The fantasy maker
“I can’t do the very simple. I don’t believe in them and if I don’t believe in them I can’t do them,” he says, when we meet him at his 10,000 sq ft store at The Gallery on MG in Delhi. With a focus on making the label which he set up with brother TJ Singh a brand, the label has evolved with the sharp minded focus of a formal business, albeit with an aesthetic base that has its own deep pocketed takers.
Graduating out of NIFT in 1991, it took just a year for him to set up his label. With clothes unabashedly heavy duty in terms of embellishment, couture has always been the mainstay of Valaya and his brand, a majority of his business, as he admits. “However, I believe in prt a lot. And at this point of time I really am keen that the look should be worn by a lot many more people.” However, prt, he says, is a different kind of logistics.
“Even though a lot of prt designers exist in India it’s very important to get a critical number, a critical mass, to be able to get the numbers of prt,” he says, “because prt only makes money if you sell in volume, unlike couture which is high value, low volume.” A long way to go before corporate association with designers happens. “A Louis Vuitton was just a trunk maker in just a small shop. A Jimmy Choo was a little shoemaker in East London. All these became great brands when a huge corporate came in and took it on a business scale replica louis vuitton handbags ,” Valaya points out.
Surprisingly, much before fashion happened, Valaya was training to be a chartered account; he articled with a chartered accountant for a year and a half before he decided that wasn’t something he’d like doing.
“If you lead a life without following your heart’s calling you’ve already lost the plot. I was very clear then. The way I work is, I can be very patient, I can be very logical about things, but if something my heart believes is not falling into sync I am also capable of taking a very strong decision and going a completely different way, which is what I did when I went into fashion. And thank God I took that decision!” he ponders.
He also happened to see up close the legendary Rohit Khosla at work. “I was the first and only trainee,” Valaya emphasises. “After me, Rohit kept a lot of assistants who worked with him on a monthly salary and all, but as a trainee I was his only one, and we had some great times. I truly believe he was the father of Indian fashion. The thing with him was, he had an effortless sense of style. People nowadays try too hard, that’s not required.”
Tired of plagiarism and imitations flooding the market, Valaya introduced the ‘Diasun’, a pattern comprising two inverted ‘V’ and the sun motif from the JJ Valaya crest, which now comes on every garment produced by the label in some way or the other. It’s a huge issue in design, per se. To beat that we created a signature pattern. So if somebody else tries to copy it and puts out a fake, I can take them to court because it’s a registered pattern. Those high quality replica handbags china are the little things that we have managed to achieve quite efficiently We work six to eight months every season to create a look. For those 20 minutes of a show we work that long, and then to see somebody else going Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica and knocking it off blatantly, it’s painful.”
Over the years, some lessons came with aaa replica designer handbags painful experience too. “One of my biggest mistakes was to try and get into ready to wear in a big way without keeping the volumes in mind,” Valaya recalls. (While the Indian ready to wear label, Quantum, was launched in 2006, Valaya Base, the international ready to wear label launched in 2008.) “We couldn’t achieve the numbers due to the limited stores. That was a lesson we learnt the hard way and now we’re much better prepared and all set to expand dramatically.”
Through everything, he says, constant remained the belief in a larger than life picture. “I believe that the reality is the clothes, which one really has to buy and wear. But the projection of fashion is fantasy louis vuitton look alike bags , and one has to take it to that level. It has to be grand, it has to be big. I can’t have these little minimalistic sort of situations,” he smiles.
In an illustrious career in fashion, moments that stand out are from before the big success set in. Valaya recalls receiving the Prix ‘D’ Incitation at a young international designers’ competition in Paris, when he was still at NIFT (joining which he says was another landmark). “NIFT, of course, sent their delegate to get the trophy, not me,” he grins.
Then there was his first commercial collection, a total washout. “I was the award winning student who came out of NIFT, so I was like, ‘Yeah, piece of cake, I’m going to make a collection and everybody is going to lap it up.’ Nothing sold. Not one piece. I’m like ‘Oh my God! This is terrible’. But I got my wits about it, understood what the market wanted and moved forward. And it just sort of kicked in after that”
Of course, there would have had to be Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags some reconciliation with market forces. “There are some diktats in fashion. But, fortunately, I enjoy those diktats. My work gives me the freedom to do what I want and I think that replica louis vuitton way I’m very fortunate, because it really means I’m never working. I suppose market norms are as important as is the madness of being innovative. The two together create a sort of buzz For me, the most important thing is the creation of a brand. Today I’m 44, but someday I’ll be much older and then the brand must go on.”
For him, fashion’s been there and will be, but the past few years Valaya has been turning his attention to an older love photography. He remembers bartering something he owned for a friend’s camera in his pre NIFT days, soon turning into the “in house family photographer”. He carried it to NIFT, where he shot his classmates’ portraits. Then, fashion took over. Though around 10 years ago he gradually started clicking his own campaign images, the hobby has become more serious now. He’s had his own photography show, and has his images published as a book, “Decoded Paradox”. Valaya calls photography his “arena of fearlessness”.
“It’s where I don’t care a damn, it’s where I 1:1 replica handbags will do what I want. You like it, you hate it, it’s your opinion; it doesn’t matter to me,” he says.
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