DESIGNING BRIDAL COUTURE w. SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA

Last week, the Pink Lotus team had the distinct pleasure of visiting the flagship shop of Shymal & Bhumika in Ahmedabad, India.  For those of you who may not be familiar, the process of designing a custom wedding dress is very common in India. With an abundance of gorgeous fabrics and human talent as a major resource, custom bridal wear is basically a “you name it we’ve got it” type scene here.  And while it’s awesome being able to select fabrics, colors and designs completely suited to your taste… if you end up working with a designer that doesn’t quite understand your needs and standards, the process can become quite overwhelming.

SHYMAL & BHUMIKA certainly set themselves apart through their professionalism and organized method of working. From the very start, their professionalism and communication was completely impressive. Emails were answered within hours, and ideas, sketches and inspirations were developed right from the get-go… thereby making the most use of our in-person meeting last week. Because nearly 80% of their clients reside overseas, SHYMAL & BHUMIKA have fine tuned a system that conveniently suits international clients. SHYMAL & BHUMIKA have spent the last several years aggressively touring and putting on runway shows outside of India, they’ve definitely picked up huge momentum.

So last week, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting Bhumika face-to-face, and seeing how their entire design process works from end to end. It was just a delightful experience.

When we arrived into the shop, there was an abundant display of designer pieces to choose from or use for inspiration.

And they also offered lookbooks upon lookbooks for ideas. These books were unbelievably organized by style and season!!

After soaking in the atmosphere, we met with Bhumika herself. OMG, she couldn’t have been more down to earth or sweeter. All smiles and willing to help to the utmost capability. “All we want is for our clients to be happy,” she said.

And after getting a better idea of our style and taste, Bhumika immediately started coming up with some mock ideas and sketches.

Every detail was marked to the T. Often times you hear of designers that promise you one thing and end up delivering another… but the precise documentation process at SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA leaves no doubt in my mind that what you want is what you’ll get.

Once we chatted with Bhumika and had some dress concepts in mind, then we moved down into their fabrics stockroom. There were reels upon reels of hand-woven fabrics to choose from.

An endless variety of colors, patterns, designs and more.  Talk about feeling like a kid in a candy store!!!

Over the last several years, I’ve come to India many many times and worked with designers of all levels… but the incredible impression of style, service and quality that SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA have left on me is something I’ll surely be talking about with all my South Asian brides who are looking to design a couture piece. They are currently touring the U.S., with runway shows coming to most major cities. Be sure to check out their U.S. Facebook page for lots more info. Happy Tuesday.

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