Q&A with : Sanjay Garg, Fashion Designer and Founder of Raw Mango
Updated on: 22 Jun 2016
The whole of 85 Lansdowne bears the fragrance of a Durga Puja pandal. Sanjay Garg — the man behind design label Raw Mango — is busy at work, setting up Vana, his latest line of saris inspired by Indian plants, and summer garments, at the Sarat Bose Road fashion den for a preview on Thursday morning. "That's the dhoop. Sanjay's idea!" we overhear.
Rhododendron, bael, rose, cinnamon and columbines splashed on soft pastels and whites. Pristine. Simple. That's also Sanjay's design philosophy. "You cannot be a Madhubala today and a Jacqueline Kennedy tomorrow. I don't understand it! It is not style to me. You are trying to be everything today. But then these times are like a manthan, a churning. You cannot ignore this," says the Chhatarpur-based designer as he settles down for a chat with t2.
So, simple is beautiful for you?
Less is more! Absolutely. I think my woman makes her own decisions, is not bothered about trends and thinks she will influence society rather than be influenced by society. She is very aware. She knows what cotton means, what polyester means, the many layers of working ethics, the brand philosophy. She thinks she can change the world and actually does.
Anyone comes to mind?
Big business comes from the professional woman today, which is very interesting. Women are getting more and more independent.
Do you like the modern Indian woman?
I never say the 'modern Indian woman' because to me she was always modern. Independent, yes. There is a difference between modern and independent. She can do what she wants to. Earlier she had to get the approval for one lehnga from 10 people in the family. Now she earns herself. She has a voice. It's got nothing to do with being modern. It's got to do with her freedom of choice.