There’s no denying that Indian designers are increasingly getting noticed globally, with a talented few finally getting the chance to showcase on international platforms while others are making a cut at international competitions. With that being said, designer Namrata Dudaney, Founder of Ahikoza seems to stand out among the rest. In 2017, she became the first Indian designer to collaborate with a Victoria Secret model to create a one-of-a-kind handbag. Barbara Fialho co-designed their famous Rachel and Barbara Foldover, which is cutting-edge and serves a highly practical function.
Known for her fine craftsmanship, exquisite materials, architectural silhouettes, textural interplays and bright hues, her bags were made for those who enjoy chic with a side of glam. Her stunning pieces are regularly spotted all in the hands of Bollywood’s elite like Malaika Arora, Kiara Advani, Sonam Kapoor, and international fashion fixtures such as Olivia Holt, Emily Osment, and Shannon Thornton among others. We’ve also noticed her creations have become a staple in the wardrobes of popular trendsetters in the world which makes Dudaney a name to be reckoned with. Her brand Ahikoza is synonymous with pieces that are perfectly placed at the intersection of art and design. Think minimal yet stunning handbags and clutches in striking designs and shapes.
Following her intuition seems to have paid off for the fashion graduate, who went to a fashion school in Melbourne in 2008, before unveiling her first set of innovative prototypes back in 2016. “I had no plans of becoming a designer. I had been a handbag collector since I was 16, and still am. My passion then led to a business idea that has proven to be a successful one,” she explains.
The spearhead may well be one of the few in her league who have been crafting aesthetic geometric handbags inspired by architectural installations and sculptures. As evident from her line of handbags, each creation is unique and designed to last for years to come. “I want women to feel empowered, like they’re carrying a piece of art,” she says with a smile