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.
The clothes are handcrafted with the highest quality and finish due to which all shirts are only available in limited quantities, perfect for individuals who want to display a less conventional piece of clothing made with class and style.
LACQUER EMBASSY was also a part of 50 brands selected by NOT JUST A LABEL.com from around the globe to exhibit at Origin Passion & Beliefs 2016 at Milano Unicatradeshow.It was sponsored by Fiera di Vicenza S.p.A. (06-08 Sept 2016/MILAN).
Lacquer Embassy has been featured in several publications across India and internationally like GQ, Lufthansa Inflight, Elle, Conde Nast Traveller, Architectural Digest, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Man’s Dapperism, Fucking Young, Sunday Guardian,Tribeca film festival to name a few.It was one of the 5 must places to visit in Delhi as published in Lufthansa Inflight in March 2016.
Apart from its own flagship store in Delhi, Lacquer Embassy also retails with about 17 other stockists like TajKhazana, Evoluzione, Amethyst, Aza, Pepperhouse, Vayu to name a few.
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 eye for graphics,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 Sharma was also one of GQ’s 50 best dressed men in India in 2016.