Legacy bearer

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI - Con­tact:la­vanyanalli.com/lnhome.html by Shivani Arora

Amidst the rus­tle of saris and the throng of crowds is where Lavanya Nalli grew up. The grand daugh­ter of Nalli Kup­puswami Chetty, Lavanya is the fifth gen­er­a­tion of the Nalli fam­ily to step into the fam­ily busi­ness. How­ever she is the only wo­man from the fam­ily to en­ter the trade. Af­ter com­plet­ing her Bach­e­lors in Com­puter Sci­ence, she be­came the Pres­i­dent of the Nalli group of com­pa­nies in 2005. The con­tem­po­rary store Nalli Next was her per­sonal con­tri­bu­tion to the Nalli busi­ness group. “Nalli Next was a to­tally new ini­tia­tive,” says Lavanya. “Af­ter a lot of de­bat­ing and dis­cus­sion with my fam­ily about whether Nalli should get into the bou­tique con­cept, we started Nalli Next. It is based on a newer for­mat and has ex­panded across In­dia.”

FOR­WARD THINK­ING She’s cur­rently study­ing at Har­vard Univer­sity and work­ing with Mck­in­sey & Com­pany in Chicago to hone her busi­ness skills fur­ther. She in­tends to come back armed with ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence to take Nalli to the next step.

“I grew up in the iconic Nalli store so it was in­evitable that I fell in love with the

sa­rees and the trade”

LAVANYA NALLI, 26, Busi­ness­woman

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