Recently, I learnt about Little Things Studio, a New Delhi based design label creating clothing with a contemporary aesthetic.
All of their pieces are hand crafted with unique stories about the culture and countries of the people behind them.
I was lucky enough to interview Ankita Srivastava, the founder of Little Things Studio on her vision, best pieces of advice, and relaxing after a day of work.
Grab a cuppa and sit tight, it’s a goodie!
What are your main aims of Little Things Studio?
At Little Things, we are trying to build a community of artists and designers and bringing together various aesthetics together to constantly evolve our sense of design. We mainly focus on providing comfort and luxury-using hand loom fabrics. We like to keep experimenting with different styles of printing and weaving techniques. Little Things has been successfully incorporating different crafts in garment/fabric construction.
Who or what inspired you to create Little Things Studio?
You never know what inspires you. As a textile design student, I was always fascinated by water colours and graphics. My love for these two things pushed me to build a label that supports sustainable clothing and lets me emote through graphics and illustrations.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
In college, a teacher once told me to always have an open mind about new things. I’ve tried to instill that in my ideology. For example, at my studio, I keep experimenting with traditional processes and modern techniques. That is one reason why I feel the need to create a community of artists and designers. A space like that with different set of ideas will be dynamic and continuously evolving.
How do you relax after a hard day of work and what are some little things that make your day better?
I have always been inclined towards all form of arts. Learning about people, art and music helps me get a better prospective after a long, tiresome day. People passionate about their work move me just like productivity motivates me. I’m always on the hunt for something inspiring, something stimulating.
Where do you see Little Things Studio in the future, let’s say 4-5 years?
I see Little Things reaching a larger audience, the local going global since there has been a lot of appreciation from different parts of the world.
What is behind the name Little Things Studio?
That’s an interesting question since there have been a lot of people wondering about the name. The idea behind the name popped up when I was actually pondering what makes me really happy in life and I realised that I have this knack of collecting pretty little things. On the other side of the coin I never thought that changing little things in your life can make a big difference altogether. These two contradictory traits of my personality brought me to this point and now little things are what make me happy. The idea behind the brand is to see people smiling when they receive something from us.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
I am not a morning person at all. My nights are usually spent not sleeping much rather looking at interesting works of people. I am always on the hunt of finding new art, music and people who are doing great in life. That definitely motivates me for a better perspective to start the new day. If I am really tired I end up watching movies or series, that’s a treat I give to myself after a long hard working day.
Who made your clothes?
The clothes are made by weavers, tailors and karigars (craftsmen) who are working hard to support their families like we all do. It feels great to meet people with such great skills in the tiny little part of our world. There is so much talent around us.
What is your favourite item of clothing that you sell?
Be sure to check out Little Things Studio’s range via their website.
*This post is in collaboration with Little Things Studio