FASHION DESIGNERS OF INDIA – ABU JANI AND SANDEEP KHOSLA
INDIAN FASHION DESIGNERS – ABU JANI AND SANDEEP KHOSLA
Contemporary styles and the revival of bygone works of art molded neatly into modern fashion brocade. This is what Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are all about. The duo has made it to the fashion circuit with their sheer talent and inventive potentials of a designer. “The boys”, as the duo are famously known, have made ethnic apparels with a fresh flavor of trends that comes on year after year. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are among the few people who have made it big globally. The duo was the first to bring out its collection at Harrods. Some of the movies Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are associated with are Umrao Jaan, Devdas, Lajja, Khoon Bhari Maang, Pyaar ka Saaya, Izzatdar. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s have created a rage for their designs both nationally and internationally, equipping the authentic and ethnic materials in a contemporary and modern style. Apart from creating apparels, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have also ventured into the platform of interior designing, making a mark in this aspect as well. The duo has its retail flagship stores at Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.
Abu Jani was born in the metropolitan city of Mumbai in an affluent Muslim family. In his initial years, he had realized his potential as an artistic person and his zest for creations were refined in his adulthood. Abu worked with designer Xerxes Bhartena for five years and assisted him in designing costumes for a number of films. After this, he started freelancing. Sandeep Khosla hails from Kapurthala. Though he was educated in one of the best school, his interest in extra curricular activities was more than that in the regular course of studies. It was this interest which drew him to the fashion scenario. Sandeep, in his initial years, worked in the family business of leathers and specialized in a number of traits. Shifting base to Delhi, he worked for an export house, where he learnt the variety of fabrics and garment manufacturing. He then moved to Mumbai, where, by sheer coincidence, he too joined Xerxes Bhartena to grope in the art of designing. He was the same designer who gave Abu his first break in the world of designing.
Fearless in taking risks, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla started with a humble beginning and launched their creative line ‘Mata Hari’. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla’s designer label “Jashan”, launched in 1989, was previewed at the ‘Save the Children’ Charity fundraising ball in London. heir clientele list includes the who’s who of the film fraternity, of both Bollywood and Hollywood. Besides British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife, the designer duo also has dressed celebrities like Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Darcey Bussell, and Sophie Marceau, as its international clients.