This is not the first time that architect and designer Pinakin Patel has made a shift in career. A graduate in chemistry, Pinakin found his love for creative discipline in the early 80’s which steered his life’s course into a totally different direction. After launching India’s first lifestyle store in 1984, it was in 1985 he started his own design practice Pinakin Patel Associates and by early 2005 launched his brand Pinakin- a complete furniture and home interior store.
Now, after spending 30 years in the field of architecture and interior designing, he launched a line of women’s wear called PINAKIN Occasion Wear, which he feels is another dimension of his professional aesthetics.
In conversation with Indianexpress.com, the designer talks about the shift and what keeps him motivated to design.
From architecture to fashion, your professional life’s being quite an interesting ride. What’s the reason behind the transitions and how did it happen?
To be honest, even though people call me a veteran, at heart I am still a student. I have moved from one discipline to another throughout my life. From furniture designer to interior designer and then to architecture. Learning new disciplines, consolidating it for the use of several others and then moving on is a part of me now. This time it’s fashion because it’s quicker and more in the moment than my other disciplines. Also, I believe that one is never too late to learn something new.
Will PINAKIN Occasion Wear be an extension of your architecture design aesthetics?
My aesthetic sense is my born and bred within me. This was applied to my initial work and will be naturally evident in the new one too.
Designing for spaces and designing for women, both are poles apart. What challenges did you face with your debut line?
Both homes and furniture are for the same person that wears clothes! If you understand and respect the functional need and emotional aspiration of that person, you can draw strength for a similar need. The biggest difference is that homes address collective needs of several people at one time while clothes work individually. One is made to last forever, while the other only for a season.
What can we expect in your debut collection?
Categorised under bridal wear, resort wear and ready-to-wear, my debut collection includes lehengas, saris, party dresses and kurtas in lush silk organzas, sumptuous tussar georgettes and airy chiffons.
Your architecture and space designing has its own USP, what will the USP for the fashion line be?
It is all about creating eclectic pieces that can be layered or paired for different occasions in different ways rather than one fixed set, sitting in your wardrobe.
Do you plan to place yourself in fashion weeks in the near future?
I have always worked hard in solitude. The rest is up to my loyal buyers, if time reflects the need, things will automatically take shape.
Where will we get to buy your clothes?
My collections are available offline at the Pinakin store (Mumbai) and exclusively online on Pernia’s Pop-up Shop.