On a hot morning, we drove along a narrow street in the capital to meet a Woolmark winning designer, a rather suave personality with a hint of mischief in his eyes. Suket Dhir needs no introduction. Waiting for Suket to arrive we sat amidst, racks of his ensembles. From afar one might only see a row of neatly ironed bomber jackets, but as you step up to have a closer look you notice the fine prints of miniature paintings playing golf and riding segways, a representation of the modern day maharaja if we may, the element of surprise as Suket says.
We sat down with him to discuss his Woolmark journey and his fluid design creations. Edited excerpts from the interview...
What inspires you?
Everything inspires me. Beauty inspires me. I think my inspiration comes from my own past, present and future experiences. Being an instinctive individual, if something inspires me, I’ll start working on it.
As you said your past experiences inspire you, tell us something about your childhood.
I belong to a small town of Banga, Punjab. During the period of insurgency, we moved to Delhi. My childhood was pretty unique than my friends, who are from metropolitan cities. My grandfather was supposed to be the patriarch who everybody looked up to, but I knew a different side of him, for me he was a doting grandfather. He had a very distinct dressing style, his clothes were always white, spick and span, and crisply ironed. I think people back in the day were more sartorial, in that small town he adorned berets and bomber jackets.