Designer Sanchita Ajjampur has truly made her presence felt at the heart of the global fashion map. Last month, Italian President, Sergio Mattarella conferred upon her the honour of the Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy.
The prestigious Ordine della Stella d’Italia or The Order of the Star of Italy, is the second highest civilian honour of Italy, instituted by the Italian government in 1947. Today, it recognizes individuals who have been instrumental in “preservation and promotion of national prestige abroad”.
Sanchita was felicitated for this achievement at an elegant soiree hosted by Mr. Ugo Ciarlatani, Italian Consul General and his wife, Vanessa, at their home in Mumbai. A relaxed affair on the terrace, friends and well-wishers arrived to congratulate and celebrated with the internationally acclaimed designer.
Guests mingled while they tucked into exquisite Italian delicacies and wines. Those who attended the evening’s festivities included S.Raghunandhan, Nonita Kalra, Bandana Tewari, Ekta Rajani, Colston Julien, Parmesh Shahani, Nisha Jhangiani, Vinod Advani and Sangeeta Wadhwani, among others.
Mumbai-born, Sanchita was raised in Vienna, Austria and educated in the UK and Paris, France, followed by a Master’s Degree in Fashion & Technology from Domus Academy, Milan. After that, she worked with iconic Italian brands such as Romeo Gigli, Moschino and Gucci under the creative direction of Tom Ford.
In her two-decade career, she has consulted for brands such as Etro, Missoni, Marni in Italy, in addition to luxury fashion houses such as Lanvin (Paris) and Alexander McQueen. Sanchita was Chairperson of the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce (IICCI)for several years and is currently a Board Member to help facilitate business and cultural links between the two nations.
On this significant milestone in her career, Sanchita Ajjampur said,“I am delighted, privileged and humbled to receive this prestigious accolade from Italy, a country that I have embraced, where I found love, family, a home and the place that has helped me discover myself.
Italy has been a land of bountiful and stunning craftsmanship and learning for me in my career and I am truly appreciative of this honour. I feel as though my career has come full-circle and returned to where I first started, which really gives me a great sense of pride!”
The designer, who shuttles between Bengaluru, Milan, Paris and London, recently launched her eponymous label of footwear and ready-to-wear apparel, currently retailing at Harvey Nichols (UK), Saks Fifth Avenue, Intermix (US), On Peddar (Hong Kong) and Galeries Lafayette (Beijing).