The Designer series explores the minds of fashion creators and their journey to make a
the difference in their industry. We interview these business founders to understand the life lessons that mold them into who they are today. We also learn more about their company, their products or designs, how they are different from their competitors, and the problems that they are trying to solve for their customers. The information that these fashion designers provide to us helps inform other budding creators who are looking to make an impact in the fashion world. We all can take these lessons and apply them to our entrepreneurial fashion journey. We want to thank every creator who volunteered their time to participate in these interviews and share their knowledge with the community.
Great to meet you. Thank you for doing the interview. We want to know more about your journey, early struggles, success, and some wisdom that we can pass on to others who are interested in walking in your footsteps toward becoming a fashion designer. We know that being a creator, behind the scenes is not all glory and fame, but there are hard times too. We believe that others who are interested in being fashion designers can gain insight from other fashion founders like yourself. Again, we want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.
Let’s get this interview started!
Let us start off with some basic questions to learn more about who you are as a person.
PKG Lifestyle: Can you tell everyone your name, please?
Puja Pandey: My name is Puja Pandey.
PKG Lifestyle: Where did you go to school?
Puja Pandey: I did my schooling at National High School Girls Kolkata.
PKG Lifestyle: When did you start your business and what was the early investment?
Puja Pandey: I started my brand “LABEL PUJA PANDEY” in December’2019 and focusing on brand building and marketing we did invest a lot of time and effort apart from the monetary investments. Our main focus was to create new & unique designs
PKG Lifestyle: We all have designers who we look up to in our industry. These fashion creators help influence, shape, and drive our ambition to succeed. These entrepreneurs could be someone that we have worked with on a project or could be someone that we look up to from a distance. For example, Gianni Versace is a big inspiration to me not only because of his work in the brand but his outstanding contributions to society & industry.
PKG Lifestyle: Who would you consider to be a significant influence on you professionally and can you explain why?
Puja Pandey: Since my college days I have always admired the work of designers like Iris Van Harpen, Gianni Versace, Rahul Mishra, Manish Arora. Their skill and unique ideas never stop to amaze me. We are just fresher in front of them. Manish Arora has always been an inspiration to me. His love for Indian craftsmanship and choice of psychedelic color palette is something that has encouraged me to start a western garment line of my own.
Thank you for providing background on who you are as a person. I always find it fascinating to learn who a person is and their early life lessons. Let us move forward with the interview and discuss what you are doing now and how you are making a difference in your industry.
PKG Lifestyle: What is the name of your company?
Puja Pandey: The company’s name is ‘LABEL PUJA PANDEY” and we have another brand coming up i.e. NOMAD STORY a daughter brand of Label Puja Pandey.
PKG Lifestyle: Where is your company located?
Puja Pandey: My company is located in Kolkata.
PKG Lifestyle: What is your first fashion memory?
Puja Pandey: My first fashion memory is my college graduation fashion show.
PKG Lifestyle: How would you describe your brand aesthetics?
Puja Pandey: LABEL PUJA PANDEY is all about luxury ready-to-wear garments. As we know covid has affected our daily lives & consumer spending is no exception. So this year we came up with a new brand “NOMAD STORY” that offers high-quality fashionable T-shirts at the most reasonable price.
PKG Lifestyle: How can we shop your collections?
PKG Lifestyle: What do women and their bodies represent to you?
Puja Pandey: To me, being a woman means a lot of different things. Being a woman means being able to be powerful and assertive, yet kind at the same time. It means being compassionate and vulnerable. It means striving for our goals even in the face of the adversity we may encounter along the way. A large part of this is achieved through a strong female support system that encourages us to be our best selves. Women’s body in the same way as a work of art but in today’s world media influences our standard of beauty and fashion. But here at “NOMAD STORY” & “LABEL PUJA PANDEY” we are dismantling all body-gender-fashion based stereotypes.
PKG Lifestyle: As a designer, is it possible to create anything that you can imagine?
Puja Pandey: For a designer, imagination is the beginning of creation.
PKG Lifestyle: What aspects of the fashion industry would you like to change?
Puja Pandey: fashion for all body types should be the same, irrespective of der genders.
PKG Lifestyle: What do you aspire to be?
Puja Pandey: A big brand name in western couture.
Final question. We want to thank you for the interview. We have one last question to ask you about imparting some wisdom to future entrepreneurs.
PKG Lifestyle: What three tips would you give to other designers who are starting out on their journey?:
Puja Pandey: HARDWORK, CONSISTENCY, PATIENCE