She wanted to become a fashion designer back in 10th grade. Instead she studied Economics and then became a shoe designer. The designer aspirations didn’t work out too well but her love for fashion and shoes remained, finally finding expression in Zumbasa.com.
Richa Gupta started her fashion website at the age of 25 (then under the name Du Couture, which eventually became Zumbasa), after completing an Entrepreneurship MBA course from NTU in Singapore.
Trying to find a footing in the big industry of women’s fashion, styling, apparel and accessories, Zumbasa focuses on bringing niche overseas brands to India, allowing women to dress up in their personal style rather than aping designer labels and by keeping customer needs in mind by reaching out to each one of them to ensure the right fit.
When she’s not brainstorming over the next collection to showcase, she loves traveling. One secret that most people don’t get to when they first meet Richa is that she’s a huge introvert. But today she’s shedding some of that and letting me raid her closet for style secrets, kicking off a new series on the blog ‘Closet Diaries’.
Your fashion icon(s) and what do you like most about their style
I don’t have any fashion icons as such, because each person has an individual style and sense of fashion. But if I really had to name someone it would be Audrey Hepburn.
Your style mantra
My style mantra is comfortable and classy! Jeans, Top, Flip flops for the mall or a Midi fitted dress with short heels for a night out.
The biggest fashion faux pas according to you
What may suit me might not suit you and vice versa. Just wear what you want, whatever your heart pleases and never think about what’s right or wrong fashion wise. You make your own fashion and style.
Your favourite colour/print/patterns for this season
Pastels! Baby Blues, Mint Greens, Peaches and Pinks. Print wise I’m all for florals right now!
A designer you would love to be dressed by
Elie Saab. I’m quite jealous of Sonam Kapoor in this regard!
3 things every wardrobe should have
Reliable pair of jeans that have lasted you or will for years
A knee length or midi dress
A fashion accessory you never leave home without
My bag and my nude lipstick. I feel incomplete without them.
You would pair Blue Suede Shoes with
Medium blue jeans and a white button down shirt.
If you had to burn all your clothes but one, it would be
This is what nightmares are made of! I would save my favourite pair of J-brand jeans.
Your wildest style experiment yet
This one really had me thinking hard and realising I’m a very boring person when it comes to fashion. But my wildest experiment has been with a short pair of shorts and a whole lot of people looking at me at the mall!