Designer sister duo Tina (behind the table) and Nikita Sutradhar at their studio in Mumbai Image: Aditi Tailang
Tina Sutradhar 29 Nikita Sutradhar 27 Co-founders, Miuniku Category: Fashion
Winning the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Prize for Young Designers in May 2014 gave Tina (29) and Nikita (27) Sutradhar, the London College of fashion graduates, a headstart into the international fashion arena. Putting their newly-acquired skills to test, they had created a collection on the theme of ‘The Mundane Things’ by abstracting objects used in household chores. The collection won a special jury prize of €100,000, along with a one-year mentoring programme with Sophie Brocart, CEO, Jean Patou.
Earlier, in 2013, the girls had also received the Fashion Innovation Award at London College of Fashion and the ISKO Denim Diffusion Award. The prestigious awards helped the sisters launch their label Miuniku in late 2014, retailing out of stores worldwide, such as Le Bon Marché in Paris.
Previously sharing space with the world’s best labels at department stores and boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Paris, Riyadh, and Shanghai, their creations are now available through their website and Instagram account. The brand also started a consultancy in 2018, which offers production and design services to emerging designers.
Using wool, silks, cotton, satins, crepes and viscose, the sisters have designed six collections so far. The silhouettes are a mix of oversized for outerwear, and fitted for dresses and separates. Their cuts are minimal to allow them to experiment with colour blocking, using primary colours for accents.
Bandana Tewari, journalist and activist, has followed Miuniku’s journey, and says, “Sisters Nikita and Tina have a unique signature—geometry and structure of post-modernism that renders their designs relevant for women who are not trapped in the past. There is no unnecessary strut and pomp of glamour; instead a quiet celebration of women who march to their own beat.”