About the Designer
Founded by Namrata Dudaney, Ahikoza is an Exotic Skins brand focused on women’s luxury accessories that prides itself on design and quality. The label is inspired by her global travels and cultural background, alongside her adoration for handbags and fine leathers.
After graduating with a Degree in Media & Communications, Namrata went on to enroll in the Melbourne School of Fashion in Australia. Her diploma in Fashion Business cemented her understanding of both design and business fundamentals of the fashion industry.
Together with 6 years of professional experience across the retail, marketing and PR industries, she decided to start her own Label: Ahikoza.
Namrata currently lives in the Island of the Gods: Bali, Indonesia. Her design aesthetic and artistry continually advances due to relaxed nature of the Island, and inspiration it provides.
With the evolution of Ahikoza over the last 3 years, the label has been worn by the top tier of Bollywood, and Hollywood alike. To name a few : Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Olivia Holt and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Kareena K. Khan was seen wearing our signature minaudiere in the 2018 Bollywood Block Buster - Veere Di Wedding. Additionally, a design collaboration with Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Fialho further cemented the label’s foothold.
The name 'Ahikoza' comes from the Sanskrit words Ahi and Koza. It means the cast of snakeskin. With Namrata's roots tied to India, she wanted a name that uniquely captured the core of the brand. Minimal treatment and hardware are used, keeping the primary focus on craftsmanship and premium quality of raw materials.
The label's signature aesthetic is exotics merged with geometrics. The bags are influenced by architectural installations, all intricately crafted to the millimeter. Each handbag of Ahikoza is unique, producing only select pieces of each design and color.
From personally sourcing materials to quality control, Namrata oversees every stage of production. The designer also works closely with the Artisans, who have been personally trained by her.
“With the launch of Ahikoza, we offer a select collection of unique handbag designs in beautiful, bold colors of Exotic Skins. Made by the 21st century woman, for 21st century women. Our designs have something to offer for everyone. The Ahikoza spirit is brought into everything we do, resulting in a streamlined collection of pieces that aim to become valued additions to your wardrobe. We hope you enjoy the product as much as we enjoyed making it for you”
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