The Zoe Report

Kate Middleton’s Favorite Designer Creates Stunning Handcrafted Pieces That Do Good

You may recognize designer Anita Dongre’s striking creations on celebrities like Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian West, but her collections are more than just a feast for the eyes. Hailing from India, Dongre is committed to reviving and sustaining the country’s craftsmanship and authentic textile techniques through lines of bespoke bridal, couture and the latest Grassroot label in particular. The Mumbai-born designer employs female artisans all over India for the eco-conscious collection to contribute their skills in lieu of outsourcing to factories—which means women are empowered with opportunities, less waste is produced and India’s craftsmanship is preserved.

India’s rich culture and heritage are apparent in Dongre’s handmade designs via vibrant colors and intricate patterns that immediately read as one-of-a-kind, organic and influenced by nature from the river to the mountains. We caught up with the design veteran (in the business for more than 20 years) to chat on how she’s bringing India to the forefront of the fashion industry in ways that are socially and environmentally conscious.

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