A graduate from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology, Raakesh launched his eponymous label in 2007. He focuses on glamorous and intricately constructed clothes in the prêt, diffusion and couture categories.
Over his three years in the business, Raakesh has covered diverse grounds. From international events like Fashion Coterie in New York (which he does every season) Miami Fashion Week (2009) to Paris Tranoi (2009), and the acclaimed St. Andrew’s Charity Fashion Show in Scotland (2008 and ’09), to selling in cities like New York, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Milan, Rome, Dubai, Johannesburg, and Tokyo, the past three years have firmly established Raakesh as a name to watch out for.
While his attention to detail and mastery over embroideries and draping has become a visible signature, his brand has continued to grow exponentially over this short period. He recently opened a by-appointment-only couture salon in Hyderabad’s swank Banjara Hills area, and is planning a similar boutique in Chandigarh. He is also designing an exclusive line for the multi-designer outlet Creo in Mumbai.
With the Pearls Delhi Couture Week, Raakesh became the youngest ever to partipate in a couture week and also launched his first ever accessories and costume jewellery label – Jewels by Raakesh Agarvwal – which will be marketed worldwide. This announcement is followed closely by his decision to launch a men’s line, as well as his first flagship, which he plans to open this year.
A favourite of Bollywood style setters, his creations are seen on everyone from leading ladies like Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, and Lara Dutta, to promising talents such as Genalia D’Souza, Asin Thottumkal, Sonakshi Sinha and Jacqueline Fernandez.
In India, Raakesh retails at Ensemble (Delhi and Mumbai), Aza (Delhi and Mumbai), M, Chamomile (Mumbai), and Creo (Mumbai), White( delhi) as well as at his couture salon in Hyderabad.