DUBAI: Laykh is an exotic leather handbag brand known for its
bespoke customization details. The label was founded ten years ago
by its creative director Kashish Hemnani Gulati, who has been
visiting the Middle East for several years and who moved to Dubai
from Hong Kong a year ago.
The label takes its name from the word for â€œdestinyâ€ in
Sanskrit, the ancient language of India.
What makes the accessories brand so special is that Gulati is
meticulous about where she sources her exotic leathers from. A
Gucci-owned tannery in Italy is one of her primary sources.
Monika box clutches with malachite clasp. (Supplied)
Handcrafted in Hong Kong, many of the bags boast semi-precious
Gulati, who describes Laykh as an accessible luxury brand, keeps
her lines clean and classic using exotic python, ostrich and
Now that the designer is based in Dubai, the Middle
Eastâ€™s appreciation of luxe craftsmanship has had an influence on
her design sensibilities.
For Ramadan, Laykh is creating some very special clutches.
â€œWe are excited to be launching a new collection of crocodile
clutches adorned with semi-precious stone detailing,â€ the
designer told Arab News.
Meghan python snakeskin clutch with labradorite clasp.
â€œIn this city, your day can lead you from lunch to tea to
dinner, and our clutches are all the perfect size to accomodate
those transitions. They are large enough to hold all your
essentials and still small enough to be carried in the evenings,â€
she added, noting that the style of Amal Clooney, Raja Easa
Al-Gurg, and Queen Rania of Jordan have served as inspiration for
â€œThe women in this region carry themselves with grace, poise
and elegance and have a real sense of peace and confidence in their
appearance, which has fueled my creativity. I am excited to cater
to this incredible market,â€ Gulati said.
The brand has also created small leather goods that make for
perfect Eid gifts. Laykhâ€™s leather bracelets with gold-plated
clasps or initial-embossed credit card holders ensure that the
brand is working towards being zero-waste compliant.
Initial embossed credit card holders. (Supplied)
â€œIt is about purchasing a sense of value. When a product is
timeless enough in its lines and made of quality materials, it is a
closet staple for years,â€ notes Gulati.
Gulati is always on hand to answer customer queries and to see
how she can incorporate any special requests from shoppers into her
This personalized style of service has meant that many of her
clients have become brand advocates. Gulati regularly takes part in
trunk shows in the UAE and is always happy to meet and greet her
The designer believes that growth possibilities are endless and
is looking forward to being part of the Middle East fashion
â€œMy first runway show in Dubai was in 2010, and over the past
decade my clientele has continued to grow and support the brand,â€
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News
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