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May 08, 2017

Meet The Team Behind Nicobar

Text by Wyanet Vaz and Tanisha Choudhury

Spearheaded by Simran Lal, we look at her team of creative professionals who inject design into everyday living

Divya Kapoor – Design head (travel)

Divya spent four years in the city of London, studying display design at London College of Communication and University of the Arts London. Following this, she also worked at Cath Kidston, Selfridges, The Pier and Moyses Stevens. Her journey led her to Good Earth, where for five years she worked as an interior stylist and visual merchandiser at Mumbai’s Raghuvanshi Mills. And now moving to product design, her journeys across Mumbai, Pune, Panchgani, London and New Delhi inspire a travel story that is reflected at Nicobar.

What does your job as the design head of travel entail?
I get to make sure that people are happy when they travel! My team and I work on creating clothes and essentials that are specific to travel — comfortable and stylish with little details that are helpful during your journey. We believe that there is a bag for everything and organised travel is our motto.

What are your inspirations?
We are inspired by wanderlust, by a tropical mindset that is relaxed, it is what we want to infuse in our everyday. Some of our designs come from dreaming – the safari I am still dying to go to! We put together a collection of clothes and accessories that had it all…the khaki poplin pants that you would wear while in the forest, a cotton silk shirt for a drink by the campfire. India will always be a great inspiration and the tiger will always feature in our designs. One of my personal favourites is a tote bag that has a tiger on the moon with a sky full of stars.

How do you interpret this through your designs?
The world really! We are talking travel so the canvas is huge but it’s lovely to find the connect and join the dots back to India. Sometimes our inspirations come from nostalgia, from memory of things that make us smile. The design team loves dogs and poker, and we found a way to bring that to life in our scarves. It’s a real joy to be able to do this!

Your favourite travel destination…
I don’t have a favourite destination but every time I go somewhere I come back enriched and hungry for more! I bring back a piece of it back with me. I am a collector and I am curious.

What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I love that I have been part of this since day one. Seeing how your inspiration board comes to life and becomes a three-dimensional product that you can take home is so exciting. I love that I have been able to create and actually see our customers enjoy our products.

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