24 hours with TARUN TAHIL­IANI 4 20

Harper's Bazaar (India) - - BAZAAR STYLE -

If I haven’t gone out the night be­fore, I’m usu­ally up be­tween 5:45-6:00 a.m. I’ve re­struc­tured my life so that I can get to my stu­dio (in Gur­gaon, on the out­skirts of Delhi) by 8:30 a.m., oth­er­wise I get stuck in traf­fic. So I have to be in my car by half past seven. This makes my morn­ings very packed. I like to start my kriyas (yo­gic ex­er­cises) within three min­utes of wak­ing up. I learnt th­ese at the Isha Ashram in Coim­bat­ore, and they’ve given me fo­cus and en­ergy. I’ve got­ten ad­dicted to them and I think it’s good to have a good ad­dic­tion. I also have a yoga in­struc­tor com­ing in a cou­ple of times a week. When he’s there, I do 20 surya na­maskars. I have to be in the shower by this time. I have a sort of valet to help me get ready; he lays out my clothes and takes my books and files to the car. Then I have th­ese juice shots, you know? Wheat­grass, aloe vera, flaxseed, amla. I gen­er­ally wear all black to work. When you’re sur­rounded by colour and prints all day long, you tend to dress sim­ply. Black jeans by Levi’s, though I try to fit into Diesel but I can’t, and a black M&S T-shirt. I have 45 of th­ese in my walk-in wardrobe. I live in three pairs of Tod’s shoes, but for the last few weeks, I’ve been wear­ing th­ese Porsche De­sign sneak­ers as they have springs built into the heels, which are great for support be­cause I have a foot prob­lem. I dress purely for com­fort, and to look two ki­los lighter than heav­ier. I’m in the car and I use the time to check my mails. I plan so I can leave the fac­tory by 5:00 p.m. lat­est, be­cause very of­ten, I go to the cou­ture stu­dio af­ter­wards.

I’m usu­ally the first or the sec­ond per­son on the de­sign floor. This is when I have break­fast, which is two green ro­tis with a bowl of sprouts and a pa­neer bhu­jia, all of which comes from home. All my meals are leftovers from my var­i­ous di­ets that worked very well for a time but dis­in­te­grated some­where along the line. So I’ve got this ran­dom cock­tail of di­ets for my meals, from five or eight dif­fer­ent di­eti­cians. Then I have a cup of cof­fee. The first meet­ing of the day is usu­ally for cou­ture. I have about 24 de­sign as­sis­tants—four or five head dif­fer­ent de­part­ments, with about five oth­ers work­ing un­der them. I see swatches, ap­prove de­signs, over­see or­ders. As the company has grown, I think it’s very im­por­tant that I look at cou­ture or­ders per­son­ally. I am wor­ried that some­times things that aren’t com­pletely sat­is­fac­tory can go out to the client. So this is the open hour where any prob­lems can be brought to me. This goes on till 10:30 a.m., but if we’re work­ing on a new col­lec­tion, the meet­ings go longer.

By now it’s time for another cof­fee. I like to have the morn­ings free for pure de­sign work. De­pend­ing on the day, I meet the dif­fer­ent de­sign teams. Right now, we’re pre­par­ing for the show in Oc­to­ber, which we’re do­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with London-based artists The Singh Twins. There are days when we’re just look­ing at toiles, or a day when we have

a fit model com­ing in.

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