Rajesh Pratap Singh is an artisanal brand with strong Indian roots and a modern handwriting. Since its inception in 1997 the brand is recognized for extensive design and textile innovation, a medley of technology and tradition. Rajesh’s work epitomizes simplicity, yet on closer look reveals his obsessive attention to detail. His reserve reflects in his styling which combines the modern with the traditional in a pure design aesthetic. His clothes have a global appeal yet remain passionately Indian. His experiments with traditional techniques while incorporating a modern language give an original soul to his works.
Rajesh is a recipient of several awards in recognition of his design and creativity. He was awarded the National Award in 2019 by the Government of India for “Outstanding contribution to Indian Fashion” and simplicity of design. GQ named him Man of the Year in 2018 for “Sustainable Fashion” and “Designer of the Year” in the first GQ Men of the Year Awards in India in September 2009. Newsweek June 2009 named Rajesh as one of India’s most talented and creative designers. Dec 2010 saw him receive the prestigious EDIDA award from Elle Décor. Rajesh’s Ajrak prints on linen as well as handloom weaves in Ikat are housed in the permanent textile and apparel archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and were part of the “Fabrics of India” Exhibit at the V&A.
Rajesh’s textile repertoire extends from experimenting with Ikat weaves, handloom indigos, chanderi and extensively Benares weaves. His textile unit in Neemrana Rajasthan is constantly working on new handloom weaves.
Internationally, Rajesh has been showcasing his collections in Paris. He has done catwalk shows in the past at the prestigious Paris Fashion Week and is represented internationally in various niche stores. Rajesh had also undertaken costume designing for the French Opera “Padmavati by Albert Roussel”. The opera was staged at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris as well as in Spoletto in Italy. He was the first Indian designer to be invited by VOGUE Italy to do a show at the Milano Unica in Milan City in 2011. Rajesh has been participating in the Pitti Uomo in Florence Italy and Tranoi in Paris, France for showcasing his collections.
In January 2013, Rajesh was appointed as first WOOLMARK Ambassador of India. June 2013 saw the Kingdom of Bhutan invite Rajesh to do a show with Bhutanese fabrics for the opening of the Royal Textile Museum and his creations are now permanently housed there. He has been collaborating with the Austrian company Lenzing for textile developments using the sustainable Tencel yarn.