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Ambitious, hard working and already credited at London Fashion Week as one to watch, Ashish Gupta is set to take on the fashion world by storm. Graduating from Middlesex with a BA in fashion design, Ashish moved on to Central Saint Martins to pursue an MA. A chance encounter with Browns Focus saw him supply the boutique with his first order in 2001 and the label is now internationally known in Tokyo, New York and Hong Kong.

How did you get started in the fashion industry?

Luck! – my friend Nadine was wearing one of my jumpers one day, and got noticed by the buyer for Browns Focus. That was my first account.

Whom would you credit as being an inspiration?

So many people are inspiring! My mum, my friend Nadine, people you see on the street and because I’m a cinema addict, there’s that whole world of characters as well!

In your opinion which Indian celebrity has an outstanding sense of style?

Shobha De is fabulous!

What can we expect from you for Spring/Summer 2005?

African-inspired prints, lots of color and sequins, bold graphics.

What one thing would you change about the world of fashion?

I would change the fashion system of ‘seasons’. It would be nice to show collections when you wanted to, rather than having to show one in Feb and one in September.

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