Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra recount the life-changing moment when they came together to pursue one dream
Over the years that they’ve worked together to carve a niche for themselves in the fashion industry, designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra have shared many moments of joy and challenges. But they say that there are certain memories that will remain etched in their minds forever. These incidents have not just helped them strengthen their bond as siblings and business partners, but also helped them evolve.
The one big moment in their lives that they will cherish forever is when they decided to quit their respective jobs in the US and come together to start their own fashion venture. “For us, that was life-changing. And we always remember that moment, especially when we plan to do something different, celebrate some achievement or face any challenge. Years ago, both of us, despite being from diverse fields, decided to quit our careers, come to India and begin our entrepreneurial journey in fashion. We believed in each other, we believed in our ideas and designs and that we would together form a strong team. We gave up on everything we had to pursue our dreams in the fashion industry just because we believed in ourselves,” says Shantanu.
Nikhil adds that it was their trust and faith in each other, in their ideas and philosophy that helped them take such a big step. “Looking back, that was the best decision of our lives. It not only gave us a new direction, but also helped us
form a strong bond and team together,” adds Nikhil.
The last one-and-a-half years amid the pandemic has posed different challenges for fashion enterprises and in these times, the brothers kept themselves motivated by recounting how their journey began. “We often think about the time when we started everything from scratch and managed to give shape to our dreams. That keeps us motivated. We tell ourselves if we could do that then, we definitely can overcome these challenges now,” says Shantanu.