Princesse K is an independent handbag label based out of Mumbai, India. Created and fashioned by Karishma Shahani, the ideology of the design house is to produce an interesting mix of constructed designs for the discerning woman who has a keen interest in fashion. Princesse K is an animal friendly brand and all the products are leather free, as we love animals and don't believe in harming them for the sake of style.
Since launching in July 2009, Princesse K has successfully established itself as a premium independent handbag label, with an increasing global presence recognized for its exceptional designs and unique style.
Karishma’s eclectic background and experience has helped in expanding her creative vision. Having studied for her Masters of Science in Luxury Goods & Services at the International University of Monaco, the inspiration behind Princesse K comes from her experiences while studying in the French Riviera.
Witnessing style at its epitome in France & Italy and coming home to a royal cultural heritage of craftsmanship, Karishma created Princesse K – an amalgamation of western influences with an Indian twist to each and every creation.
The label is named after Princesse Grace Kelly - a time style icon.
Q. Define your work in THREE words
A. Hand-crafted, Indian & Detailed
Q. Do you believe in signature style or would you rather constantly reinvent yourself?
A. A mix of both works best for me. I like to keep a certain identity of my designs constant while reinventing design elements in every collection.
Q. A few emotions that impel and inspire you. Do you express the same in your work?
A. Happy, bright and defined. Yes most of my designs are in bright colours either on the outside or on the inside like bag linings and the shapes of the bags are usually very structured.
Q. When inspiration doesn’t flow through or when you feel stuck… what is it that you do?
A. I go for a walk and look around me. It could be people watching or visiting certain places where I like the art or architecture of a certain place that usually helps me look at things differently and helps me go back to the drawing board and redesign or add something new to it.
Q. If you were to start a cult, what would it be ?
A. A Princesse K cult - almost every member has to be seen in one element of a Princesse K product , much like the bigger brands around the world.
Q. What is the one place/ spot/ country in the world that inspires you the most? And Why?
A. Florence. I love the history, art and culture of this tiny city. Besides the museums and sculptures which are amazing to see I love seeing the work of street artists here. Also a lot of the fashion brands I admire originate from here - Ferragamo, Bottega Veneta and just walking around and seeing the artisans working on creating new products is fascinating and inspiring.
Q. Tell us about your collection that will feature at the Cool Hunting Show
A. I will be featuring my latest collection called the Pockets Of India. This is a collection that has been in the works for the last 2 years. I have been traveling around the country and also visiting various handloom fairs that come to Mumbai and been collecting traditional textiles to build up this collection. So from Patola from Orissa, kantha, Mashru and bandhini from Gujarat to traditional North eastern weaves and shawls from Himachal Pradesh you will find them translated in to contemporary designs in this collection.
Q. Finally, why are you looking forward to the Cool Hunting Show?
A. It is great to be curated by The Fuschia Tree team for this show and also its a wonderful platform to share with other designers and showcase our collections.