Manvi Gandotra : Designer and blogger wrapped into one!!
She ventured into fashion blogging only after having enriched herself with years of experience as a fashion designer, which itself speaks volumes of her capability and versatility. Having inherited a natural sense of fashion and style, since her family runs a boutique, she has lent a unique touch to her fashion blog with her creative styling ideas and photographic skills. Here is she sharing some of her fashion-related perceptions and stories with us :
1. Tell us something about yourself.
I’m Manvi, Marketing Manager by day and fashion writer by night. I am from Jammu and now I call Bangalore home. I write my blog Style Inked to engage with the modern working Indian woman about her fashion needs and dreams. I design clothes that are sold in boutiques and flea markets of Bangalore.
2. Did you always plan the inception of Style Inked, or did it happen purely by chance?
I've been advising my friends and families on fashion for a long time, my friends coaxed me to do something with my natural inclination to it. It took me the longest time to figure out blogging would be that balance between doing fashion full time or not doing it at all. And now I’m happy I started Style Inked considering how widely appreciated it is.
3. You've also been a fashion designer with years of experience. What does "fashion" and "style" mean to you?
I’ve designed clothes for pretty 20-somethings and elegant ladies well into their 60s. Fashion and style mean different things to different people at different points in their lives. To mean a style is a particular fashion trend come alive.
4.What are the things you keep in mind when blogging for Style Inked?
Be practical and pragmatic. I write for the working woman. I know there are limitations on time, money and mental bandwidth. My posts are concise and are immediately useful. No philosophical musings or obscure trends on fashion on Style Inked.
5.Being a fashion designer yourself, do you feel you have an edge over the other fashion bloggers?
I grew up in my mom’s boutique. I have a very personal and deep connection with fashion. Combine that with being a working woman and I understand what the reader is looking for. Both her constraints and aspirations. That is my edge.
6. Share with us one thing that you absolutely love about fashion blogging and one thing about it that puts you off.
Messages from readers! I love when readers rock an outfit I styled on Style Inked that they hadn't thought of or how a DIY inspired them.
Brands that think they can buy their way into my column. I don’t accept money, gifts, tokens of appreciation or anything else from anybody. Style Inked is powered by passion.
7.Where do you see your blog five years down the line?
As a column in the top fashion magazines.
8. Do you have a tip for our women readers, who might aspire to follow your footsteps?
If you have a passion that is different from your day job, take a small step towards it by doing something part time. You never know where that could lead.
9.What does woman empowerment mean to you?
It means giving women the tools they require to succeed. Tools could be better laws, scholarships or access to successful women mentors. Then watch women empower themselves.
10. Are you glad to be a woman?
Visit Manvi's blog at: http://www.styleinked.com