Kimchii is all about ethnic yet global aesthetics
Sachi Raval and Shivangi Gurjer work “boho chic” elements into their young, fresh clothing brand Kimchii, an extension of their own personal style.
Walking the talk
Both second year students at design school Srishti, their passion for fashion began when they started playing with materials that led them to create funky accessories from cotton thread or coloured wool. Kimchii however, was inspired by events like Soul Sante and Kitsch Mandi. “We’d go to flea markets and think, if they can do it, why can’t we?” begins Gurjer. The duo started off as a stall in Soul Sante, before moving on to Facebook where they connect with customers directly.
On the racks
Raval finds beauty in unexpected places, helping her create accessories and clothes that are distinctly off-beat, ranging from hand-knitted necklaces, chokers and earrings embellished with bells, to colourful silk dresses and blouses with tie-up backs. Think dangling ghungroos or bright little baubles with bells that have become her signature stamp.
Gurjer, on the other hand, designs Western clothes that are flirty and fun. Buttons and backs have become her trademark through dresses and tops with interesting back details, button-embellished shorts and jackets, and flowing chiffon dresses and skirts. We particularly loved the black dress with a heart shaped cut-out back and a white top with a diamond shaped peek-a-boo back.
They are looking to create patchwork and backless tops inspired by a recent trip to Gujarat and the headpiece of temple cows.
Rs 70 upwards. Details: facebook.com/pages/Kimchii
— Keshia D’silva