Historic style will always be influential: In the UK, the classic suit and the stylish evening dress; in South Asia, the Salwar Kameez, Lehenga Choli and the Saree are the smart, stylish traditional attire of choice. Attention to detail and cut is everything, style rules and quality reflects the status of the wearer.
Paul Smith (b.1946 Beeston) is one of Britain’s foremost designers synonymous with classic British tailoring and style. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines traditional cuts with modern patterns.
- Wanted to be a professional cyclist but had an accident. Whilst in hospital he was introduced to people from Art School who introduced him to fashion.
- Learnt his art through evening classes and later in Savile Row where his design was worn by George Best the footballer.
- Frequently visits his shops to talk to customers and see what they think.
- Obsessive collector and hoarder, his Covent Garden office being filled with art and with paraphernalia sent to him by fans.
- Dressed sporting heroes from England & Manchester United Football Teams to Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins.
“British fashion is self-confident and fearless. It refuses to bow to commerce, thus generating a constant flow of new ideas whilst drawing in British heritage.” Alexander McQeen
Rohit Bal (b.1961 Kashmir): Rohit Bal's sense of aesthetic is finely honed. His work is handcrafted to perfection. He is recognised for his meticulous attention to detail.
Rohit draws from influences, wide and varied - from the village crafts and traditional methods of design of India, to the transient phenomenon of the sub-continent's urban landscape. He is best known for his use of lotus and peacock motifs. He frequently uses rich fabrics like velvet, brocade and his designs are elaborate, inspired by the Indian grandeur and royalty.
- Graduated from St. Stephens College in New Delhi with an honours degree in History.
- Studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
- Started his career with his brother Rajiv Bal in New Delhi in 1986, with the company Orchid Oversea, and started his own first independent collection in 1990.
- Designed for the game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?).
- Opened a flagship store in Delhi, as well as stores in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai.
- Clientele list includes Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and Anna Kournikova.