Nikhil Mehra of the label ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’ is a well known fashion designer, and a graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion. The duo has two exclusive signature stores in prime locations of Delhi besides having a strong presence in couture stores in U.K, U.S.A, Canada, and Dubai.
Label: Shantanu and Nikhil
Creative heart and entrepreneurial mind – the winning combination has got the brother duo, Shantanu Mehra and Nikhil Mehra, a place in the global forum. They launched their label ‘Shantanu and Nikhil’ in the year 1999, which caters to the young, trendy, stylish and vivacious populace of the world. The brand targets its audience who are extrovert and effervescent, with a sense of chic and classiness. The brand aims to bring out stylish line of clothes for work place, going with the recent flow of power dressing at one’s vocational front. The urban youth desires to be contemporary, yet conservative and the brand comes out to be a clear winner in this segment.
Shantanu did his MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio, USA. He had realized the power and the growth of the Indian fashion world, but also had come to know of the shortcomings of the industry. He had realized that there are a lot of creative energies in this industry, but what it lacked was a touch of professionalism. His education helped him understand the market, its requirements, and the various intricacies involved in marketing the product.
Nikhil, on the other hand, had been ingenious right from the school days. He graduate from Pearl Academy of Fashion and had joined the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California for an advanced course. He has been awarded with some of the most prestigious awards and scholarships. Nikhil was invited to design a collection for a prestigious store “Georgio Beverly Hills” in Los Angeles and was featured in L.A.Times to be the only Indian designer to have had a show in Universal Studio, Hollywood.
Promotions and Success
It was in 1999 that Shantanu and Nikhil decided to team their creative as well as consumerist skills to venture into the fashion forum, with a keen attitude of creating sophisticated, yet elegant urban styling. Their label ‘Shantanu and Nikhil’ is synonymous to the phrase “future fashion”. The brand eyes on global young and trendy market. After having a taste of success in the men’s wear couture, the designer duo plunged into the women’s wear in the year 2001, with signature collections like Diffusion and Couture, at display at the Indian Fashion Week.
The brand ventured in the year 2003, to reach out to the masses with a classy high-street western line, which combined fine viable receptivity and a sense of style. The collection includes not only chic sports wear, but also saris, short kurtis with trousers, skirts with bustiers in chiffons and Banarasi georgettes with intricate embroidery, reflecting the richness in its essence. It also has an exclusive couture line for the Indian groom, varying from Jodhpuri Nehru jackets to Sherwanis and Waist coats
Brand and Clientele
Within a short span of time, Shatanu & Nikhil have been quite effective in coming out with clothes which not only have a national but also an international appeal.. The clientele list of the designer duo has eminent sports personalities like Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan & Leander Peas. In Bollywood stars like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, A.R.Rehman, Kunal Kapoor, Shah, Shilpa Shetty, Sushmita Sen and Bipasha Basu adore the brand. They have two signature stores in the prime locations of New Delhi, besides having a strong presence in couture stores nationally and internationally. Internationally, the label is available in Dubai, Kuwait, Tokyo, Switzerland, Birmingham, London, Jeddah, New York and Vancouver.