Stepping into Rungolee’s brick-and-mortar storefront, which opened this month on Clayton Road, is like joining designer and founder Anjali Kamra on one of her trendy hunts around the world. . Cultures collide in a dazzling display of sartorial art. The brand celebrates its 13th year in 2021, and in its latest evolution, customers can get closer to coveted designs.
“I visit art galleries and florists in every city I go,” says Kamra. “I get so much inspiration from my travels. The souks of Morocco, the flea markets of Paris, Portobello Road in London.
“We took a trip just before [the start of] the pandemic in Amsterdam. They have two rows of stores all of which are independently owned, small labels. There is so much inspiration there.
When travel ceased, Kamra procured photographs of her world explorations, as well as introspection, to inspire her latest collections.
“I found these beautiful photos of the Majorelle Garden [in Marrakech, Morocco], a trip to Paris and one of my favorite cities – Jaipur in India ”, details Kamra. “I combined these influences in my last collection. This collection, called “pick up the pieces”, is inspired by everything that is small and unique, and by [artist Henri] Matisse’s “Cutouts”.
Rungolee is deeply rooted in the heritage of Kamra’s homeland, India, where, according to the website, her aunt Swaran operated a fashion house in Mumbai, creating clothes for several of India’s famous movie stars. Abroad, his aunt remains involved in the brand’s operations.