New Delhi, Aug 2 :
She is one of the rare names
in the Indian fashion fraternity
whose international presence and impact
are wider than at home. Now designer Ritu Beri
wants to spread her
wings by opening lifestyle boutiques to cater to everyone's needs under
"My dream is to open lifestyle stores all over the
world. I want to cater everything that a person needs - from clothes,
accessories to footwear, perfume and food. I want to start everything
under one roof," Beri told IANS in an interview.
She is currently meeting people to translate her dream into reality and says: "Hopefully, one day that's what I will be doing."
Beri has made a mark with her chic apparel.
showcasing at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week
to dressing up notable
international celebrities such as Bill Clinton, Prince Charles
, the designer's journey is a perfect representation of
Indian fashion's inroads into the worldwide fashion scenario.
Beri sells her creations through boutiques in France and Germany and a store in New Delhi. Any plans of entering retail tie-ups?
work is my passion and I do everything in a way that I actually enjoy
doing it. So I want to get into retail, but in a very organised way. For
me, the whole concept of retailing has to be done in a scientific
way," she said.
A graduate of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, the designer launched her label in India in 1990.
became the first Indian designer to present a show in Paris, where she
successfully launched her first luxe collection in 1998. Her gradual
success led her to be named by Time magazine among the People to Watch
in International Business.
Though the Indian fashion industry has
grown by several notches over the years, Beri believes there's still
time before "we can say our fashion world has come of age".
haven't made a place (internationally) yet. But we have definitely
worked hard enough and that's why we are being noticed. I agree people
are looking at India positively, but I think it is too premature to say
that we have made a mark in the international arena," she said.
now, the designer is back for business in India with a show at the
Lakme Fashion Week, which kickstarts in Mumbai Friday. She last
participated in the extravaganza in 2009 and has associated with Volvo
for her comeback show.
She blames her hectic work and travel schedules for the gap, but is glad she was available for the event this time.
who is married to businessman Bobby Chadha, is also mother to a
five-year-old girl. She says her daughter is already an aspiring
"The Indian fashion industry is growing manifold and
this is the reason why there are many kids who want to become designers.
My five-year-old already aspires to be one," she said.© IANS