Right here in my own backyard resides a gem of designer, my friend and entrepreneur Namrita Chettiar. I met Namrita last fall at a networking event for local women entrepreneurs and we hit if off right away. Over coffee one morning, Namrita invited me to stop by her studio to browse her collection of dresses and preview her next collection…well, you know what my answer was! Each of Namrita’s designs are special and unique – from a design, fit, quality and fabrication standpoint. AND her designs are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Do you love her already? You can read all about her story, inspiration, fabrics and mission on her website www.NamritaChettier.com (HERE). And while you are there browsing her gorgeous designs, consider signing up for her Journal to receive updates and get 15% off your first purchase along with updates on new styles and availability. You can also follow her journey as I do on Instagram @NamritaChettiar (HERE).
A graduate of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, Namrita is San Franciscan in spirit, global at heart, and Indian in her roots. Her global design sensibility, a culturally rich inheritance & a strong design background has led to the rebirth of “Namrita Chettiar” Label – A sustainable Luxury Brand.
Her couture bridal-wear and special occasion line was favored among San Francisco bay area elites. Rooted in Indian couture, her line brought breath of Fresh air to the time honored traditional techniques from the artisans of India! ‘Timeless Modern Classics’ is what she has been known for.
With the launch of her new Sustainably luxury Brand, Namrita wants to be accessible to todays Global woman; Cosmopolitan, Eclectic, discerning in Quality, Style and attuned to sustainable practices in Fashion.
Sustainable Luxury is how she defines her new Collection. Contemporary silhouettes crossed with beautiful Cottons and Silks sourced sustainably & ethically from world over, enabling local artisans around the world, empowered by women, and manufactured locally in San Francisco.
Namrita Chettiar Label has come to represent her spirit.
About Today’s Dress
You know I love the look and versatility of a shirt dress. So when Namrita generously offered me the opportunity to select a dress from her collection to share with all of you here on AskSuzanneBell.com, the Gema seemed like a natural choice. A shirt dress with a twist, I’ve worn the Gema dress so many ways – differently day-to-day. I’ve dressed her up with nude wedges as well as down with white sneakers. Today I opted for a pair of ankle wrap sandals (later in the day I switched into my gold slides). Come fall, dark brown boots and a denim jacket would be an effortless pairing.
I love unique designs and fabric, and each of Namrita’s designs are full of little details you won’t see everywhere else. Today’s shirt dress is 100% Hand-block Printed using natural dyes and Handwoven Kalamkari. New to the term Handwoven Kalamkari? Namrita explains the history, process and sustainability of all her fabrics on her website (HERE). If you look closely you’ll see the most unique buttons and piping along the hemline of my dress. The attached belt can be adjusted and worn up or down depending on where the band hits your waist. MADE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
A big thank you to Namrita for today’s dress! As always, all opinions and reviews are my own. Read more on the Gema Dress (HERE).
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