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Ritu Kumar, 75

Founder, Ritu Kumar Design

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The designer, who revived traditional textile techniques, began her journey in a small village near Kolkata more than 50 years ago. It has been a long journey from Kumar’s first one-room makeshift store in south Delhi to close to 90 stores across the country. Kumar, arguably the first Indian fashion designer of note, has changed with the times. In July, she made her de - but in the Indian craft-inspired homeware line which includes quilts, cushions, crockery, and ceramics. Kumar is already look - ing at raising up to $20 million to further scale up her brand.