Shivan Bhatia and Narresh Kukreja are the first and so far the only beach wears designers in India. Both are alumni of National Institute of Fashion Technology, where they met and combined their creativities to form an invincible team for the designing competitions. Their efforts earned them a scholarship in 2006 after winning Mittelmoda International Beachwear award in Bali. During their studies in Italy they were introduced to 2.0 bonding technique of Lycra, which holds inner wears together, without strap support and stitching. The duo immediately started using this technique to create innovative designs in beachwear and this led the foundation of first and only swimwear brand of India ‘Shivan and Narresh’.
Surviving and prospering in the market of India, where swimsuits and resort wears do not belong to the mainframe contour fashion market is a challenge, which Shivan and Narresh confronted and excelled. They took the fashion pundits by surprise when they introduced their innovative Bikini Sarees. Their concept of making bathing suits wearable in India and modifying them to suit Indian women’s body type is unique and has earned them a lot of recognition in the world of fashion. Adding saree like trail to a bikini has added the contradicting grace to an otherwise revealing outfit, thus making it easy for women of every shape and size to fit in and rock the beach. Easily ensemble able with trousers and sarees, Shivan and Narresh beach wears are all set to transit from beach to bar wears within the duration of a minute.
Shivan and Narresh cater two entirely distinct markets of India and the West. Indian markets demands modest beachwear and the exact contradicting swimwear in the western markets. Understanding the perception of Indian consumers, Shivan and Narresh ensures a commendable customer support by availing customised modifications in existent designs and stylist consultations. Retailing through a franchise system, Shivan and Naresh outlets at boutique hotels like – Maya Tangalle Sri Lanka, The Leela Kempinski Goa, Taj Lands End Mumbai and soon the designeres will be opening their first standalone retail outlet at Marbela beach Goa.
Shivan and Narresh creations are marked out by the use of bright hues, striped maillots and subtle drapes in beach wear designs. Their signature Bikini sarees are in vogue these days and many actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Maliaka Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu have been seen dazzling in them on the red carpets. Their global clientele includes Nicki Minaj, Dita Von Tesse, Fergie, Padma Lakshmi and Selita Banks.
Shivan and Narresh presented a unique collection at Wills Fashion Week 2015. Their designs were elegant and the usual designs of beach wears were modified by additional elements like capes and fringed dresses. The duo presented an eclectic collection of bikini, triknis, beach dresses and maillots. The most impressive designs featuring exquisite cut out sections and straps. Shivan and Narresh 2014 summer collection featured cut out sleek gowns and bold knee length dresses which were later adorned by actress Lisa Haydon and Priyanka Chopra, making their dresses a cool alternative to the conventional cocktail dresses.