Meet Our Artisans

Meet Our Artisans

The KARIGAR (Artisan) is the backbone of Deepa Gurnani.  We are fortunate to have a group dedicated to the integrity of their craft.  They are amongst the best embroiders in the field.  This talented team ensures that fine quality and distinguished design continue to be the trademark of Deepa Gurnani.   
Deepa Gurnani Karigars

We'll always have Paris . . .

We'll always have Paris . . .

Designer's Playground Showroom and Premiere Classe highlighted our trip to the City of Lights.

It was all work and all play.

DEEFINE, our fine jewelry label, debuted at Designer's Playground Showroom.

We made some friends along the way.

Until next year mon amour.

Deepa Gurnani's 10 Year Anniversary

#DeepaTurns10

Deepa Gurnani's 10 Year Anniversary

How it all began...

In 2005, a fine jewelry designer Jay Lakhani and fashion designer Deepa Gurnani came together to become husband and wife. A year after being married, Jay and Deepa Lakhani collaborated, bringing creative designs together and launched their label "Deepa Gurnani".  In 2006, the line was launched at Henri Bendel's in NYC.  The duo combined their talents and created a line of unique and distinctive embroidered accessories, which continues to amaze, and inspire fans, season after season.

The progression...

When you think back 10 years ago, did you expect to be where you are now?

-Absolutely!  We are honored to have reached this far.  However, there are miles to go before we sleep!

What was the biggest challenge you've faced with building your brand to where it is now?

-Gathering a truly motivated, enthusiastic and reliable team that shares our vision.  We are proud to say that we are finally there. Thank You Team Deepa! 

What is your biggest motivation?

-Being able to give back and to know that so many families are supported through our work.

If you could change one thing and/or do something differently, what would it be?

-We are glad that we have grown through the mistakes we have made and the challenges that we have faced.  We would not like to do anything differently. 

Where we are now and what to look forward to...

Do you have anything special planned for the brands 10 year anniversary?

-The launch of our new Fine Jewelry label, DEEFINE and our new license deal, Erte by Deepa Gurnani.

Any words of encouragement for someone just starting out?

-Always believe in yourself, follow your dreams and never lose your passion.

 

With hard work and determination comes great reward.  10 years is a great milestone and we are proud to have reached it together.
 #DeepaTurns10

Oblivion

New Product

Oblivion

The moment you've all been waiting for has finally arrived.  Our new collection 'Oblivion' has finally launched and we could not wait to share it with you.
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Before we get to this beautiful collection, here is why we created the line and what it entails. We want to portray the depth of what is going on around the world.  We believe people need to take a step back and think about what is going on around them.  We all want peace around us, but we have to play our part in delivering this message and feeling. We used colors like red and black to help represent the wars and bloodshed around the world. Such a dark theme one would think, but in art and fashion we strive for hope. 
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And without further ado, We present our new collection Oblivion. 
Ambrosia Necklace
JoJo Necklace
Izzy Necklace
Stassi Bracelet 
Tiara Earrings
Shushanna Earrings
Izzy Earrings
Lenni Headband
Henrietta Necklace
Jemima Necklace
Jubilee Necklace
Adele Necklace
Ginny Bracelet
Jubilee Bracelet
Joelle Bracelet
Ginny Earrings
Jemima Earrings
Joelle Earrings
Tandra Earrings
Liberty Headband
Reegan Headband

 

June Bride

June Bride

Tis the season to get married.  As you may know, June is the most traditional month to get married. The tradition of June weddings first start with the name of the month. The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who is the Roman goddess of love, marriage and childbearing.  It's believed that if you get married in June you are blessed with prosperity and happiness.  
Whether you're following tradition or starting your own, we want you to look and feel like a goddess even if its not June. Looking and feeling great on your special day is the one tradition we hold dear. 
Here are some wedding must haves and suggestions to do just that.  
Something New!  A goddess wears the finest of things and we have  the perfect accessories to unleash your inner goddess. 
Garter Toss? Check out La Gartier for some sexy garters that you will want to keep for a life time. 


Want to spice up your dress? A sash is a great way to personalize your dress and make it unique. Check out BHLDN for some fashion forward options.
Hopefully this helps guide you closer to unleashing your inner goddess. We wish you the best on your new journey and that it's filled with happiness and prosperity. 

Stay-cation!

Stay-cation!

Sometimes the best vacation is a stay-cation.  We can be so caught up in our busy lives that we forget to stop and recharge our minds and souls.  Can't afford the time and or money to get away? We suggest taking advantage of the world around you. Pretend to be a tourist in your own city or neighborhood. You would be surprised at all the wonderful things you don't get to experience in your own town.

Pick a random city or island that you want to visit. Next, list the things you would do there. Is it, visit a landmark, museum,a fancy restaurant, or shopping?  If you picked one or more of these things, we have great news! You can do any or all of these things without booking a flight or hotel. 

Here's a few places we recommend in NYC that will get your stay-cation on the right track.

