Babi Ahluwalia

Babi Ahluwalia moved to NYC 18 years ago to go to school at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It was at school where she found her niche for fashion and a partner, her husband Sachin. In the years to follow, the duo designers made a name for themselves in the fashion industry. In 1996 they launched ANK, creating designs of textiles, for such names as Oscar de la Renta, YSL and Derek Lam. Eight years later, they created ANKASA, their own luxury home brand.  In 2008, after the success of ANKASA home collection, they created women’s ready-to-wear label, Sachin + Babi, which is sold in such stores as Neiman Marcus, Fred Segal, Curve, Calypso as well as the ANKASA boutique in Manhattan.

The pair’s sheer expertise in the field of textiles has led them to be one of the industry’s most coveted design teams. They are responsible for much of haute couture’s hand embroideries and unique textiles, which are utilized by some of the industry’s most illustrious fashion houses. Their brand has stood out and made their mark, resulting in a modern luxury lifestyle brand that is accessible to today’s design savvy consumers, including through their flagship boutique located in New York’s Upper East Side.

Where were you born ?
How long in New york:
18 years
Sutton Place
Favorite Restaurant:
The Lion
Best Ethnic Food:
Best Italian:
Best place for late night dining:
Le Petit Maison
Best dessert:
Panna cotta at Babbo
Best place for a romantic date:
Central Park
Best Sunday brunch:
Evergreen- (dim sum)
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Beauty and Essex
Best place for a power business meeting:
Jean Georges at the Mark Hotel
All-around favorite spot in New york:
West Village
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
The Mark, The Standard, The Surrey
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Bergdorf Goodman
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Best Spa:
Mario Badescu
Favorite Charity Event:
New Yorkers for Children, Sloane Kettering
Favorite Cultural Event:
NYC Marathon
Favorite Cultural Institution: Moma, The Met
Best Aspect of New york:
the energy!
Best Steakhouse:
BLT Steak
Best Pizza:
Best Lunch:
Jean Georges at the Mark Hotel
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Best Massage:
Hot Stone Massage at Equinox
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
Car Mel
Best Museum/Exhibit:
The Balenciaga exhibit at the Queen Sophia Institute
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Governor’s Island
Best Broadway show:
Jersey Boys
Best Sushi:
Sushi Of Gari
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