Why you need to stock up on Shivan & Narresh’s swimsuits and neoprene lehengas
SIX years after they launched, Shivan & Narresh continue to be India’s only luxury beachwear brand. After all, the two young designers got top corporate women to take the sari to the beach on work trips – courtesy their bikini saris with pockets for essentials like a phone and sunscreen. Their customised swimwear appeals to different body types, and if you are a fan of cover-ups, you may have already invested in a colour-blocked pareo or a dress that easily makes the transition from pool to party. Plus, if money is no issue, there is the handcrafted swimsuit fashioned in their fabulous Italian jersey and one-on-one consultations for `1.5 lakhs and above.
Right now, the designers are busy taking their recent Destination Wedding collection to cities across the country. Calling their bride a confident and smart traveller, Narresh Kukreja, who has just turned 30, has a lot to say about their lehengas in the new age material, neoprene. It is dramatic wedding wear, requires no ironing and is lightweight, he insists. “The multi-million dollar wedding industry needs to go beyond the wedding day,” he continues, adding that people are finally beginning to shop and pack wisely for their honeymoon. “Women usually tend to think of swimsuits in a unilateral way. They often draw a blank when it comes to planning for those crucial eight to 10 days of a honeymoon. They are intimate days that set the foundation for the years ahead,” he adds with flourish. The easygoing designer observes that since we have been serving Indian fashion ‘with the same textiles’ for generations, “We need to shake it up a bit. ‘After all, this is the modern Indian bride we are talking about. They will be adding a capsule collection for men soon, and have a popular line of statement accessories in resin and leather. But swimwear will always be their calling card. “We are in that sweet spot of being the only one in this industry,” chuckles Kukreja.
Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000. Details: 40981875
— Team Indulge