Designer Spotlight: Who is Waris Ahluwalia?

10282331375At first glance, this guy may fit  the typical Punjabi stereotype with the beard and turban, but Waris Ahluwalia is no ordinary Indian man. He is a fashion icon from Brooklyn with an impeccable taste for fine jewelry and art.

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Born in Amritsar, Punjabi in India, Ahluwalia came to the States at the age of five. He grew up in Sikh family and heavily incorporates traditional elements into his jewelry. House of Waris began as a chance venture in Brooklyn but gained momentum at Maxfield’s in Los Angeles. His pieces are a great fusion of modern and ethnic influences, not to mention pricey, ranging anywhere between $50 to $10,000. It’s all made with real gold and fine stones, so you won’t find a score of them online except on and Since his pieces are very exclusive, his clientele consists of celebs and fashion-conscious socialites, who can easily get their hands on his coveted baubles. For the rest of us, he has flagship stores in NY, L.A, Miami, London, Paris, Hong Kong, and takes appointments via his website.

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Aside from fine jewelry, Waris ventured into films in 2004 starring in “America Brown” and “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), and continues to work on various film projects. He’s been featured in GQ, Vogue, and Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed. Walia has the coolest fashion sense and carries his pagh, or turban, off so well with trendy clothes. In October 2012, the creative entrepreneur even opened a pop-up tea shop under the NYC High Line, deemed the House of Waris Tea Room, which served Darjeeling chai in a cup of culture.

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Frankly, I love anyone with a good sense of culture and knowledge of his craft (I also love tea very much) and it’s evident that with a renaissance man like Waris Ahluwalia, he has so much more to share with us.

Rida Islam, Fashion Editor

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