Flat Iron Building (Landmark)
This building was built in 1902 and it's name derived from its shape, which is very similar to a 'flat iron' used to press clothes. 
Roosevelt Island (Place to Explore)
A train or tram ride away. This Island sits between Manhattan and Queens and it is a nice place to go for a walk or bike ride.  
Ladurée (Place to Eat)
A taste of Paris! Who said you have to fly all the way to Paris?  You can capture the essence right here in NYC. If you're looking for great Macaroons, try Ladurée.   
Prospect Park (Place to Visit)
A nice park to walk, run, set up a picnic or even visit the zoo. 
MIUSA (Place to Eat)
One of our favorite places to eat in Williamsburg!  MIUSA supports local farmers and uses food mainly from New York. Order one of their amazing meals, have a glass of wine and enjoy the ambiance.  
 
We challenge you to turn off your tunnel vision, look up and experience life. You'll be surprised at how much you've been missing.
 

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day!

It's that special time of year again.  Mother's Day is near and we wanted to share some suggestions to help show your love and appreciation...
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1.Flowers and Jewels are a way to any woman's heart.
Flowers are a colorful way to say "I Love You!" For long lasting blooms, we suggest flowers from Luxe Bloom
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Jewels, a timeless keepsake that will make her feel beautiful inside and out. A beautiful statement necklace we are sure she's going to love.  
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2. A good talk over breakfast, lunch or dinner. 
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Nothing beats a homemade meal made with love! How about fresh squeezed orange juice, hot coffee/tea and some freshly made pancakes?
Here's one of our favorite recipes for banana pancakes from Ina Garten aka " The Barefoot Contessa"! YUM!
 http://www.food.com/recipe/barefoot-contessas-banana-sour-cream-pancakes-204963
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If cooking is not your forte, we love the baked goods at Maison Kaiser! Buttery deliciousness! Oui, s'il vous plaît!
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3. Quality bonding time! 
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Perhaps catching a play, walking around antiquing and discovering new treasures.  If you live in NYC or just visiting, take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and head to the Brooklyn Museum.
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Every month the Brooklyn Museum hosts "1st Saturdays". An evening of art and great vibes, something you and mom can experience and cherish forever. The bliss moments in life that we share with those we love are the ones we hold most dear. 
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4. The most important thing of them all!!!!!
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Don't forget to tell her you love her!!! You can never tell her enough!

California Dreaming - Coachella 2016

California Dreaming - Coachella 2016

Festival season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than taking the pilgrimage to Indio, California for the party of the year, Coachella!  As any fashionista knows, Coachella is the place to pile on the accessories and embrace your bohemian style.  This was our 1st year attending the event and we loved every moment.  It was full of sunshine, dancing and plenty of bling. We met some fellow free spirits and saw amazing fashion that inspired us.  The desert life is a good life and we are definitely marking our calendars for next year! 
 
Must have photo by the Ferris Wheel with a one of a kind statement bib. 
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Tie Wraps are not just for your head. They can be worn as chokers, arm bands, bracelets, anklets and my favorite as a belt. Try a similar look with our Zora Tie Wrap.
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A great way to spruce up every day flip flops. A sneak peak into our footless gladiators. 
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This brilliant bohemian bag from Vipul Shah bags paired perfectly with our Jaliyah necklace. A big thanks to our friends at Vipul Shah for helping us look even more stylish this weekend.
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Peace Out Coachella, we can't wait to see you next year!
 

World Peace!

World Peace!

 

Our inspiration for our 2016 Fall collection. It's hard to ignore what's going on around the world...  with WAR there is no PEACE! 

Lakmé Fashion Week

Lakmé Fashion Week

Every year, India hosts its bi-annual premier Fashion Week in Mumbai. This fashion forward event is called Lakmé.  This year we were one of the fortunate brands to be chosen to participate in the summer resort show. It was a huge honor being invited this season and we were determined to put our best foot forward. No Sleep Till The Runway!
 
Why were we chosen you wonder? We are a brand that believes in sustaining the craft of hand embroidery and working with skilled Artisans to make sure this craft goes on for generations to come. The Lakme team felt we were right for the show and loved the fact that the brand is made in India, but has a more Global reach. 
The theme of the collection we presented is called Oblivion. We wanted to portray what is going on around the world.  We believe people need to take a step back and think about what is going on around them.  We all want peace around us, but we have to play our part in delivering this message and feeling. We used colors like red and black to help represent the wars and bloodshed around the world. Such a dark theme one would think, but in art and fashion we strive for hope. 
 
When invited to be a part of such an amazing opportunity we thought, how can we catch everyone's attention? Since this was our debut show, we wanted to relate to the audience and have them feel that everyone can wear our pieces and feel fabulous.  What better way to do that than choosing bloggers and stylists to model our pieces.  Styling these top Bollywood Bloggers and Stylists was a huge honor as they work with the best of the best in the industry. We wanted to put them in front of the cameras as they are the ladies who make things happen in India. 
With every experience there is a lesson learned. Being part of the Sustainable Craft and Textile Day was very exciting for us.  We had never done anything like this before. Being asked to work on 8 "head to toe" looks was nerve wrecking and exciting all at once. Our biggest take away was that we can make clothes as well as our accessories. We have been inspired to push ourselves even further and are now working on a small clothing line that will launch next season. With determination and freshly inspired motivation there are fun things ahead in the world of Deepa Gurnani!
Lakme Fashion Week happens twice a year. We are considering doing it again next season. Stay tuned...
 

Thought for the day!

Thought for the day!

 

The first step always gets you one step closer to where you need or want to be! We encourage you to stay motivated. You will get there even if its not right away. 
With love,
Deepa Gurnani 

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