JJ Valaya graduated from Chandigarh College with a degree in commerce. Following his graduation, he worked as a chartered accountant for eighteen months and then enrolled in NIFT Delhi in 1989 to study fashion design. Valaya trained under iconic Indian fashion designer, Rohit Khosla, before starting his eponymous label. With his elder brother Tribhavan Jit Singh, Valaya founded The House of Valaya in 1992 with the launch of its couture label. Valaya's creativity, design talent and vision combined with his brother's organisational skills are the key factors for the success of the luxury brand.
Few know that JJ Valaya enjoys being a part of the pioneering group of Indian fashion designers.. a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Fashion Design Council of India.. and the first brand ambassador for Swarovski. A journey that has earned him the title of the Czar of Indian Couture among fashion A-list. He is best described in the statement by the Maharani of Kapurthala during a visit to his atelier: "You are truly the future of the past." Yes, the designer draws his inspiration from the opulence of royalty, who form his regular clientele.
Valaya is acclaimed for his efforts to reive ancient Indian crafts through his collections. Per Vogue: '“As Indian fashion houses, it is our responsibility to nurture hand crafts and the karigars,” he says, explaining the process of reviving age-old techniques like the craft of mixed metal embroidery. Embedded with sequins, glass beads, gemstones, buttons and more—the form of embroidery has been a highlight of the house since the early 1990s.'
JJ Valaya's intricate use of metal sequins, beads and gemstones is iconic. "Perhaps one of our best known examples of this from our stable is the Emrooz border, which was first developed by us in the early ’90s and still regularly gets featured in our collections." He told Vogue. "The story behind this border—made of combining sequins and beads of various metals with gemstones and glass beads—is fascinating. It was developed as an all-new technique for a bespoke garment for a client in the back then, which then inspired an entire collection around it."
JJ Valaya is a firm believer of sustainability. Per Platform: "We have been practising sustainability since the time we began. We have clients who purchased our garments 25-26 years ago, coming back to us to get those garments altered in their daughters’ sizes. We have young girls now coming back with our garments that their mothers wore. This is the biggest test a brand can be proud of, the test of time and generations."
JJ Valaya soon diversified into luxury interiors with his own brand- Valaya Home. The brand was introduced in 1996 using the same approach that he has used to dress generations of women and men. This pioneering project in the luxury home sector saw for the very first time, a fashion house launch a dedicated Home label in India.
Per Brides Today: ‘"I have always wanted to take the brand into multiple experimental areas—lifestyle, luxury, interiors, and photography—all of which are my passions. For many decades, I have had a deep interest in interiors, and I finally got the opportunity to indulge in my ultimate passion by curating aesthetic spaces with an apparent, underlying signature Valaya ethos.."’
In 2003- when JJ Valaya launched his pret line- he was retailing fashion and lifestyle products under three brands: JJ Valaya, Studio Valaya and Valaya Home-Life, in which his first couture label, JJ Valaya, comprising his trousseau line, launched in 1993. Today the luxury fashion brand encompasses couture, ready-to-wear, home and a CSR prerogative, The Free Spirit Foundation. Per Pernia's Pop Up: “Beyond wedding couture JJ Valaya expands his creative expertise in art, home and lifestyle. Establishing his forte in hand crafted tapestries, the designer created luxury spaces specializing in furniture, art and home decor accessories.”
2012 marks twenty years of JJ Valaya's work in the fashion industry. The designer launched a limited edition financial year calendar in new Delhi. Valaya also introduced the 'Diasun', a pattern comprising two inverted 'V' and the sun motif from the JJ Valaya crest, which now comes on every garment produced by the label in some way or the other to curb plagiarism.
Today the fashion designer has around several hundred embroidery artisans and craftsmen working for him in his headquarters. He remains one of the biggest names in the bridal trousseau and haute couture segment in India, and was one of the first Indian labels to invest in sampling, research and development at their "House of Valaya" establishment at Manesar.
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Over the past three decades, JJ Valaya has been designing clothing for men and women. Today the luxury fashion brand encompasses couture, ready-to-wear, home and a CSR prerogative, The Free Spirit Foundation. The designer offers bridal, evening, day, and ready-to-wear collections. He is best known for lavishly using metal embroidery, gemstones, and beads in his creation. JJ Valaya sarees, dresses, skirt sets, lehenga, kurta sets for women, suit sets and jackets are for the contemporary woman. He also offers menswear with a wide range of sherwanis, embroidered kurtas, Nehru jacket sets, britches, bandhgala, jackets, kurtas, and shirts.
- Official website JJ Valaya
- "All My Collections Are Inspired By Travel" — JJ Valaya Travel Leisure
- JJ Valaya on his signature mixed metal embroidery Vogue
- How fashion designer JJ Valaya creates welcoming spaces Architectural Digest
- Instagram page of JJ Valaya Instagram
- JJ Valaya Unravels The Inspirations Behind His 'Baroda' Couture Collection Grazia
- JJ Valaya on building his maison and what inspires him to create Harpers Bazaar
- Living fabulously Verve
- Facebook page of JJ Valaya Facebook
- JJ Valaya on the Inspiration and Essence Behind His Luxury Interior Brand, Valaya Home Brides Today
- LinkedIn profile of JJ Valaya LinkedIn
- JJ Valaya FDCI
- Wiki page of JJ Valaya Wikipedia
- In Conversation With JJ Valaya Elle
- JJ Valaya Platform
- JJ Valaya's courtesans make a date with Dubai Emirates 24.7
- JJ Valaya Pernia's Pop-Up
- JJ Valaya Looks Back On 30 Years In The Fashion Industry Hello!
- Interview with JJ Valaya Vogue
- Twenty Years, Twelve Tales Indian Express
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