A Bit About Who We Are

Chiaroscuro is the creation of a growing team. Each member has over a decade of experience within the leather industry, both within India & outside of it. The experience has been with a wide range of organizations including fast fashion retailers, designer labels, exporters, large scale manufacturers, small scale workshops and wholesalers. We also have some young blood, contributing its yearning, excitement and sincerity.

While providing a strong training, understanding, know-how and skill to each member of our founding team, the experience also confronted us repeatedly with various practices that we felt could be bettered.

Chiaroscuro is an effort to create with a more informed, sensitive and sustainable approach.

Smriti: Founder, creative lead, designer, accountant, IT in charge, chief home-model for most photos, art director, website manager, social media manager, hr manager, voice at the other end of the customer helpline, chief financier & compulsive cleaner. 

See Smriti's professional profile here.  

Anuja: Graphic lead, illustrator, packaging designer, social media mentor, chai lover (even though she's trying to quit), compulsive chatterbox.

Pallavi: Ops lead, customer sales lead, cheif helper to the team, trainer,  designer, material comptroller, leader of the team, coffee lover.

Sunny: E-commerce Lead, Jack of all trades!  We love his never ending enthusiasm, insatiable appetite to learn and grow. Order processor, finished goods stock in charge, logistics manager, sales analyst and so much more.

Anshu: Workshop Lead, design enthusiast, expert artist, emotional, soft spoken and lovely. We love her passion for all things creative including whipping up a storm in her kitchen! Leader of the boys, product and leather specialist, quality checker. 

Ladlee: Marketing Lead, design enthusiast, communication lover, bold and opinionated.  We love the vibrancy she adds to our team. Leather love, final quality checker, newsletter controller, visual artist. 

Nirma: Assistant to Workshop Lead, our material and leather stock controller. Keeping a tab on everything closely, making sure the numbers add up! Learning to manage production planning, this is one hard working young lady. We are excited to see her flower in our family!

Mukhtar: Master, senior artisan, Assistant pattern drafter, design consultant, technical specialist, fine eye for quality checking, assistant leather cutter :)

Chand: Floor In Charge, Senior artisan, expert hand model, chief tea maker, part-time hand model, will sulk if he is mad at you.

Firoz: Keeper of the keys & Material, Senior Artisan, chief radio operator, newbee father, in-house everything expert, likes sporting a beret from time to time. 

Sohrab: Senior Artisan, can spend all day on the phone with his wife if allowed to, in-house clown (though he doesn't know it). Sports his big and very blinding wedding ring with pride.

Hayat: Quality Checker, Mr. Responsible, quiet and work focused, will believe anything you tell him. Has a particularly beautiful and talented wife :)

Irfan: Senior Artisan. Super regular. Always tardy. Always smiling. Our expert in-house hand model.

 

Abdul: Senior Artisan who started out as an apprentice with us! He shows a beautiful combination of artistic flair and a patient temperament. Quiet, respectful and always smiling.

Iftekar: Senior Artisan. Quiet, somber and work focused; but once that smile breaks out, its joy all around. 

Mumtaj: Wallet Specialist. Quiet and respectful. Super talented, with magic in his little fingers. Don't miss the Harry Potter-esque scar, on the forehead too!

Shamsher: Senior Wallet Artisan. Confident of his artisanal capabilities, and for good reason we discover! 

Sarfaraz Jr.: Senior Artisan. Part of our original founding team of artisans, Safaraz left us for a few years in the middle to start a business in his village, but has since come back to rejoin the CS family :)

Ishakh: Senior Artisan. Very confident and outgoing, all for good reason too! One of our finest makers.

Nirale: Our all rounder, in charge of packing, final quality checks, and material purchase. Upcoming artisan as well. Nirale is one team mate to watch out for!

Darban: Our in house leather specialist. Armed with over 20 years of experience in working with the raw material and we are lucky to have him in our fold as our leather store manager and cutting in charge.

Israil: Artisan. No more a newbee, Israil is shaping up to be quite the specialist of a number of our bags! He has worked with a number of major manufacturers and the experience shows in his skill, speed and professionalism :)

Ibrar: Artisan. Soft spoken, respectful, with impeccable work. Ibrar has worked hard to overcome any disabilities and is one of the artisans to look out for on our team!

Aftab: Senior Artisan. Also an assistant pattern maker! Aftab is an old timer at Chiaroscuro and we cherish is cool cat presence :)

Sarfaraz Sr: Artisan extraordinaire!  He was part of our original team that set up the first set of designs before he left us for a few years. Recently back on the team, we are so happy to have his skill and experience in our fold.

Sahnawaaz: Wallet Artisan. Yet another example of the team bringing in family to join in with ours! Mumtaz's cousin, and beautiful wallet making clearly runs in the family! We cant wait to see him settle in well

Danish : Our all rounder helper, in charge of packing, stock counting, and monograms. Youthful, always smiling and showing us his hidden skills! We wish him a blossoming journey in our family.

Meraj : Senior Embroidery Artisan. Zarodozi, Aari work specialist with over 2 decades of experience.

Mayuri: HR Lead, she brings with her a lot of experience on people management, systems and compliances. Laughing, positive, caring and warm, we are lucky to have her on our team looking after us all.