The first-of-its-kind in the country, this fellowship is a unique programme led by The ReFashion Hub and YWater. It provides a platform to young apparel, footwear, and accessory designers where they can think about the impact that current models of the fashion industry have on water. It’ll encourage them to look at building their careers with a focus on environmental sustainability, particularly water stewardship. At every stage, we intend to keep the planet at the heart of the conversation and approach traditional business models with creativity, dynamism and experimentation.
At the end of the five week long three modules programme, each fellow will conceptualise a capsule collection, across textile, footwear or accessories, that incorporates the principles of sustainability and water stewardship and present it to a panel of judges. The winner will be awarded ₹1 lakh to bring their sustainable capsule collection to life.
What the modules cover
The need for mainstreaming sustainable fashion
How to embrace a more sustainable approach in design and production
Planning for the future with sustainable fashion business models
What the fellows will learn
Develop a holistic understanding of sustainable fashion
Learn an alternative approach to the creative and business process of establishing an ethical fashion label
Enrich and expand their professional skill-set through virtual learning sessions, live studio visits and expert interactions
Meet the Judges
Nonita has three decades of experience in print and television media including as the Editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR India (2016-2020) and ELLE India before that.
Parmesh, Vice President at Godrej Industries Ltd., is the founder of the Godrej India Culture Lab which encourages cultural dialogue and experiments.
A fashion and textile graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Akshay is a celebrity fashion stylist and Bollywood costume designer.
Tina Tahiliani Parikh
As the Executive Director of Ensemble, a multi-brand store set up by Tarun Tahiliani and his wife, Tina has helped the store expand its footprint across Mumbai and Delhi.
A London College of Fashion (LCF) alumnus who has worked with top global fashion houses, Nimish has been the Creative Director of Bhaane since 2018.
Meet the Mentors
A trained apparel designer and design manager, Kriti has worked in the global apparel industry for more than 10 years.
As a stylist and design consultant with over 20 years of work experience, Ekta has worked closely with various Indian publications, celebrities, designers, brands and retailers.
Karishma Shahani Khan
A Pune based fashion designer, Karishma launched ‘KaSha’ in 2011. Inspired by Indian crafts, aesthetics and colours, KaSha works predominantly with Indian fabrics like cotton silk.
Dr. Farshid Pahlevani
Dr. Farshid is an internationally acclaimed award-winning scientist and engineer who was selected as Australian’s most innovative engineer in 2020.
Oshin Doshi Jain
Director at DC Apparel, Oshin is passionate about fashion and sustainability especially with regards to the industry’s water consumption habits.
Madhavi is a Delhi based textile designer who currently works in Product Development and Material R&D for H&M Home.
Neha heads the Hemp Fabric Lab at the Bombay Hemp Company Pvt. Ltd. and is the founder of SOOT that seeks to convert soot into non-toxic dye.
Having worked with individual artisans, NGOs, and designers like Abraham and Thakore, Krittika has her own brand that studies traditional techniques, designs, and then implements them into contemporary product lines.
A fashion designer and an innovative entrepreneur, Rixi co-founded - Attic (2008) and Quirk Box (2011) brands. Currently, she’s a Partner/Designer at Half Full.
Arundhati, a self-taught designer, is the founder and the creative force behind the sustainable accessories brand, Beej.
An award-winning textile designer, Riddhi is the founder of Studio Medium, a Delhi-based apparel and home textile design studio.
Radhika is a fashion brand strategy and marketing advisor. Her Radhika Dhawan Consultancy focuses on strategic marketing in the fashion, lifestyle and luxury space.
Yash is the Founder, Managing Director and Product Designer at printOmake 3D Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (P3SPL) where he seeks to merge consumer design science with new-age digital fabrication.
Meet the curators
Founder of Ywater, Rushva is a Sustainability Coach with a background in the diverse fields of fashion, wellness, health & non-profit (water & sanitation).
A jewellery designer, Radhika is also a design thinker with Hunger Inc (Bombay Sweet Shop/O Pedro/Bombay Canteen).