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THE
BRAND

VAISHALI S, an eponymous brand, is borne out of designer Vaishali Shadangule’s genuine affection and passion for the classic Indian weaves. Working with authentic woven textiles, perennially telling a culturally-rich tale about the country’s heritage, the brand has endeavoured to lend the Indian handloom weave a global design language of expression since March 2001.

We’re all about celebrating the exquisite handloom weave. And there is at least one in each of the 29 states of the country!

FOUNDER &
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Vaishali Shadangule draws inspiration from her ability to observe and listen, allowing her designs to speak for themselves. Born in the small town of Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, Vaishali realised her passion at a very young age and has been experimenting with hand-woven textiles and designs for almost two decades now. A creative powerhouse, the designer also extends her work with textiles to art and design. Relying on the honesty and authenticity of her designs to do the talking, Vaishali is an enigma to her Indian as well as international patrons

Vaishali’s intervention ranges from working with the weavers at the loom directly on the fabric composition by exploring and enhancing the qualities of textile to bringing design changes with modern aesthetics. This personalisation on the construction level hones and enhances the craft at a generic, holistic level

DIRECTOR &
ADVISOR

Alessandro Giuliani, Managing Director, postgraduated from Bocconi University in Italy with a thesis on the Italian fashion designers in 1987 started a fast career in Luxury Marketing with L’Oreal and CT Couture in Paris for 3 years, followed by Head of Marketing for Ermenegildo Zegna in Barcelona and Italy. He founded the first Promotional Company ever in Italy, and the first Financial Marketing company in Italy and in India. Alessandro has extensively traded in textiles between China, India and Europe. He also sits on the Board of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in Italy and of the Indo Italian Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai. After advising Italian companies wanting to establish in India, he then promoted and launched Wonderchef, a joint venture with Sanjeev Kapoor, the Indian celebrity chef. He has promoted and launched SDA Bocconi Asia Center, the world’s only offshore presence of 117 years old Università Bocconi (world’s 8th business university by FT rankings), and has been acting as the Managing Director of SDA Bocconi AC, Mumbai since its inception in 2012.

PRINCIPAL
ADVISOR

Our principal advisor, William F. Detwiler, has more than 25 years of law, finance, and investing experience. He started his career at PriceWaterhouse, and after law school, he was an M&A attorney. In 2003, he co-founded a merchant banking firm, Watch Hill Partners, which was eventually acquired by FBR Capital Markets. As a merchant banker, Bill advised and invested across the consumer and other industry sectors, generating returns in excess of 3x invested capital. After successfully selling Watch Hill, Bill became the Chief Investment Officer of United Safety Ltd., a global provider of industrial safety services and equipment to many of the world’s largest energy companies. Bill developed and executed a global strategic growth