Uber-glamorous fashion designer Pria Kataaria Puri is a Mumbaikar through and through. Here, she lets us in on where she sources her inspiration in the city, the best spots in Mumbai to soak up some local atmosphere, and where to pick up a bargain or two.
How do you keep alive India’s ancient heritage of fine craftsmanship?
I try to promote Indian culture through hand embroideries and textile designs but put them in a Western format so that they become internationally popular.
What other Mumbai-based fashion designers do you admire and which designers have had the biggest influence on you?
The Mumbai-based designers I most admire are probably Falguni and Shane Peacock, Abu Sabdeep, Pallavi Jaikishen and Masaba. When it comes to influences I would have to say Chanel, Dior, Karl Lagerfield, Oscar de la Renta.
Where do you like to shop in Mumbai?
For fabric I go to the numerous silk stores in Khar (A suburb just north of Bandra and south of Santa Cruz), for jewellery I window-shop at Turner Road in Bandra.
Which collection/project are you most proud of to date?
My favorite collection so far has to be the Gaytri Devi collection and Turkish delight as they’ve been my most successful.
What is it about Mumbai that inspires you the most?
I think it’s the eccentric chaos and high energy. Mumbai is a soulful city, where anyone can make it. The city takes you in as long as you love her back.