Gayatri Thampi from Mumbai loves crisp, well-fit formal wear but having worked in the corporate field for more than five years, she was disappointed to not find the right options to nurture that love. And she also realised that several International brands make clothes that are meant only for western body sizes.
Understanding this problem, Gayatri came up with an idea to create a space where we get to customise our clothes. Not only formalwear but casual and Indian wear too. Her brand Gaia Bespoke is all about tailor-made, well-fit clothes for you and your body.
Having been in the corporate arena herself, Founder – Gayatri Thampi decided to give up a Brand Management career to follow her passion for Corporate Couture. What was originally an idea for her own wardrobe soon became the crux of her company and under which she launched her label ‘Funky Dory’ in August, 2016 and Gaia Bespoke now. With never-done-before apparel formats, she aspires to be a game changer in Women’s corporate wear. She added that Gaia Bespoke gives more options with clothing.
Gayatri said, Funky Dory was more fun with all the detachable accessories – like collars, shirt bibs, and cowls. As business started growing, in my interactions with customers I received inquiries for customised clothing as well. So, now along with funky accessories, we have tops, skirts, dresses, and also Indian wear.
Gaia Bespoke offers Custom Corporate Couture for women! We understand the struggle in finding the right clothes for office, that complement your personality and at the same time are fit for the occasion and keeps you comfortable through the day. So here is a humble attempt to change the way Corporate Women in India can now dress to work.
Gayatri believes in client relationships and retention and she said that “it’s more of building relations and focusing on customer retention” with Gaia Bespoke.
Our store is in Bandra where people can see the collection. They can then customise the fabric and pattern. You can also bring in your own design, either from the Internet or tell us what is in your imagination. We also have a website where you can use the feature DIY to design yourself.
When you click on our DIY category, you’ll get options for silhouettes, neckline, and sleeves, each of which will have 10-15 odd designs. You can pair the way you want and you’ll then get a 360-degree preview before you order. You can call our stylist to your home who will take the measurements. The option, for now, is only available for Mumbai.
Expansion in other cities is in the pipeline.
After the order is placed, we take 7-10 days to dispatch through courier. We deliver internationally as well. Talking about other cities where our stylists aren’t available, as long as you know your size rest of things can be discussed in email.
Not the one to follow the trend but there is one myth that I want to break in 2018 which is about colors. The barrier of a specific color to an occasion, like white not for the night and blue not for the day, needs to go now. Colors play a very pivotal role. So, if you’re going to a meeting, don’t stick to greys and blacks and try pop colors. It should be done stylishly of course.
On her Personal Style, Gayatri said “It’s winged eyeliner. That’s my statement style. Be it an Indian wear or western wear, dark, kohled eyes have been a part of me”.
Boardroom meeting filled with men
First – don’t dress like a man and be one of them. Look like a woman ’cause nothing is more powerful than that. Wear shift dress with jacket and play with colors like burgundy, pastels, and royal blue.
Be yourself and comfortable. Keep it classy and simple. I feel a garment should never speak louder than your words. Relax with a comfortable outfit and make your look playful with accessories.
Interview for manager position
A jacket for sure as it ups your game which also comes across as an effortless, serious look. The jacket is necessary for an interview.
Gayatri’s idea got seed funded
Mumbai-based startup accelerator ScaleMinds has selected five startups for its 100 day accelerator programme. The startups are provided with a Seed funding of $15K (INR 10 Lakhs) each in addition to business strategy consulting and business development support.
ScaleMinds is an early-stage, focused mentor-ship and business development driven accelerator for high-growth startups. It invited applications for the Summer batch 2017 in March 2017.
My advice would be that often with startups, the first thing we chase is money, which I did too. After having dealt with few investors I have learned that money is easy to get but to get the right investor is difficult.