Jalan Sahba - Jalan Sahba

Finalist of the The Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design


2014 Finalist Jalan Sahba Jalan Sahba


What was your inspiration for this bag?
There should be a solid and sincere narrative behind each piece. It should resonate aesthetic maturity and compel. My last Limited Edition was influenced by the 6 years of my life in India: the vibrancy of its colours, its bold textures and the truth of its essence. I was undoubtedly swayed by India's visual culture. For instance, our signature shaped semi-precious stones, come from Udaipur and is carved by one of India's last remaining Royal jewelers.

What are the retail price-points of your line?
I innovate and experiment with new materials with every new collection. Most inspirations and materials were garnered and collected from the four continents I have lived and worked on. The last 5 years I have lived in Mozambique and most recently Kenya. I am presently learning from the Samburu and Maasai tribes about their merging of colours, intricate beading techniques and bold pattern making. All these inspirations will eventually inform new collections and hopefully do justice to what has inspired them in the first place.

Do you change your silhouettes and materials every season?
I have gleaned from many but have found my own distinct aesthetic voice.

What other handbag designers have inspired you?
For the impeccable authority of Italian hand-executed craftsmanship, the clean and pure silhouette and the marriage of materials. If the industry and its contributors named Jalan Sahba's very first pieces "one of the most splendid of 2013" then it is my sincere hope that the ODESSAH may find its place in this distinguished category.

What makes your line innovative and worthy of overall?

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