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September 28, 2015

Quick 14 with Prathoni Yengkhom and Jacky Laishram

Interviews by Wyanet Vaz. Photographs by Tejal Pandey (Mumbai), Manpreet Singh (Delhi), Selvaprakash L (Bengaluru), Devraj Chalia (Guwahati). Illustrations by Farzana Cooper. Conceptualised and Executed by Ashima Gupta. Styling by Priyanka Monga. Make-Up by Charmaine Rao for Guerlain; Hair by Sareena Acharya, Mallika Pirani, Harish Ratan Singh For L’oreal Professional (Mumbai)

For his fresh take on vintage. For his younger view on the classics

Hometown

Imphal, Manipur

So far
Debuted at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 with our label Poco & Jacky. Showcased our vintage hand technique collection featuring clever androgyny.

On your first show
Jacky Laishram (JL): We must admit losing our way on the ramp. In our defense, it was really dark and we were nervous.
Prathoni Yengkhom (PY): It happened so quickly and randomly that there wasn’t much time to plan things out.
We just went ahead and did whatever we had to do.

Favorite international designers
JL: Tom Ford, Halston, Damir Doma and Dior.
PY: Elie Saab, Jil Sander, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianfranco Ferre and Vivienne Westwood.

Favourite Indian designers
JL: Sailex, Kallol Dutta, Aneeth Arora, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
PY: Rimzim Dadu, Anand Bhushan, Josh Goraya, Lecoanet Hemant, Tarun Tahiliani.

Your idea of fashion
JL: Comfort, luxury and passion.
PY: Wear what you’re comfortable in; price tags or labels don’t matter.

Greatest challenge
JL: Executing designs the way we have imagined them and penned them down.
PY: Survival!

Latest splurge
JL: Is on its way!
PY: I’ve recently bought some books. I can read fiction all day, everyday!

Your favourite shopping destination
JL: Street shopping.
PY: All kinds of bookstores. I go pick out crockery and cutlery, or indulge in furniture shopping at the furniture market in Lajpat Nagar where I live. I love street shopping in Delhi.

Wardrobe staples
JL: Good fitting pants, printed shirts, kurtas and leather sandals.
PY: Sandals, plain t-shirts and wide trousers.

Three fashion essentials
JL: Comfortable clothes, confidence and a good perfume.
PY: A good perfume, clean clothes and a pleasant attitude.

Current obsession
JL: Being a well-known designer, and taking Indian designs to the international arena.
PY: I desperately want to own a type-writer, a vintage one, right now!

Motto in life
JL: Be original. Be myself.
PY: To not have any regrets.

Upcoming projects
JL and PY: Lots in the pipeline. We are hoping to dish out some stunning work in the near future.

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