Women Entrepreneurs – From the closet to the World!
Women Entrepreneurs – From the closet to the World!
We live in an era where women are no longer are tied up to their better halves and where girls do not cling on to their men to survive financially. With a vast plethora of career options and women embarking their presence in each one of them, from being a housewife to woman entrepreneur, the fields of law & finance, arts & fine arts, designing and development – women have made their presence felt at every nook and corner and have been shouldering the success a step ahead in the patriarchal society of India.
The field for interior designing and home furnishing is one such area, which over the years, has not only gauged a lucrative career for women but a palpable exposure too and has ended up It has becoming the most sought out profession in India. Taking cognizance of the fact that in today’s day and age, where families have raised their bars & standards from just living in four walled house to living in up-to-date stylish and ultra-modern homes, the opportunities in interior designing lies manifold. A fine bunch of renowned artistes and successful celebrities in India have pre-dominantly taken up this share and have been doing exceedingly well. They have carved their own niche for themselves and are not anymore knows as star wives but by their individual brand names. These women are an inspiration to the whole lot of FEMALES and To name a few – Gauri Khan, Suzanne Khan, Twinkle Khanna & many more. And today We present to you the stories of these women and their journey up & beyond that.
Many know Suzanne Roshan as the wife of Hrithik Roshan .However very few know that she is in fact the daughter of prolific interior designer Zarine Khan! It doesn’t come as a surprise that daughter Suzanne would follow the footsteps of her mom and be an exemplary example in this field. Having obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Interior Design from Blooks College, California. She WENT ONTO working with her mother for a while before starting her own venture. In 2005 she shifted focus to furniture design. In Collaboration With Gauri Khan She Launched her furniture boutique ‘The Charcoal Project‘ in 2011. In addition to designing her own home with Hrithik, she has also designed Rani Mukerji and Priyanka Chopra’s homes. A subtle sense of calmness and quietness reflects from interior spaces designed by Suzanne. She avoids loud, flashy and extravagant designs and likes to use a lot of white and off white colors on her walls. Her style is classy and contemporary yet warm and soothing. Suzanne’s personal choices lean towards vintage charm and old world elegance.
Gauri Khan has been a renowned producer to his husband’s numerous movies, and most recently an interior designer. Among the most elite Bollywood wives’, the ultra glamorous Gauri, has carved a much greater name for herself in interior design than what SRK’s stardom could bestow on her. She states that her being a SRK’s wife barely undermined her love for art and hence an Interior Designer and we are not surprised that she went on to becoming one of the most elite and successful tycoon in the profession. After having designed her own house Mannat, she has mastered the arts of renovating homes of scale 1, the price of which is no less that 70-80 million INR at least.
In 2010, she and Suzzanne Roshan partnered to design exclusive interior designs together. Since then it has been a progressive graph in her home interior design career. Recently in September 2015, she launched her bespoke furniture line in Paris. Royalty is the key when it comes to Gauri Khan and everything that comes along with it. When working with Gauri, trust in the designer’s taste is of utmost importance. Gauri’s confidence and belief in her idea of what the space should look like means most clients eventually agree to her choices.
Her first project, Mannat showcases overwhelming exteriors, fairy-tale interiors, opulent dining rooms and royal romantic bedrooms with the use of euphoric marbling that give you a impression of emperor’s nest.
Born to a family of legendary superstars, the girl is nothing short of Bollywood royalty. Her parents Rajesh and Dimple Khanna were stars of their era, her husband Akshay Kumar is easily one of the highest grossing actors in Bollywood. She herself has had quite an illustrious career as an actress and most recently as an award winning author to national bestseller book – Mrs. Funny Bones. She quit acting post her marriage to start her own interior design store called ‘The White Window’ and since then she has been beaming of success and more success.
‘The White Window’ offers her customers affordable decor. Her abstract and artistic style of work makes her stand out from the crowd. Her attention to detail in creating a look takes her from high end designers to flea markets. Exuberant Hanging lights, bedside lamps that match the bed canopy are few of the key aspects of her notable Panchshil project in Pune. She won the Elle Decor International Design award for best ‘wall coverings’. Her style is best described as minimal with a lot of European Influences. The White Window by Twinkle Khanna introduces their Holiday line: “Villa Tara” a range of home décor and resort wear.
The enterprising designer is keen to see her line of candles, The Faraway Tree, become a household brand. “The Faraway Tree” came out of a hobby of mine. I founded the brand almost 15 years ago under my mother’s guidance” she says.
Tanya Deol, like Suzanne Roshan is one of the few celebrity wives who had a background in design prior to attaining celebrity status. She owns the ‘Good Earth’ store that specializes in furniture and home accessories. Married into the famous Deol family (her spouse is Bobby Deol), Tanya has largely been known to be a private person who hardly ever gives interviews, she prefers making a name in her chosen profession on the merits of her work rather than celebrity wife status.
Deol is well known in the film industry for her work on furniture and interior accessories for many Bollywood star homes. Tania’s design philosophy is to make the most of history by weaving it in with the present. She honed her skills at the Rachana College of Architecture in Mumbai and values aesthetics over everything. Deol travels around the world in search of inspiration from different cultures and forms of architecture. Her creations are intended to appeal to anyone who has an eye for detail and a zeal for antique furniture with a modern twist.
If you are looking for a unique style that brings together old world heritage and contemporary practical design, then Tania Deol is certainly the perfect choice.
Apart from being a an Indian socialite and philanthropist, and the wife of Adi Godrej, chairman of the Godrej Group, Parmeshwar Godrej lent her name to design the interiors of a sprawling 3,401 sq ft apartment in Planet Godrej in Mahalakshmi, which had a reserve price of Rs 15 crore or Rs 44,000 per sq ft. Parmeshwar Godrej is one of the most seasoned designers on this list. Starting her career as an Air Hostess for Air India, she eventually married Adi Godrej, the chairman of Godrej Group. She is also a power broker who has won several accolades for the Godrej Property development initiatives. Godrej Interio is the name associated with her which is touted to be India’s Largest Furnitture Brand.
From manufacturing the humble Storwel cupboard 80 years back to being a vibrant, innovative brand with a diverse portfolio – it’s been a brilliant, exciting journey for Godrej.
Entrepreneur, social worker, philanthropist, homemaker, dutiful daughter-in-law, star wife, mother, and now and interior designer. Mana Shetty is truly a multi-faceted woman. Though she is star-actor Suniel Shetty’s wife, she has carved an identity of her own. Not only does Sunil appreciate his wife’s creativity and business acumen, he encourages and supports her in everything she does. Whether it is a business venture or a charitable cause, they together work in perfect harmony.
Mana’s priorities and heart is in the right place. She owns a home lifestyle showroom called R-HOUSE. It is spread over two floors with an outdoor space and offers a wide range of artifacts, gift and accessories, lighting, interior and outdoor solutions and diverse furniture in classic and contemporary styles. Each piece has been handpicked personally by her and the USP is their affordable pricing. She proudly maintains that 80 percent of furniture is Indian and the rest is from across the globe.
She also owns The S2 project, comprising of a commune of 21 villas developed on a seven-acre estate. It has been conceptualized by Suniel Shetty and his sister Sujata Hegde. The architecture is by Alan Abraham (John’s brother) and the interiors of the villas are designed by herself. These villas have been designed as a part of a gated community of luxurious second homes, bought either for investment, a vacation home, or retirement, but are so beautiful that they often become a first home of choice. One sample villa has been done by me. The idea is: We build and furnish. If the buyers like what I have done, I can also furnish their villa. We provide everything from towels to bath mats and bed sheets so one can just move into the villa with just their suitcases of clothes.