Since its inception in 2012, Atelier Shikaarbagh (https://www.instagram.com/shikaarbaghofficial/) has quietly and steadily consolidated its reputation as a trusted, and beloved purveyor of the finest quality Indian and French chiffon, satin, tissue and georgette sarees; with occasional custom-designed wedding poshaks, shawls, and evening gowns. Atelier Shikaarbagh fulfils a gap in the market for fine sarees that harmonise the making of a dramatic statement, and that of understated sophistication.Authentic foundation fabrics and raw materials are sourced from the best suppliers in India, Hong Kong and Paris, France.
Maayankraj holds a Masters in the History of Arts from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Vadodara. In the year 2010, he recorded ‘Oral History of Costume Traditions’ as a written thesis, through extensive travel and research. These endeavours have sensitised him greatly, not just to the nuances of his profession, but also to the seeds of future potential therein.
How do you get your best ideas ?
When I am running like a headless chicken , getting work done. The reason I carry a notepad around.
What’s something they don’t teach you in University that you should probably know?
Common sense and decency.
First thing you do as soon as you wake up?
Thank the almighty.
What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses in the country?
Loans without collaterals.
What was your biggest stroke of luck since the launch of your company?
Getting clients who have kept us strong.
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Do something innovative , not run of a mill business idea.
The Far Pavillions
Best boss you had and what did you learn from them?
I learned from myself, my bosses were bitches!
What question do you ask at interviews?
How did you keep the saboteurs at bay when you are working.
One thing you learned about your self?
I don’t have patience to deal with earthworms.
How do you keep your team motivated & engaged?
Food, Rich Indian Food gets your work done like magic.
How do you maintain work/life balance?
Never knew that existed !!!
A childhood memory that shaped something you do in your business today?
Remembering small tokens of kindness, and people will remember that.
Rapid Fire with Mayankraj-
What’s your favorite app?
The favorite fashion trend of all time?
Dior’s new look
Best fashion advice you’ve ever received?
Dress like you are stepping out of a movie
Trend you would like to see disappear forever?
Sweat pants and juicy couture!
It’s Your Best Friend’s Wedding, What Would You Be Wearing?
All black, I need to mourn the loss of one’s independence.
A celebrity you’d love to dress?
A Piece Of Advice For Grooms?
No embroidered Achkans, the tents will have lights already.
What are the wrong trousers?
Draped trousers , if you are dying to wear them , wear a skirt.
Your favorite style icon of all time?
Gregory Peck , Grace Princess Monaco, Gayatri Devi Of Jaipur