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Payal Khandwala (Preliminary Member)

Born in Mumbai in 1974, Payal received her first National Art Scholarship in 1990. She is a fashion graduate from SNDT in Mumbai. Amongst several awards for Illustration, Design and Construction she also won ‘Designer of the Year’ in a nationwide competition held by ShoppersStop in 1994. In 1995 she moved to New York to pursue Fine Arts. She graduated in 1999 with honors, with a BFA from the Parsons School Of Design. Whilst in New York she worked with designer Sandy Dalal, CFDA’s winner of the Perry Ellis Award for menswear in 1997. She also has a diploma from Metafora, an international workshop for Contemporary Art in Barcelona, 2005 and in 2007 she received Society Magazine’s Young Achievers Award in the Fine Arts category.


After a decade of exhibiting her art extensively in Mumbai, Delhi, New York, London, Barcelona, Tokyo and Singapore, she launched her eponymous clothing label in 2012.  In 2015 she launched a brass and leather accessories line called Tachi. She was featured as one of the five names to watch out for from India, in Vogue Italia’s September 2012 issue and has also been listed on Not Just a Label’s coveted Black Sheep list. Most recently she was the first runner up at the prestigious Vogue India Fashion Fund 2015 and the winner of the Peroni Award for the same.


The label has two flagship stores in Mumbai and is available at several stockists across the country.


‘As a painter, colour and proportions have always been central to my story telling. I approach clothing much like my art. The prism with which I see fashion is therefore distinctive. To me dressmaking is simply a shift in canvas. I orchestrate colour and textures to create layered separates that are dramatic yet minimal, with subtle attention to detail. Relying on a reductive method of pattern making I apply geometry, using simple beginnings; squares, rectangles, circles and manipulate them to create our signature silhouettes. I further drape, twist, loop, pleat and tuck to sculpt the clothing around the body. My background in fine arts and fashion, coupled with my cultural influences, growing up in Mumbai, schooling at Parsons, NYC and in Barcelona has given me an inimitable perspective. My sensibility intuitively marries all these references to create an aesthetic that is deeply rooted in India but with a spirit that transcends geographical boundaries.


As a philosophy the clothing is certainly not about trends, and perhaps not even about fashion. How the clothes make you feel is always more important, than how they make you look.


The emphasis is on shape, but proportions are paramount. Architecture is always central to the design process but not in an obvious way. The silhouettes have a structural quality, but are fluid to accommodate the human form. The clothes marry menswear essentials with more feminine elements to create a design voice that is neither overtly masculine nor feminine. They are made for a woman with a refined sense of luxury, but one that will not sacrifice her comfort for it. Immersed in our rich legacy of colour, natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe in silhouettes that maximize all shapes and textures that float around the skin with ease so the body can relax.


Timeless and simple, fierce and feminine, they are made with love in India, from handwoven silks, brocades, khadi, cottons and linens.’

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