Khubsoorat Collection: Mani Kohli
, the fashion entrepreneur extraordinaire, a name that signifies strength, determination, creativity and relentless passion for work.
Mani was born into affluence, the daughter of a British Raj officer father and mother from a wealthy business family.
As a girl she
moved in India´s most elite and fashionable social circles and had a passion for fashion creativity as well as academic study.
With no ready-made garments then available, helped by her
mother, for the fun of it, Mani
cut and created her
A head girl at school, she
then went on to secure a BA with Honours in Economics and Psychology.
Marriage bought Mani
to the UK in 1977 where she
started the business.
used to run her
wholesale mobile business out of her
car and used to drive the length and breadth of UK irrespective of the weather to take her
orders from women and deliver their clothes to them.
efforts paid off and she
grew strength to strength.
In 1985 she
first boutique called "Khubsoorat Collection
" in Green Street, East London.
earned the reputation of making any woman look beautiful almost by default.
No wonder her
ensembles have been worn by celebrities from the UK and Bollywood circle as the collection boasts of western orientation; Indian sensibilities.
• Mani Kohli
was the first to set-up an in-house production unit in India to create the Mani Kohli / Khubsoorat Collection
• Along with the wholesale of ethnic designer garments in the UK, Khubsoorat Collection
was one of the first fashion houses to have a designer based here to work with customers directly.
• One of the first fashion houses to introduce the concept of customising garments to client requirements.
• Attention to classic product quality and construction has been the key foundation of Mani Kohli's
This section is managed by her
sister, Rummy Khak.
• One of the first brands to bring the concept of choreographed fashion shows to the UK South Asian Fashion world. (Some of the most amazing couture catwalk pieces have been created by Mani
for catwalks in the past...e.g., the catsuit.)
• Mani Kohli
was one of the first UK Asian designers to collaborate with artists/Bollywood stars and cross over into the multi-cultural society.