Design Philosophy

The Label

A duo in the true sense, Rimple and Harpreet Narula founded their eponymous label in the year 2000, the same year that they tied the knot. They say marriage is the beginning of a lifelong partnership between two people, but in this case it was a coming together of their aesthetics, their passion for Indian couture — a beautiful ensemble of their creative sensibilities and entrepreneurial acumen that are perfectly complimenting. It’s not a coincidence that their label is a striking representation of the great Indian Wedding saga.

Harpreet with his flair for the art of occult, refined luxury and a passion to revive the bygone era combined with Rimple’s mastership in silhouettes and her fearless flamboyance amalgamates into an opulent, imperial fashion label which is the brand Rimple & Harpreet Narula.

Beginnings

Born to a family with an industrial background in Ludhiana, Punjab, Harpreet got a taste of the affluent lifestyle through his growing up years. He started his professional career with a degree in economics from Hindu College, Delhi University and it is here that he met Rimple, who at the time was studying Arts at Hansraj College, Delhi University. Rimple spent a part of her growing up years in Los Angeles, California after her parents migrated to the US. However, her heart belonged to India and it wasn’t long before she moved back. In the year 2000, they tied the knot and announced their brand by opening their first store by the name of ‘Kinkhwab’ in Ludhiana.

Their first collection gained initial kudos and became an instant hit with the socialites and the city’s elites. An overwhelming response and their combined strength made their business grow phenomenally, establishing the label as the destination for Indian Bridal Couture.

Expansion

In 2009, the Rimple & Harpreet Narula flagship store was opened at Defence Colony, New Delhi. A visit to this ostentatious store can leave one awestruck — with the adorned interiors, a larger than life, carved, Mughal motif, which is also the label’s logo and of course the grandeur of the collection exhibited. The second Rimple & Harpreet store ‘Kashmar’ was launched at 1 Qutub, Mehrauli, New Delhi in October ’10.

In addition to the two stores in Delhi and one each in Ludhiana and Chennai, the label has an exclusive collection at all Kimaya and Aza stores across the country, Simaya in Kolkata, Studio 8 and Aara Fashions in Dubai, Phulkari London as well as Sanskrit in Hong Kong.

Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection

Bon vivant Harpreet is a true connoisseur of historic art and design, collecting ancient textiles through his explorations across the globe and showcasing his appreciation of ‘baroque’ in his creations. Elegant long stitching, Mughal motifs and Jamavar (paisley) patterns adorn dreamy drapes of fine georgettes, sensual velvets, and luxurious brocades occasionally curtained by gauzy nets. While Rimple’s charming regalia lends a clean-cut arrogance to the silhouettes and an armor of embellishments such as Swarovski, gemstones brought from Jaipur, Kha-kha work (seed-pearl stitch) akin to the Parsi or Convent embroidery, Kasab or Tilla work, the age-old Zardozi (gold thread work) and the timeless Gota ensure there’s nothing under-stated about the label.


“The main ingredient of your wedding day, other than of course love, is the fact that it is the grandest day of your life. And we understand grand.”

- In Rimple’s own words
The ensembles are complimented by made-to-order, extravagant accessories designed by Rimple. Elaborate jewelry pieces set in antique gold-colored metals and embellished with Kundan, beads, crystals and other precious stones take shape in breathtakingly beautiful ethnic designs. Think Kamarbandhs (traditional belts), Bajubandhs (arm bands), Paizebs (anklets), state-of-the-art brooches, and dazzling hairpieces.

Rimple and Harpreet’s signature, the Convent or Parsi embroidery and Zardozi are featured extensively across their current collection in women’s and men’s wear. The collection showcases long-stitched jackets and capes worn over Lehengas for the women, and sleek, front-open capes for the men. Also, available on request are ‘Goddess’ gowns with Western cuts and drapes with complete Indian ‘karigari’ or craftsmanship and traditional threadwork.

Indulging with fashion is a voyage of self – discovery for these two self-taught designers!