We have all heard of bikers’chic, replete with rugged leather, links, and tough love. We have here a home grown brand which adds in the bespoke touch to leather goods, all handcrafted, customised and super luxe to even the lining. Meet The V Renaissance’s range of leather products and learn more about them from Harsheen K Arora,
Creative Director at TVR
The V Renaissance, bespoke art and luxury studio based out of New Delhi, showcased their couture leather collection in association with Indian Motor cycle at a fashion gala at The Indian Luxury Expo 2015 at DLF Emporio, New Delhi. The fashion show was a perfect blend of finesse and machismo that exuberated class and panache at every level. The models on the Indian Motorcycles sashayed on the ramp sporting classy leather jackets by The V Renaissance. The collection consisting of trench coats, leather jackets, biker jackets and helmets were showcased on the red carpet that kept the audience riveted.
The V Renaissance studio is an amalgamation of all things creative and inspired, be it framed, or in furniture, in accessories or art, in pocket squares or new-age leather helmets. Designed, directed and created by a team led by Vipul Amar and Harsheen K. Arora, The V renaissance products are expressions of their patrons’ true self, crafted with care that signifies a truly luxe brand. Their leather creations, be it jackets or bags, are tailor-made and open to customisation varying from design, size, colour, length, leather, trimmings, belt, collar, pocket, button and lining. Attention to detail is the guiding principle which ensures that each final piece is created after the dummy prototype is also a perfect one. Every crease, seam, fold is put right in place on genuine leather of your choice before the piece gets the stamp of approval. Such meticulous approach only betters the quality of grade one, full grained imported leather which is used in their leather line which fashionistas and bikers swear by.
We have here Harsheen Arora, psychologist and Creative Director at TVR, sharing wish us some insights on TVR leather goods, what all sets them apart and how best you can team them to up the style quotient.
How are your leather jackets created? What is their life cycle and what sets them apart from other bespoke leather brands?
The four step process to creating a one-off The V Renaissance leather jacket:
Inspiration | Vipul (artist) and Harsheen (psychologist) meet with the client and understand their needs, wants and personality. We start sketching.
Define | Once the sketches are defined and each little piece has been given its dimension, we start making the mock in Leatherite.
Resources | Once the mock is finalized we work on bringing together all the resources like the leather, accessories, embossing dyes and more.
Work | Once every detail of the jacket has been worked out we craft the final piece at The V Renaissance Atelier.
At The V Renaissance the personal sessions with the client are the most crucial. Here with Harsheen’s expertise as a psychologist, we make sure that the minutest details of the jackets reflect exactly who the client is and what s/he wants.
What are the details that the consumer looks for in your leather jackets? What sort of detailing works best?
As we are a bespoke brand each client will look for details based on their needs. For instance, if we are designing a jacket for a biker/rider their needs and detailing will vary from someone who needs to make a fashion statement.
To give you some examples – we have had clients personalize the lining of their jacket with a photograph of who they are and their passions. We plan a photo-shoot with the client where Vipul shoots them while Harsheen speaks to them and brings out their true self in front of the camera.
There have been clients who want to customize their pockets for different articles they like to carry with them – lighter, pen, lip-gloss, phone and the like.Then there is the embossing of initials, names, tattoos.
We believe that every individual is unique and we try to do justice to their uniqueness while designing a jacket for them.
Which are the most expensive leather jackets in your collection?
The ready to buy collection ranges from fifty thousand to two lakh rupees.
The Rugged No. 5 is for One Lakh Forty Seven Thousand only. The leather used to make this jacket is imported from Italy and then especially treated with natural ingredients at The V Renaissance. The special feature of this leather is that it will change colour where it stretches and then goes back to the original. The more you wear it the better it gets.
How does one identify the traits that signify handmade leather goods of finest quality?
The quality and the kind of leather used, the stitching of the product, the accessories used, the design elements and the detailing of the product contribute to its quality quotient.
Tell us more about your range of bespoke leather goods for the trendy bikers?
Our Leatherhead collection is especially designed for the bikers. Here we have customized leather bags keeping the needs of a biker in mind.
Then there are the customized leather helmets. We have a ready to buy range or the biker can pick a helmet, give us their old one, show us their bike, we understand their biker personality and personalize their helmet with leather keeping all things in mind.
What are the accessories that go well with leather jackets for those who want to dress it up?
The kind of leather jacket and the occasion both will define the kind of accessories that can be used to dress it up.
For a rugged jacket one may accessorize using watches, wrist bands, boots, belt, junk jewelry.
For a classy formal look one may accessorize with scarves, hats, formal shoes, or high heels, fine jewelry.