Manish Arora, the renowned Indian fashion designer often referred to as the “John Galliano of India,” is currently facing a devastating setback with the liquidation of his fashion label. The downfall of Manish Arora can be attributed to reports of unpaid employees and overwhelming debts that have plagued the brand.

In an interview with The New York Times back in October, Arora expressed his disappointment regarding the situation. He shared, “We expanded and hoped to reach the world with our unique sensibility, and we tried sincerely. Unfortunately, things went wrong. The markets shrunk, expenses skyrocketed, and we soldiered on to the best of our capabilities.” However, due to the ongoing liquidation and court proceedings, Arora has chosen not to comment further on the matter.

The fashion label was initially established in 2001 by Arora and his business partner, Deepak Bhagwani. The brand gained international recognition when Arora made his debut in London in 2005. After working as the creative director of Paco Rabanne for two seasons, Arora decided to focus solely on his own label. Since 2012, he has been based in Paris and consistently showcased his vibrant and maximalist collections in the city, combining Indian culture with Western influences and accumulating a loyal following.

Throughout its existence, the Manish Arora brand has collaborated with renowned names such as Reebok, Swatch, and Swarovski. It has also been carried by prominent retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, Printemps, and Galeries Lafayette. Unfortunately, the brand faced a significant setback in 2017 when its Indian by Manish Arora line was discontinued. These challenges were further compounded by the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, which proved to be the final blow.

The fashion label has long been grappling with costly runway shows, mounting debts, and ongoing discounting by retail partners. The loss of valuable partnerships with retailers ultimately resulted in delayed or nonexistent payments to employees, vendors, and partners. Additionally, earlier this year, Arora’s business partner, Deepak Bhagwani, also left the company, further complicating matters.

On October 10, 2020, employees in India were notified of the liquidation of the company. Consequently, the Manish Arora store in Paris closed its doors, and the brand’s website was temporarily shut down for maintenance. Arora is now in the process of reassessing his way forward, but the future of both his brand and its employees remains uncertain.

The liquidation of Manish Arora’s fashion label is undoubtedly a substantial loss for the industry. Arora not only left an indelible mark on Indian fashion but also gained global recognition for his unique designs. The downfall of his brand serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by many fashion labels, particularly amidst these unprecedented times. As the fashion industry continues to navigate the far-reaching effects of the pandemic, it is crucial to support and nurture talented designers like Manish Arora, who bring creativity and innovation to the fashion world.

For more information on Manish Arora and his designs, please visit:
1. Manish Arora Official Website
2. Manish Arora on Vogue India