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 is constantly searching for the simplest way to express complex design ideas. He is focused on conceptualising 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 earlychildhood on his parents 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.
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 the menswear shirt collection as well as 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.
An important aspect of the different collections presented each season is the very modern synergy between fashion and lifestyle with a unifying vision for the way the contemporary urban consumer dresses and lives whether in New Delhi, London or Tokyo. Each season both the fashion and home textile collections are presented to international buyers in prestigious trade salons in Paris, namely Tranoi and Scenes D’Interieur at Maison & Objet.
In India, the collection is presented biannually at the India Fashion Week in New Delhi.
The work of Abraham & Thakore has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in a British Council exhibition on contemporary Indian design; at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, in the Volkart Foundation sponsored exhibition on Khadi. (Which later traveled to Switzerland.)
In late 2002 the first ABRAHAM & THAKORE shop was opened in New Delhi followed by the second store at The Courtyard in Mumbai; and the third opened in Bangalore on Vittal Mallya Road in January 2005. A new store is now open at the Emporio Mall in New Delhi.
The collection is also available in leading outlets across the country.
Internationally ABRAHAM & THAKORE collections are sold in some of the finest retail stores in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Rome and Kuwait amongst other locations.