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Ritesh Kumar Studio is based in New Delhi, India. Here our team of masters, tailors, finishing supervisors, merchandisers, and designers, work together with a shared commitment to follow circular design practices. Products are developed using planet friendly resources, and with a zero-waste approach.

 

Our mindful fashion journey starts from the sourcing of materials. All our textiles are made with natural fibers, either pure cotton or silk, which deliver best breathability, and are easily biodegradable. We use natural materials for garment components too, like coconut shell buttons, pure cotton threads for surface ornamentation and for garment labels.

Local sourcing plays an important role in selecting our textiles. Most of the fabrics we use are Made in India, where infinite varieties of cotton and silk are available. All our collections incorporate hand woven textiles like khadi cottons, chanderi (hand woven cotton silk), wool, and raw silk, sourced across different states in India like West Bengal, Kashmir, and Madhya Pradesh.

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Hand made has been a focus since the beginning of our journey. We manufacture through a network of highly skilled Indian artisans with a quality rather than quantity approach. We value the originality of each garment as a result of the hand made process, where slight differences make every piece unique, elevating it into a one of a kind piece of art.

 

Our designs incorporate artisanal techniques like block printing, tie-die, hand painting, and hand embroidery, and reinterpret them into a contemporary and global aesthetic. This is not only our way to contribute to the revival of ancient Indian crafts, but also to make them accessible to a wider audience worldwide.

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Our garments are made to order to minimize excess stock. We encourage made to measure, which increases value and appeal to our customers. This slow fashion approach ensures that each style is created using high quality materials, with maximum durability and longevity in mind.

We aim at low carbon footprint not only during sourcing and manufacturing, but also on how we package our products and manage our waste. Name tags are made with paper and recycled felt, and we use second hand carton boxes for packaging. Off garment waste is further repurposed as fillers into capsule lines of home décor products.

Meraki is all we want to leave behind.

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