The Deepa Gurnani brand was conceived in the dreams and passions of husband and wife partnership, Deepa and Jay Lakhani. After their marriage in 2005, the duo combined their talents to create aline of unique and distinctive embroidered accessories.
While studying fashion at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Deepa beaded couture pieces for Alexander McQueen, Emanuel Ungaro, Fendi and Marjan Pejoski. Working closely with these designers not only enabled Deepa to understand couture standards of quality and finish, but also compelled her to experiment with new and unusual beading and embroidery techniques. Combining this experience with her own distinct style and sensitivity, gave her inspiration to create her own line.
Jay Lakhani, a Jewelry Designer, started his training at the Fashion Institute of Technology NYC and progressed to workwith some of the finest names in the fine jewelry industry. He trained under head designers from Tiffany and Bvlgari, where he refined his eye for detail and luxury. Despite his love of fine jewelry, Jay was always drawn to fashion. He dreamed of combining the art of fine jewelry with fashion accessories, to create easy-to-wear works of art. He noticed a trend for black and basic-silhouettes in the marketplace, which he saw as blank canvasses for exquisite embroidered accessories.
The motivation to create statement jewelled and embroidered accessories with an uncompromising attitude to finish, has lead the brand from strength to strength. The brand stands behind the quality of their products. The collection now includes headbands, hair accessories, handbags, jewelry and kaftans. The line continues to evolve and attracts collaborations with brands such as Anthropologie and Swarovski.
Each Deepa Gurnani piece is created by hand in India, by the finest artisans using embroidery techniques passed from generation to generation. High welfare standards and a nurturing attitude to all employees are maintained worldwide. The company believes it is only as good as the people who are a part of it. So, as the team grows and develops, as does the brand. Deepa Gurnani is involved with charitable activities across India and the USA.
Deepa Gurnani continues to attract a strong celebrity following; Natalie Portman, Paris Hilton, Kelly Rowland, the Kardashians and Sasha Obama have all being spotted wearing their pieces. The collections continue to inspire women worldwide to express their individuality in an effortless,every-day glamour way, showing that there is a Deepa Gurnani piece for every woman.