GAIA Bespoke, a one-stop destination for women’s tailor-made Western wear, today made an announcement for its recent round of funding from Angel Investor Sanjib Jha, Lead Advisor at SIDBI/World Bank and former founding CEO of IntelleGrow. With Sanjib Jha as an Investor and Strategic Advisor, the brand will strengthen its operations followed by planned expansion to other cities.
Founded by Gayatri Thampi, GAIA Bespoke a fashion startup helps solve day to day challenges of modern day woman to dress the way she wants with one simple solution – Made to Measure Clothing! The online collection of 1000 plus templates of tops, dresses, jackets, trousers, skirts, gowns and much more along with a unique DIY designing tool helps customers self-design their garments as per their preference with a “Made to Fit” clothing option. GAIA Bespoke has their offline retail foot-print in Bandra, Mumbai where customers enjoy the personalized guidance of trained designers. The brand also arranges home visits by their stylists to ensure a comfortable customer experience.
Last year the brand raised a round of seed funding through Fundtonic, an angel network of investors, following which the brand launched its first store in Mumbai. With the recent round of investment, the brand plans to focus on adding new features to its online store while expanding the product portfolio for the upcoming season.
Commenting on the development, Gayatri Thampi, Founder, GAIA Bespoke, says “Bespoke Menswear in India has already picked up a few years ago and is becoming the norm in men’s fashion. Looking at the same, it’s an obvious requirement for women as well. Women’s Indian/Ethnic wear has always been Bespoke ranging from famous couturiers to neighborhood tailors. It’s about time we recognized the need for affordable Tailor Made Women’s Western Wear and we have done just that.”
She adds, “Bespoke clothing is typically tagged as “designer clothing” which is not affordable by most and hence becomes a special occasion purchase. We are trying to make it affordable and a habit by tailoring everything ranging from evening gowns to a pair of simple black pants. With the recent investments, we will be working towards enhancing consumer experience furthermore and plan to expand our services and products to other cities across India in the near future”
Investor Sanjib Jha says, “GAIA Bespoke aims to create clothing that would empower and inspire women to feel beautiful and manifest their style and personality with grace and confidence. With the recent demand for experiential clothing in the Indian market, we are sure that GAIA will very soon be disrupting the Indian Western Wear segment with its distinctive offerings.”