The House of Badnore invites you down memory boulevard
A congregation of utterly beautiful collectibles inspired by the era of the Raj, House of Badnore reflects the cordon bleu taste of its founder Archana Kumari Singh
A heritage driven brand, House of Badnore is the newest addition to the landscape of indigenous luxury that reflects the gracious history of regal design. A congregation of utterly beautiful collectibles inspired by the era of the Raj, House of Badnore reflects the cordon bleu taste of its founder Archana Kumari Singh. She is not just to a legacy born but also carries with her an experience of bringing brands with history alive.
House of Badnore skillfully bridges the gap between taste and affordability, crafting a collection that is possibly every young design lovers first delectable acquisition. House of Badnore dresses not just your home but also revs up your fashion quotient with the most stunning range of accessories for men and travel jewellery, stoles and shawls for women. And, this Diwali Archana adds to the array a truly vintage-inspired line of chiffons that bring back the regal era.
Born into the culture rich state of Pratapgarh in Avadh and married into the family of Badnore in Rajasthan, Archana Kumari Singh designs products that symbolize the rich past. Having spent a great part of her life promoting silver-smithing of heritage value with Frazer and Haws, Archana is also a writer (She was the Editor of the Gems and Jewelry magazine), a sharp entrepreneur and a design addict who understands gems and precious metals. Backed by this reservoir of skill and experience she forays into creating what she calls a ‘past forward’ brand.
Near ethereal collectibles, fashion knick-knacks, travel jewels and art objects, House of Badnore resonates with Archana’s rich family legacy dating many centuries. A legacy where, “The clash of swords, blood, sweat and tears in the tough terrain was juxtaposed with a life of refinement lived within palaces. Where Rao Jaimal ji’s heroic bravado and Mira Bai’s divine ardor co- existed.”
The polo memorabilia, the shikaar, the birds found in miniature art, the Maharaja’s horse, his favorite Cecil Beaton portrait in a carved silver frame!!! All these and more are inspirations she recreates into gift-able memorabilia. Each piece is packaged in the most stylish box with the Badnore seal.
While the inspiration is one, the interpretations are many: From buttons embellished with precious stones, to embroidered stoles with falcon motifs, photo frames polished with silver, silk kerchiefs matched with enameled cuff links, each of these ‘one-off gifts’ are made for those with taste. “Indians love gifting. Especially at weddings and I find that is my main market. “
This festive season she adds travel jewels andan exquisite range of stylish sarees, chic and contemporary. The Badnore saris are reminiscent of the past. Vintage borders, woven by hand attached to reminiscent of the chiffons imported for the Maharani from the mills of Manchester in the Raj era. Or the exquisitely embroidered saris that have sumptuous motifs of the rose spread all across them.