Founder Nikhil Sharma explains the inspiration behind the label’s name:
“Lacquer is a surface coating provided by a craftsman as a final finishing touch. It resonates the words ‘polished’ & ‘finished’. The word ‘embassy’ denotes a space that contains what I love the most: a menagerie of my creations, accoutrements and thoughts, all brought together in a single institution. This space is here to make you a part of my ‘universe’. ”
Nikhil’s Lacquer Embassy combines classic influences with modern culture, focusing heavily on attention to detail and minimalist silhouettes. The label aims to encompass the fusion of the relaxed elegance of youth and luxury with a definite sense of modern aesthetics. The designs are brought about from an uncomplicated perspective and his inspiring ability to be gentlemanly, yet relaxed and unpretentious. His designs are hybrids that reflect today’s lifestyles without being rooted in any particular time or era.
Lacquer embassy launches its first collection the later part of 2013, a meticulously edited capsule line of men’s shirts and pocket squares that embody the effortless sartorial style of a ‘global’ gentleman.
A graduate from NIFT, Nikhil went on to pursue his Masters Degree in Design from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. After receiving Distinction in his M.A. he worked as a senior menswear designer in London for British high street brands such as Chilli Pepper and NEXT. In the duration of his work with these brands Nikhil travelled extensively to many European and American cities for inspiration, later visiting factories in Turkey and other countries in South Asia to bring his designs to fruition. His travels around the world, together with his propensity for experimentation and his cosmopolitan character, catapulted him into the international market, and have continued to provide a source of inspiration.
In London, he branched out to work as a stylist and a forecast consultant, working for various fashion forecast trend agencies. He thereby styled men’s editorials for journals and coffee table books published in London and in other cities such as New York and Istanbul. Nikhil was also featured as one of the finalists for GQ’s Personal Style Diary in South Africa.
Nikhil Sharma’s label, Lacquer Embassy, was born out of a desire to realise the aesthetics he cultivated throughout his travels, life experiences, and his own experiments in style. Along with the label, Nikhil also styles various campaigns, and continues to work as a freelance fashion forecast trend consultant.