Accidental Icon: Details Couture Sparkle
"H A N N A N is an honest expression of a timeless handcraft. With comfort and versatility at the helm of our philosophy, we aspire to portray the intricacies of Indian hand-embroidery in a modern light. A humble effort to show the world what modern India looks like, undefined by boundaries, unrestricted in thought.
We begin our journey with the sweatshirt."
There is no way I could possibly be more eloquent than the two charming, creative, gracious, generous and brilliant young duo that is behind the concept and design of HANNAN. The statement above captures the essence of their brand. If you read the stories on their website you will have the pleasure of reading beautiful prose and are invited into the process behind their unique garments and packaging. Their great respect for their master craftsperson is reflected in the name of the brand and his photo in their stories. I was powerfully moved when told that although this man has worked on garments for some of the most famous couture houses, until now he has always remained anonymous and has never been connected with the glorious work he has produced. That now has changed.
The two creatives behind HANNAN, Bhaavya Bhatnagar and Rishi Baweja, are "in-between people" like myself. Perhaps that was the draw when they emailed me to request a meeting when they came to New York this summer. They are neither young nor old, they are ancient and modern, they are complex but simple, humble but confident and subtle yet powerful. The sweatshirts can be worn by any gender. I already wanted to write about what they are designing and went to meet them even before they presented me with the gifts of a beautiful hand embroidered choker and this sweatshirt.
The brand decided to focus on one type of garment, the sweatshirt, and build from there. This evidences the wisdom of making sure you do one thing really well before you move to the next. I for one love something to look forward to and this brand will always deliver on that; making me endlessly excited about the future. The sweatshirt has a structure that stands up all around you and makes you feel tall and elegant. The embroidery is intricate and makes you shimmer. I would feel perfectly comfortable wearing it with a glorious skirt or wide palazzo pants to a formal function. I would also wear it with jeans.
So I paired the sweatshirt for this post with Rick Owen sandals, vintage gold tone earrings and a skirt by Peachoo + Krejberg.
How do you stay modern while appreciating the past?