Fashion & Style is something we all crave for. Especially the woman. In this Glamorous world, we all want to look different from each other and more special especially on parties, festivals and special occasions.
Clothing is something which we all had always been passionate for, a perfectly fit, style outfit can add stars to your glamor & looks. Cloths are something which can make us look wild, raunchy, sophisticated as well as professional.
Cloths are the mirror of our moods and its a mirror of our personality. The way we dress up reflects our mind.
Meet Prachi Jadhav from Prachi Designs, A young diva, a happily married and a mother of a sweet daughter who understood the importance of clothing line and a perfect fit and style.
Prachi Designs is based out of Mumbai, The venture came out after a break from her corporate life after the birth of her daughter. One day, prachi was really upset and annoyed by the fitting of a local tailor and thought to give it a try in styling and fitting herself, Being more motivated by her husband she designed her very own first dress for herself for a occasion which was appreciated by everyone at the family function, that was the day, prachi never looked back.
Together with her better half she started prachi designs to give the same style & fitting in all sort of dresses to woman.
Lets catch her up and read more insights about her journey in her venture Prachi Designs.
1.What is the Name of Your Venture?
Prachi Designs – Designed for customised fit. Loved for unique style.
2.Who is your target Audience?
Every women of substance who love to wear a well fit and structured outfit at a reasonable price.
3.Where is your venture based ( city, state, country) & What are your target areas?
My venture is based at Mumbai, Maharashtra ,India. My target areas are mainly in the city & India.
Also targeting international locations Canada, Kuwait , Australia and so on. Mainly Indians have been migrated at international location.
4.What problems does your venture solve? What are your products or services.
Our venture makes unique and quality apparels for women. We customize it as per customers choice be it size, pattern or fabric which solves most of the women’s problem.
It reflects my likes and my sensibilities. As far as fabrics are concerned, I use more of silk, tussars,net, satin, georgette silk and chiffon — basically fabrics that drape well as per different body sizes and personality.
My products : Kurti, Kurta, Anarkali, Lehenga, Gown and western wear too (Customised)
Bridal trousseau is my key product. We offer tailoring & styling services overall in Mumbai.
5.Share the idea or story behind the venture. How did it come to an existence?
I had taken a break from my corporate life post birth of my daughter.
This break plus motivation from my husband, family and friends transformed me into an entrepreneur. Fashion has always been my weakness and strength as well.
I was very unhappy with the local tailors, so I thought why not learn stitching and their concepts. So few months later I had worn a kurti designed myself at a family function. I was appreciated. I realized I have some potential to experiment with designs and patterns. I shared this idea with my spouse.
So we together started an online store of high quality fabric women wear at affordable price range.
The perfect opportunity I grabbed was my sister’s wedding. The entire bridal trousseau was created by me solely and it was a hit. Appreciation flooded. And the rest is history.
6. How did you identify your co-founder?
My co-founder is my better half.
7.What expansion plans are you looking for the next 2 years, next 5 years?
We have already flaunted our brand in India and overseas as well.
I am planning to open my FIRST couture store in Mumbai very soon. I definitely want to expand and would love to be in all major metros in India very soon. Now that I have unleashed the designer in me, I’m eager as hell to try my hand at Indian menswear.
I strongly feel that I should do designing & styling for Marathi television.
8. Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?
I answered in my previous question (laughs)
9.Have you raised any funding? Or have any plans for the funding?
10.What were the problems you faced during the starting days and how did you resolve them?
Sourcing of raw material because we wanted that to align to our concept and mission.
Financing of course for all start-ups – careful marketing and promotion plans on social platform were made, investments were made at baby steps.
I have enjoyed my journey. We have had our ups and downs. After all it’s a learning phase till you leave this universe.
11.Are you married, single or in a relationship?
12.What are your hobbies? What do you do in your non-work time?
Listening to music, dancing and socialising.
Non-work time includes me time, spending time with family / friends.
Most important my daughter.
Sketching is also one of the part of my non-work time. Fashion, clothes and designs are my passion. They are in my work and non-work time too…
13.Whats your Favorited food & holiday destination?
Homemade food specially cooked by mom is my Favorite. Mexican, Chinese and Moghulai followed by a chocolate dessert undoubtedly
Holiday destination – Any place where I can relax and have fun too.
14.Whom do you consider your idol or biggest motivator?
My Family and Almighty ofcourse.
15.What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?
It is a matter of choice and decisions, comfort and preference. You must believe in yourself and be determined to get things done everyday.
One thing I can tell you for sure is that you will have challenges, maybe sooner than expected. You must keep the faith! It is not easy running your own business, that is why not everyone can do it, be strong.
Both are hardworking and focused.
16.If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Mother Teresa had perfectly said, “Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow has not yet come, we have only Today, let us begin”. So I will also follow the same in both my personal and professional life and I want to just keep going and growing,
17.How has being an entrepreneur affected your family & Social life?
Both motherhood and entrepreneurship have deeply enriched my life. Although each requires sacrifices, you can ease the pain by prioritizing and carefully planning your time.
I have very few friends who are understanding and supportive. They ask for discounts and free stuffs (laughs). But they are gems of my life. I don’t get much time but on every monthly weekend I make sure that I spend time with them.
18.Anything, you would like to say to our readers or upcoming entrepreneurs?
Believe in yourself and success will be yours whether now or later. Success is not the goal here actually.
19.Tell us something about your education & family background.
I have done my Masters in Commerce from the Mumbai University and Certificate course in Fashion Designing. I started my career as banker, embarking my journey from bank to insurance industry.
My mom is a home maker and father looks after his shops, they are my pillars and inspiration.
My in laws are my moral support, lucky to have them. My better half is my motivator, a senior level fund accountant in a reputed company. There is another junior in my life my daughter who inspires me right since her birth.
20.What is your USP which makes it unique & different from other start-ups in similar domains.
The USP is it is very reasonably priced. I design for women who are elegant but not extravagant, who are muted yet glamorous. The idea is to create a classic look, which is timeless and elegant at the same time. I make sure that it’s well cut, well stitched, and well structured. Long story made short my business is quality based.
21.Please share complete name, address, phone number, email id & website of Your Business & Contact Person