When Manish Gupta from Benares (Varanasi – India) and Laurent Goldstein from Paris (France) launched RED HALO they wanted to blend their two cultures keeping the essence of their unique heritage using traditional handicrafts techniques with a contemporary vision of interior for an international scene.
Manish and Laurent share a similar background being both raised among colours, threads, fabrics, worldwide trends, high standards of quality and developing an open spirit and understanding of the requirements of a demanding clientele.
Manish is indeed coming from a well-known family established in the carpet industry since 1938 when his grandfather pioneered a business for the European market at the time when hand-made Aubusson tapestry was then in vogue. After studying designing in Mumbai he started working closely with Varanasi silk weavers and local embroiderers allowing him to master in handmade craftsmanship.
While Laurent’s grandfather created Cassandre, a prestigious Parisian fashion house in 1922, it also became quite obvious that after his studies of architecture he would carry on in the fashion industry. As a young designer he learned the secrets of High Fashion with Madame Carven and later became the designer of several other High Fashion and luxurious companies in Paris, London, Italy or Spain.
Since their paths crossed, the two designers gathered their skills in a four-handed work where each collection reflects the meeting of two cultures in a Indo-Western fusion.
RED HALO is based in Benaras (Varanasi), the sacred city standing along the holy waters of the Ganges which is also the oldest living city in the world and became a major step in the Grand Trunk Road as part of the Silk Route for centuries. This road played a significant role in the diffusion of ideas, dissemination of knowledge and technology, exchange of commodities and talents between East and West. To name a few, in the ancient times ladies in the Roman world were found of Banarasi fabrics, later famous fabrics of Provence called “les indiennes” started printing some sari designs on cotton and Marie-Antoinette in Versailles was also wearing damask weaved in Benares.
Therefore it might not be a sheer of luck if Manish and Laurent settled their studio and workshops in this city bearing an invaluable heritage which has become the framework of RED HALO. It is found throughout the handloom fabrics using emblematic designs with a modern twist in the colour combinations, the famous Lucknow chickan embroidery, the legendary Zardozi embroidery much appreciated by the Mughals or the popular Aari embroidery which provide endless style possibilities.
Fabrics and embroideries are manufactured in the company’s workshop respecting all ecological values. Products are thought with a luxury eye and with a particular emphasis on cut and fabric, aimed at a sophisticated clientele.
RED HALO started to show its first collection in 2002 in Paris, then exhibited for the first time in 2007 at “Maison & Objet”. Over the years the brand has continuously expanded its product and service range, gearing it to the requirements of its international clients such as Christian Dior, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Kenzo, Yves Delorme, Manuel Canovas, Nobilis or Le Bon Marché.