The Deepa Gurnani brand was conceived in the dreams and passions of husband and wife Deepa and Jay Lakhani.
While studying fashion at London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Deepa beaded couture pieces for Alexander McQueen, Emanuel Ungaro, Fendi and Marjan Pejoski. Working closely with these designers not only enabled Deepa to understand couture standards of quality and finish, but also compelled her to experiment with new and unusual beading and embroidery techniques. Combining this experience with her own distinct style and sensibility, inspired her to create her own line.
Jay Lakhani, a Jewelry Designer, started his training at the Fashion Institute of Technology NYC and progressed to work with some of the finest names in the fine jewelry industry. He trained under head designers from Tiffany and Bvlgari, where he refined his eye for detail and luxury. In addition to his love of fine jewelry, Jay was always drawn to fashion. He dreamed of combining the art of fine jewelry with fashion accessories, to create easy-to-wear works of art. He noticed a trend for black and basic-silhouettes in the marketplace, which he saw as blank canvasses for exquisite embroidered accessories.
After their marriage in 2005, the two designers collaborated and launched their label, Deepa Gurnani. The duo combined their talents to create a line of unique and distinctive embroidered accessories, which continues to amaze, and inspire fans, season after season. Their first line was launched at Henri Bendel’s, NYC in November 2006 and subsequently sold in various stores across the globe.
In 2016, Deepa Gurnani launched two separate ranges to satisfy the needs of our global customers. Deepa Gurnani remains a luxury brand, focused on limited edition trend-led capsule collections, made with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. The second brand, Deepa by Deepa Gurnani, is a more accessible collection, with beautiful and easy-to-wear pieces for all occasions.