Scion of the royal Hutheesing family, Umang Hutheesing, 48 heads Hutheesing Design Company (HDC) which was established in 1881 by their ancestor Magganbhai . According to Hutheesing, it was the first ever design firm in India to have partnered with the American designer Louis C. Tiffany. As a design consultant and revivalist he has worked with leading foreign luxury brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld. The Hutheesing family is hailed for providing patronage and employment to local artisans and preserving ancient crafts and textiles.
Hutheesing studied at Babson College, USA and also hold a Diploma in Banking from Japan but says design has come to him as an inheritance. He infuses his work with the experience and lineage he comes from, his latest collection ‘The Ethereal Princess’ was a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II which he presented at the Buckingham Palace in July, 2013.” The delicacy and regality of this Ethereal Rose Garden has been transformed intoa collection of limited edition bridal wear, saris, lehengas, anarkalis, sherwanis and bandgalas. “I’m quite old-fashioned. I like the classical and traditional,” says Hutheesing. “There is a niche market for those who love what is culturally ours and I continue designing for that rich elegance. He is from that school of thought that never follows trends and sticks to his lineage. Tel 9722525566 Crafts meets contemporary Rini Vakil When you have a Patan Patola in your neighbourhood why go for haute couture from Paris? This is the strong belief with which Rini Vakil, 27, started her label in 2011. A graduate from National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar she grew up exploring the local art forms from the interiors of India. Her latest collection called ‘Check Mate’ shows a fearless use of geometric patterns on asymmetric designs. There is a rural edge in her work that is combined with the modern style.