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Ritu Kumar, 

Founder
age: 73
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The first lady of Indian fashion, and a premier revivalist of Indian weaves and textiles, Ritu Kumar is still a name to reckon with. The footprint of the design house is growing—in just the last six months, Kumar has opened eight franchises in India, Dubai, and Mauritius, expanding her network to 65 stores. Through all this, Kumar has remained true to her revivalist roots; she kicked off the Benares Revival Project— an ensemble built on the back of the original artisanal weaving, spinning, and dyeing of Benaras.

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