We are on a rendezvous with New York based fashion designer Rishabh Manocha. An alumni of Parsons School of Design in New York City, and Central St. Martins in London, Manocha grew up in Gujarat in his early adolescence, and then on in the Middle-East. He attributes the tenets of his eponymous design studio to his intercultural learning and education.
“Reverence is a very important word to me. Not just because it evokes a sense of duty, but also of heritage, culture and celebration, “ he says when asked where his primary source of inspiration lies. Having worked for the likes of Nicki Minaj, GQ Magazine, John Varvatos, Vera Wang and countless others, Manocha found his niche in experimental bespoke menswear. “Learning is never ending, and today, I am fortunate that as I work in the real world, I have the ability to learn and expand my skills from beyond the confines of a fashion degree, “ he exclaims. Today, he is studying with master Savile Row tailor Rory Duffy alongside running a bespoke tailoring firm and freelancing for multiple design companies.
“I wear many hats, and sometimes it is daunting, but always rewarding” states Manocha on what a designer needs to do to break through the glass ceiling.
“My initial years in Gujarat taught me a great deal about the vibrancy of colour and the power of clothing,” claims Manocha. A lifelong admirer of Mahatma Gandhi’s sartorial choices, and his stoicism, the young Manocha left India with a strong vision of what it meant to belong a culture, a potent culture. “The Middle-east gave me the understanding of multicultural faiths, and how they ensue in people’s clothing choices. The body, form, functions and clothing conversation never felt more apparent,” ponders Manocha. Needless to say both St. Martins and Parsons gave him the ability to thoughtfully manifest and curate his convulsive inspirations. As his label soars greater heights, he remains undaunted in his endeavour to propagate the craft of British bespoke tailoring, far and beyond the confines of its origin.
“It is my vision to uplift people’s understanding of their everyday bodily practices, chief amongst them clothing. India’s strong yogic lineage of which I am a devout disciple instigates consciousness in both the material and spiritual realms. The tranquility of the inside must manifest in the finesse of the outside, “ he concludes.