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MS. AKI NARULA

Among the new generation of fashion designers, Ms. Aki Narula has effectively carved a niche for himself in this fast paced industry. His brand label "AKI" was launched in 1996. Comfortable in creating both Indian and western designs, for men and women alike, Aki has registered his place in some of the most premium stores throughout India, within a short span of time. His clothes embody a modest look, with the variation of texture and drape. His versatility and creative flair has earned him a prominent place. Aki Narula always added his distinct touch to clothes that his mom bought for him and eventually he grew into a personal stylist for his friends and family. He started his in house training with a tailor that used to visit his house everyday and converted his sketches to costumes. Aki Narula participated in a costume designing contest organized by Damania Airlines and won the contest from Kolkata. He was approached by Taj Bengal’s The Khazana store to design a line of men’s Kurta Pyjamas. He later also designed for ‘Ogaan’, Delhi and he quit from his Cost Accountancy program. He then started with a team of three, a master and two tailors and launched his label AKI. Aki’s first show was with ‘Melange’ that took place at Mumbai at Opera House featuring an all out women wear collection. Within a span of one year, AKI began retailing in the biggest stores in India including Ensemble, Melange, Camelot, Ogaan etc and Aki Narula finally moved to New Delhi where he set up his workshop and consolidated his team his team which consists of twenty five members. He received an overwhelming response for his collection which showcased at the Lakme India Fashion Week, 2000. Aki Narula started designing for Bollywood films starting with Monsoon Wedding, Dil Chahta Hai and Dubai Return. Aki Narula’s designs were featured in the opening sequence of the Miss India Beauty Pageant, 2002 and he was immediately appointed as the Design Director at Sheetal Design Studio for which he designs under the label Aki Narula for SDS. His debut collection for Sheetal, ‘Man Unbound’ was a huge success and he was categorized as one of the leading Indian designers with his designs being sold at high end outlets in India as well as abroad like 1 M.G. Road, You Grasshopper, Ensemble, Zingara at Cannes and St. Tropez and SDS.

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