Kanchan Kulkarni-Founder KARA

Kanchan Kulkarni, a fashion designer, mother of two and philanthropist, is the woman behind Kara. Born in Mumbai but bred in Dubai, Kulkarni’s first time designing a capsule collection of shirts was in 2013, and in a short span of time the brand has already been featured in high-profile shows in the GCC, India, London, Milan and the US. Kulkarni takes a hand-on approach to her line and is involved all the way though, from designing to manufacturing. She sketches out her designs and buys the fabric and the accessories locally. Her team then create samples from these gathered resources and when the design is approved, it is added to the Kara boutique. Kulkarni has been awarded the Society Icons and the Savvy Woman’s award applauding her great innovations and contribution to the fashion world, as well as her personal achievements, including the Kara Foundation, a not-for-profit fund that uses Kulkarni’s own income to support health and education programmes for underprivileged children in India