8 Women Entrepreneurs helped us to be more classy and fabulous
Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” This piece of advice from one of the world’s most famous fashion designers is as inspirational today as it was when she launched her first perfume in the 1920s.
We’re bringing you 8 Indian women who have changed our lives by inspiring us to be passionate, consistent and hardworking. These women bring us the hope that every girl in India has the potential to achieve whatever she wants to. Take a look.
Pooja Dhingra – Founder and Owner, Le 15 Patisserie
Pastry chef Pooja Dhingra started Mumbai’s popular Le 15 Patisserie chain when she ate her first macaroon. She now runs four Le 15 outlets in Mumbai and has major plans for business expansion across India and the world. According to her, the Indian audience has given her inspiration to create something new.
Chiki Sarkar – Founder, Juggernaut Books
Founder of India’s first smartphone publishing house, Juggernaut, Chiki Sarkar is a woman of substance. Having worked earlier at Bloomsbury Publishing and Penguin India, Chiki decided to establish her own startup that aims to bridge the gap between publishers and writers. Juggernaut comes with a reading app and some interesting projects, including Sunny Leone’s short stories, and William Dalrymple’s dive into the history of the Kohinoor diamond.
Anita Dongre – Founder, House of Anita Dongre
She is one fashion designer who has redefined style for Indian buyers. Dongre’s blend of Indian and western designs inspire people not only from India but from various parts of the world, including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton (who famously wore her dress during her India visit). Dongre plans to get into the handicraft market through her new venture, Grassroot.
Suchi Mukherjee – Founder and CEO, Limeroad
Having worked earlier for Skype, eBay, and other big companies, Suchi Mujherjee returned to India in 2011 only to create something of her own. She was often told that she must give up on her dreams. Rather than listening to what people said and talked, she focused on her ideas and created Limeroad, a fashion portal that uses social discovery to stand out from competitors, with features such as personalized stylist recommendations and scrapbooking to customize looks. She thus succeeded in changing the face of trade in the Indian subcontinent.
Falguni Nayar – Founder, Nykaa
She currently heads a beauty empire called Nykaa which is worth Rs. 200 crore. After doing extensive research on what women are interested in buying, Falguni used to look through every single product out of 1,20,000 products on the website. The company has received almost 250-crore turnover in a time span of five years. Fashion and beauty are what empowers a woman, and thus she built Nykaa from a small idea.
Shubhra Chadda – Co-founder, Chumbak
She wanted to be an entrepreneur; it was her passion for collecting different magnets that sparked the idea behind creating Chumbak. The unconventional and colorful design brand has 17 flagship stores across India, selling everything from clothes and accessories to home decor. Since 2009, there has been no looking back for her, Chumbak has now become a household name.
Mira Kulkarni – Founder and MD, Forest Essentials
While growing up in Rishikesh, Meera discovered her interest in Ayurveda at an early age. She later began researching about the effectiveness of traditional recipes and how they could be adapted for modern-day consumers. Forest Essentials focuses on making its products in the Himalayas, using local spring water and ingredients. Global cosmetics giant Estee Lauder bought a minority stake in Forest Essentials in 2008, an investment that helped the brand scale even further. Forest Essentials now has 48 stores in India, supplies to 190 hotels and exports to 120 countries.
Nina Lekhi – Founder, Baggit
This 50-year-old business woman began her journey by designing and selling bags when she was just a student at Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. The origin of Baggit dates back to 1990, which is now India’s most well-known handbag brand. Baggit focuses on making bags and other products without the usage of leather using recyclable and environment-friendly products.