Payal Khandwala launched her eponymous label in 2012.
Her approach to clothing is much like her art.
The prism with which she sees fashion is therefore distinctive, she treats dressmaking as simply a shift in canvas.
She orchestrates colour and textures to create layered separates that are dramatic yet minimal, with subtle attention to detail.
Her muse is an intelligent, non-conformist woman. A woman with a refined sense of luxury, and one that will not sacrifice her comfort for it.
As a philosophy her clothing is about relaxed timeless style, a spirited attitude and a relentless need to express one's own individuality.
Her background in Fine Arts and Fashion coupled with her cultural influences, growing up in Mumbai, schooling in New York and Barcelona, give her an inimitable perspective. Her sensibilites intuitively marry these references to create an aesthetic that is global but with an inherently Indian soul.
The clothes are made, with love, in India using handwoven silks, khadi, cottons and linens in a palette that is rich and soaked in a tradition of colour.
Payal received her first Art Scholarship at the National Board Level in 1990.
She graduated from SNDT in Mumbai. Under the tutelage of Wendell Rodricks, amongst several awards for Illustration, Design and Construction she also won ‘Designer of the Year’ in a nationwide competition held by ShoppersStop in 1994.
She graduated with honors, with a BFA from the PARSONS School Of Design, New York.
Whilst in New York she worked with designer Sandy Dalal, CFDA’s winner of the Perry Ellis Award for menswear in 1997.
She has a diploma from METAFORA, an international workshop for Contemporary Art in Barcelona in 2005.
In 2007 she received Society Magazine’s Young Achievers Award in the Fine Arts category.
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