After an overwhelmingly positive response over the 6 Shore Road Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook (here), we absolutely jumped at the chance to interview Pooja Kharbanda, the designer behind the brand.
Having been born and raised in Hong Kong and Panama, and originally a Finance major-with work experience in Information Technology, super diverse Pooja Kharbanda talks about life, passion, and fashion.
Belles&Rebelles: 6 Shore Road's SS11 Collection is your debut collection. Congratulations on that. How exciting! How does itfeel to debut your first collection and how long was this "in the making?"
Pooja Kharbanda: It’s an amazing feeling especially since it was something I had wanted to do for years. The actual collection & brand was in the making for only a few months but to see it come to life was the best part!
B&R: You have a background in Finance. Not only was it your major at university, but you spent some time in the field upon your graduation...What was your "A-HA!" moment when you decided to design clothing?
PK: I was a Finance major but worked for years in Information Technology. I had many girlfriends that were changing careers at a much later stage and that really inspired me to go after what I wanted to do.
B&R: What did clothing, designing, and fashion mean to you, prior to entering the field?
PK: Prior to 6 Shore Road, I was always either painting or creating items for myself and of course a dedicated shopper; all which helped me in creating 6 Shore Road.
B&R: You live and work in NYC, yet 6 Shore Road seems beach inspired (for those lazy days by the pool and at beach bars!)...I was actually surprised to hear you WEREN'T from LA! How did you come to design a beach-inspired collection while living in NYC?
PK: I grew up in Panama, which has beautiful beaches and surrounding islands and which I credit with for my love for the beach! Living in NY, I was also inspired by the carefree Hamptons lifestyle.
B&R: So, how do you justify this brand as a bi-coastal/NY-to-LA-to-ANYWHERE brand?
PK: 6 Shore Road is for anyone and everyone that wants to get away for vacation but also
wants bring some of that vacation into the city that they live in.
B&R: What is your own personal style and how is that reflected in your brand?
PK: My style is a little feminine, downtown chic, effortless – a lot of the collection reflects this.
B&R: Do you have a favorite piece in the collection?
PK: I like them all. Right now, I’m in the mood for the Cristal Relaxed Dress.
B&R: Any hint as to what might be coming our way for the Fall/Winter 2011?
PK: The core of 6 Shore Road is about transitional dressing that is inspired by travels, whether it is day to night or beach to bar. The Fall 11 collection is inspired by Le Baccarat in Paris and continues to have the care free spirit of lounging by the fireplace or sipping champagne with your girlfriends.
B&R: Who has been your biggest inspiration in life?
PK: My parents have been the biggest inspiration. My dad for taking us all over the world at such a young age and my mom for having such fashionable style!
B&R: Have to ask...Who is your style icon?
PK: Diane Von Furstenberg.
B&R: And lastly, a fun/random question. What is your favorite color?
PK: Fuchsia – it looks great on everyone too!
Thank you times a million to Pooja Kharbanda for taking the time for this interview!
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Big Thank You to Shae over at Bollare for making this interview possible!
After such a positive response to Micky London's Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook (here), there was no option as to whether or not to share an up-close look of the collection after a recent visit to the showroom.
To learn more, see more, and to shop for Micky London, click here.
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Big Thank You to everyone over at Micky London for keeping us up-to-date with their brand!
Fabricly has finally, officially launched their online shopping boutique. This is THE SPOT to find THE BEST up-and-coming, yet-to-be discovered brands that range from foreign lines with limited exposure, back-street secrets, next season's most influential stunners, and uber-talented, totally cool designers that just so happen to be "homies" with the scouts that carefully and exclusively hand-pick every single piece featured on this website. With its tight curation, Fabricaly features truly unique, truly special exisiting brands, as well as aids incredible emerging designers with the full production of their collections, all to ensure that you, as the shopper, has access to the newest, hottest, most amazing clothing out there.
In honor of their re-launch, we have collaborated with the Fabricly team to bring you a fantastic discount on anything and everything on the site. Just type in the code REBELLESAWESOME at checkout to collect a 20% DISCOUNT, valid for the nexttwo weeks!
To learn more, see more, and to shop at Fabricly, click here.
BIG thanks to both Angie & Alice over at Fabricly for sharing Fabricly with me!
Coming from Cairo, Nana's Closet's Spring 2011 Collection, fittingly named "Romantic Army," is a tribute to peace during the country's time of struggle and unrest. Every piece of this beyond beautiful line is intricately hand-made, creating a sense of real exclusivity and escapism from the world of mass production. With rich details, strong silhouettes, and armor-like accessories, Nana's Closet uniquely blends masculine and feminine styles in both a relevant and timeless way. Having begun in 2009, this brand has not reached the United States yet, but with it's impeccable craftsmanship and designer Dina Said's promise to honor the revival of the techniques of Egyptian Haute Couture, this high-quality, high-end brand proves that Egypt can be a huge force and will make a true impact on fashion across the globe.
BIG Thank You to Nadine Sabry for introducing me to Nana's Closet designer Dina Said, and many thanks to both for sending this lookbook my way!
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Emerging womenswear label, Rehna Pendse NYC, shows inspirations rooted in architecture and innovative origami techniques. With her debut collection, Indian born and now NYC-based designer, Rehna Pendse, displays her keen eye for creating edgy, sculptural, unique, sexy and totally fresh designs for trendsetting style mavens, while completely steering clear of simply following the trends. While this bold contemporary brand won't be available in stores until September, we've teamed up with Ms. Pendse herself to offer you this exclusive sneak peek, as well as a chance to shop, the Fall 2011 Collection. Shop now to receive 30% off...plus free shipping! This offer runs through May 15 and is available only at the newly launched Rehna Pendse NYC online store (here).
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For his Fall/Winter 2011 presentation, Kelly Locke shared a showroom space with renowned designer Cynthia Vincent. Locke introduced exotic fish skins to his line, while CV continued to absolutely dazzle with her Twelfth Street collection, which always embodies a universal appeal and not only sets her apart, but also sets her atop in the ranks of current contemporary designers.
To learn more, see more, and to shop for Kelly Locke, click here.
See more Belles&Rebelles coverage of Kelly Locke Handbags here and here.
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See more Belles&Rebelles coverage of Cynthia Vincent here and here.
Big thanks to Angie for introducing both collections to me!