Nominated for the award: Fashion and Style
Company: MALIKA RAJANI
Position: Director and Creative Director
Biography: ABOUT MALIKA RAJANI Since early years Malika expressed an innate creative aptitude that carried her through her formative years. She refined these talents at the Parsons School of Design in New York, graduating in fashion design in 2008. In New York her work was presented at Lord & Taylor’s 2008 line debut. While at Parsons Malika had an opportunity to intern for design houses such as Khan Lucas, Ralph Lauren, Red Cat Group and John Varvatos. With relevant work experience and success under her belt. She then dove into her professional career as a outerwear designer in Canada. Fusing two loves of every woman, Fine Leather and elegant designs, Malika now proudly offers ready to wear outerwear products to its customers around the globe. About the brand: MALIKA RAJANI is an independent Canadian designer, creating clothing for the stylish modern woman. Malika’s designs are unconventional with a contemporary edge. The modern aesthetic makes each piece uniquely distinct, incorporating intricate and edgy details into each and every creation, along with her trademark leather. THREE CORE VALUES: QUALITY The key factor that cannot be compromised is quality, both in terms of fabric and timeless design. Malika jackets are handwoven by experienced artisans, and it takes a full day to weave one skin. We use the most supple lamb skin leather that can be worn year-round. The clothing is as beautifully made on the inside as the outside using a soft and durable lining. AFFORDABILITY High Quality, High Value. SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS We make an honest effort to collaborate with companies that abide by fair trade and labor practices, and support local artisans and designers. This past year we collaborated with an artisan group steeped in heritage from a small village in China which specializes in the art of hand crafted basket weaving. Through our collaboration we have been able to improve their quality of life while keeping this traditional practice alive.