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Abraham & Thakore (Fellow Member)

Abraham & Thakore is one of India's most successful and respected design resources for fashion and accessories as well as textile products for the home. This design label was initially established by David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore, graduates of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad who were later joined by Kevin Nigli, a design graduate of NIFT New Delhi.

 

DAVID ABRAHAM: Creative director of ABRAHAM & THAKORE, the Singapore born designer, a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, is constantly searching for the simplest way to express complex design ideas. He is focused on conceptualizing and reinventing the A & T story each season to keep it contemporary, directional and relevant both in India and internationally, where it is sold in some of the finest stores the world over. His first eponymous collection was launched in Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

 

RAKESH THAKORE: Director of Abraham & Thakore, Rakesh Thakore was born in Delhi and spent his early childhood on his parent’s farm in East Africa. His forte is the design and development of sophisticated hand-woven fabrics for scarves, sarees and clothing, some of which have been included in major textile exhibitions in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the National Museum of Hokkaido.

 

KEVIN NIGLI: An alumnus of St Xavier's School, Kolkata, and trained in Fashion Design at NIFT, he is Director of sales for both the export and domestic markets.  Besides the challenge of developing, and sometimes creating, new markets for the brand, he is also responsible for conceptualizing the quirky design of the A&T visual displays that have become a key feature of the retail identity of the brand.

 

Each ABRAHAM & THAKORE collection continues the exploration of developing a quiet and modern design voice while simultaneously drawing on the rich traditional vocabulary of Indian design and craft. The design sensibility is low key yet highly distinctive, with a strong respect for material, form and craft. In a consumer world of mass-produced fast fashion, ABRAHAM & THAKORE reiterates the belief that real luxury lies in specially crafted product in limited numbers of high quality.

 

Beginning in 1992, Abraham & Thakore has matured into one of the oldest and most respected design houses. The design sensibility is low key with a strong respect for material, form and craft. In a consumer world of mass-produced fast fashion, ABRAHAM & THAKORE reiterates the belief that real luxury lies in specially crafted product in limited numbers of high quality.

 

Abraham & Thakore started with selling a few scarves and kimonos to The Conran Shop in London to later successfully in stores such as Liberty, Browns and Selfridges.

 

Collaborations have been significant to their retail equation; including a craft-inspired collection for West Elm, exclusive co-branded collection for loungewear and home with Harrods in London and a bi-annual range of Benares weaves for sari brand Ekaya.

Taking inspiration from the textile traditions of India, A&T reiterates its commitment to handloom and traditional Indian textile craft as the richness of India’s craft tradition is unbeatable. Playing with techniques and new structures to explore and develop modern simplistic designs with references to the heritage epitomizes their key design statement and ethos, which combine the best of traditional Indian craftsmanship with contemporary styling and sensibilities.

Their design sensibilities reflect the way we live in urban India, creating fashion and textiles rooted in our Indian identity yet with a contemporary and international take.

 

Abraham & Thakore as a brand has been conquering the world of fashion one outlet at a time. Emerging in Delhi, they now have stores in New Delhi and Bangalore, and are retailed across India, Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the USA; their designs have been exhibited at the Indira Gandhi Centre for the Arts and in several exhibitions in India and overseas. Their work has been acquired for the permanent archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

  • Address:
    C – 21, SECTOR – 4
    NOIDA, U.P - 201301
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  • Telephone:
    +91 120 4113237
  • E-mail:
    studio@abrahamandthakore.com
  • Website:
    www.abrahamandthakore.com
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