Cherry Cross spoke Ranji Kelekar, the designer behind the RANJI-GOA, as he prepares to showcase his SS15 collection for the very first time in Dubai, to find out more about the mysterious aura of the brand, inspiration for SS15 and future plans.

1. What’s your background and how did you get into fashion designing?

I am a self-taught designer. I learned to cut from an old seamstress who had studied at the Paris school of seamstresses back in the 1960s. I always loved the idea of dressing-up and was very interested in the way regular people put things together to create their distinct look.

Also, being a creative person, I always wanted to either make clothes or food. I got rejected by the catering school, so the only option left was to make clothes.

2. Tell us about your SS15 collection – inspiration, silhouette, fabrics, embellishments and price range?

My main inspiration is minimalistic design with an emphasis on colour — a neutral palette which is timeless. I have been inspired by the Pathan men who wear floor length shirts with wide pyjamas. So I have taken that as my main shallot and transformed it in feminine silhouette with floral slips and graphic pyjamas. The main fabrics of this collection are voiles, satins and cotton prints, which are detailed with tribal tie-details of running stitch and crochet flowers made by local women in Goa.


3. Do you currently stock in Dubai?

No I don’t stock in Dubai at the moment but I would love to, at a store that follows the same philosophy as mine.

4. What are your future plans and what can we expect next from Ranji?

I think I am in a good place right now and believe that the future would be similar, although I hope that my brand grows and becomes more recognisable. I have always believed in being backstage and let my clothes do the talking.

5. Rapid fire:

  • Would love to dress: Indian — Marielou Phillips, Head of Communication at Chanel-India, and International — Yayoi Kasama, a Japanese artist
  • Never want to dress: For me it’s a ‘never’ say ‘never’ world
  • Favourite colour: Navy Blue
  • 3 things you can’t live without: my philosophy, phone and spectacles
  • One thing no one (or very few people) knows about you: I am partially colour blind

Ranji’s collection will be available at Numaish exhibition, to be held at Al Murooj Rotana from April 24-25 2015.