An independent designer from Mumbai, Anandita Shah is involved in making handcrafted handbags and accessories, under her label ‘ 500 B.C.’
The label is inspired from the era which gave birth to two of the most prominent spiritual figures in Indian history - The Buddha and Mahavira. Incorporating ancient Indian aesthetic sensibilities into modern design forms has been the inspiration for all her collections. 'As much as I am drawn to the ancient art forms of Indian culture, so to, am I attracted to the urban landscapes of its rapidly modernizing economy and its unique way of absorbing and transforming itself.'
Her bags retail through select boutiques in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai, as well as New York, Dubai and Saint Tropez.