Mona and Pali share a home and a cause: Designing. The duo gave in to an inner compulsion, a natural aesthetic urge to pursue a dream in design with total dedication and determination; thereby opting out of their respective professions. They were amongst the first few designers to hit the Indian catwalk nearly two decades ago, creating a niche for themselves. The designers started from home in 1985 at the behest of their friends, who persuaded them to design clothes, which they executed competently and successfully. In 1987, they flagged off their boutique ‘Monapali’ in Kolkata making their dream a reality. Thereafter, there was no looking back as they moved on to become stalwarts of the Indian Fashion industry retailing through their outlets in Kolkata, New Delhi, Ahmedabad as well as other prestigious showrooms like Ffolio, Ensemble, Elahi, 7, The Design Lounge, Westside and Kimaya across the country.
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Monapali has held several shows across the country and abroad. These have been a yearly event at Ffolio (Bangalore) and Gliteratti (Mumbai). The designers have also taken exhibitions all over the world from Singapore to China to Canada to United States to London. Time and again they have been invited by the Government of India and NIFT to participate in various events across the country. They represented India at the Festival of India in China in 1994 and at the Bridal Summit Asia Pacific in 1999 at New Delhi.
They own the labels – Monapali Silk Route (Couture line), Monapali (Indian diffusion and pret line), Mapp (western pret line), MP (export label) and men’s wear line Monapali Pour Homme.