Founder

Maximiliano Modesti

Maximiliano Modesti is a craft and fashion entrepreneur based in both Paris and Mumbai since the last 25 years.

A French-Italian MBA Graduate from I.F.M and ESCP (French institute of Fashion and Paris School of Commerce) trained as a fashion and textile designer, Maximiliano Modesti was Azzedine Alaia’s studio manager from 1994 to 1998. He has a deep knowledge of Indian crafts and textiles having established Les Ateliers 2M in Paris and Mumbai. Les Ateliers 2M is a design and production center for luxury brands working with Indian embroidery and textile artisans.

In 2016, he established the Lucknow Design Trust, a non-profit entity dedicated to the recognition of luxury craft excellence in India. By 2017, the trust opened the “Kalhath Institute” its first craft excellence center in the city of Lucknow, U.P which started training classes to assess and up skill artisans to international practice levels.

In 2017, Maximiliano was the subject of a 52 minute documentary by the French-German channel ARTE TV “Au Fil du Monde, Inde.”

 

Trustee

Mukesh Jashnani

Mukesh Jashnani has 45 years of experience across several industries ranging from retail and real estate to security systems and power substations. He is an entrepreneur and franchise-owner who grew one retail store from start-up to ten businesses across several industries with an annual turnover of more than rupees 1 billion through effective business planning, innovative marketing and robust leadership.

He is a persuasive presenter with excellent relationship building skills with clients, colleagues and third-party collaborators both in the state and at the national government. He is also recognized by clients and colleagues as a consummate professional with a high degree of personal integrity and a capacity for motivational leadership.

 

Co-founder

M. Amine Dadda

M. Amine Dadda is a French- Moroccan citizen born in 1984, in Kenitra, Morocco. At the age of 18, he moved to France. He studied at Euromed Marseille business school campus Bastia where he got his bachelor’s in 2007, followed by a Master in organisational planning and management of social innovations in Paris in 2009.

Fiery, eclectic and a dynamic entrepreneur, M. A. Dadda brings his resources and vision to 2M companies since 2013. He played a pivotal role in the establishing of the underpinnings of Kalhath Institute and sits on the administrative board of founders.

He supports craft and savoir- faire also in mother country, reviving the traditional hand-weaving of the Sfifa, usually used in Moroccan kaftan's making.

 

Director

DR. Jaspal Kalra

Design Academician and Social Entrepreneur, with practice based PhD degree from NIFT titled ‘Design Education of Chikankari Artisans: A Tool for Social Innovation'.

Jaspal Kalra graduated in Fashion Design from NIIFT, Mohali followed by PGCHE and Masters of Design (Fashion) from Nottingham Trent University. Alongside he has worked on project brief development and curriculum for Design and Craft based Institutes, developing new forms through zero waste cutting technique. He has a total work experience of 19 years, working in professional design spaces of self-run brands, ace designers, retail brands, international buyers and knowledge sharing at various design Institutes.

He has provided services as a consultant for staff development & course delivery as well as conducted seminars and workshops on craft appreciation. His professional engagements range from workshops at Ashoka University, Somaiya Kala Vidya, expert panelist for ‘National Entrepreneurship Awards Scheme’, Member of Board of Study of Fashion department of Universities and design consultant for projects like Usttad ( at NIFT supported by Ministry of Minority Affairs). He has presented in various international and national conferences. He works closely with craft clusters and promotes co-design and design practice sharing with artisans through his brand Sangraha Karigar Atelier.