Meet Reshma Chulani, a preschool and high school teacher whose love affair with fashion turned her into a member of Manila's coterie of lovely accessory designers. Having grown up in a family that owns and runs a successful garment business, Reshma has been exposed to the rudiments of designing and production since an early age. But while she graduated with a bachelor's degree in education and promptly pursued the teaching profession, fashion has always remained her fervent interest. So at the beginning of 2011, she launched Trousseau by Reshma, a bag and accessory line that features locally made minaudières and cuffs in materials sourced both locally and abroad.
Reshma's first collection is a sampling of her varied stylistic interests: there are boxy clutches made from shells and lace, and cuffs made from colorful stingray. "Since this is my first collection, everything around me inspired me," she tells us. "For a few months I went around with a little notebook taking down ideas I got from different objects and materials I saw in my day-to-day routine."
One of Reshma's points of pride in her line is that everything is handmade in the Philippines. She works with Filipino artisans who execute her designs in materials such as mother-of-pearl, black lip, and abalone. "I like things that are well-made and stand out, which I believe is what my collection is about." Be warned, though, that pieces are available in only small numbers, making the Trousseau by Reshma items that much more exclusive.
There's more to look forward to from this accessory design industry newcomer, who's currently hard at work on her next collection. "I will be working with more leathers like stingray and ostrich. I will be combining leather and shell in one bag," she reveals. "Also, you can watch out for more unique, geometric shapes for my hard bags and definitely more pop art colors."
Click on the photo gallery to see the pieces from Trousseau by Reshma, and jump to the next page to find out more about her.
Trousseau by Reshma is available in the Jun Escario Boutique in Greenbelt 5 and Cura V in PowerPlant Mall.