by then. Further,... Read More

The Luxury in Fashion-“Raghavendra Rathore”



Raghavendra Rathore, alternatively Raghuvendra Rathore, is a noted fashion designer, costume designer, and entrepreneur from India. He is popular for his Brand India image which copyrighted his designs for Bandgala Jackets and Jodhpurs.He is also known for diversifying his business into interior design, jewelry, and multimedia. The luxurious and oppulent inspirations from the city, Jodhpur embody the ethos and grandeur of India's bygone era.

He studied in Jodhpur until the age of eight. After his school was bombed during the Indo-Pak war, he was sent off to the Mayo College boarding school in Ajmer, where he finished... Read More

Crafting Luxury and Lifestyle Business


Today luxury businesses have to operate in an increasingly complex environment managing the online migration, shift to emerging markets, search for meaning, creation of value and maintaining the desire for the exceptional. They have to respond to social concerns and pitch a sense of tradition.

In a digital era, ’handmade’ has acquired significance more than ever and is seen as a ‘de facto’ requirement for superior value and luxury.

Globally, emerging markets are likely to represent a major share of growth in luxury market. India has a rich living tradition of crafts and skills which has... Read More

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