3 posts tagged "Babi Ahluwalia"
Just before fashion week, Babi Ahluwalia, who designs New York-based ready-to-wear line Sachin + Babi with her husband, Sachin Ahluwalia, headed back to her hometown of New Delhi to visit her family and take in the sights. Here, she shares some snaps from her trip exclusively with Style.com.
I go to India fairly regularly to visit my family, and just returned after spending two weeks there. I brought my two daughters to visit their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s also a great way for them to practice Hindi. My husband, Sachin, and I speak it at home, so hopefully it’ll stick. I saw old friends that I grew up with, and also took in a lot of sights. A New Delhi girl born and raised, I am still amazed by all the culture and history, but also by how much India has changed. The colors, textures, and sights always inspire me and help me see design through a different lens. Sachin had to stay behind in NYC, so it was nice to have a girls’ trip.
I love going to Goodearth in New Delhi, where there are special Indian crafts. I have to control myself. I was looking at yet another tea set or a pair of earrings. All the pleasures of travel! I eventually chose the earrings, because they are easier to pack.
Humayun’s Tomb, in Delhi, dates back to the 1500s. My dad, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, is on the left.
Shopping at a traditional handicraft store in New Delhi. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Babi Ahluwalia’s Postcard from India” »
“My tarot reader told me, ‘You have expansion in your cards,’ ” designer Babi Ahluwalia tells Style.com. Her tarot card reader was certainly right—Babi and her husband, Sachin, opened a new flagship store in Soho for their home line Ankasa yesterday. The duo, better known in the fashion world for their eponymous contemporary label Sachin + Babi, have been making a name for themselves in the home decor market for over a decade now with Ankasa, which specializes in unique textiles. Fittingly, the first thing you notice upon entering the loftlike space is a cluster of antique frames showcasing one-of-a-kind fabric swatches the Ahluwalias have collected during their travels to India, where they source many of their fabrics, over the years. “We finally decided to part with them [the swatches], but they’re still my babies,” Sachin explained. In addition to the brand’s top-selling throw pillows and luxury bedding, the downtown store (the label’s first shop is located on the Upper East Side on Madison Avenue) offers wares from napkin rings and crystal-encrusted coasters to custom upholstered furniture. There’s an emphasis on individual, grab-and-go items like suede pochettes and printed canvas totes ($295 to $395). It’s an approach they apply to both their home and fashion design: “The most important part of an overall look is the accessories. Whether it is throw pillows or a croc handbag chosen impulsively—those extra touches finalize the look and make it tight,” says Sachin.
Ankasa, 424 Broome St., NYC, (212) 226-8002.