“Design One” A Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza by Sahachari

“Design One” A Fundraising Shopping Extravaganza by Sahachari


Design One 2012 – A Design Destination

September 26th & 27th 2012

World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

“Retail activism” is taken to new heights at Sahachari Foundation’s Design One (DO) exhibition, which activates social change through the shopping experience.  The motivation behind the initiative is to raise funds for deserving NGOs and recognize the extraordinary creativity of talented designers. The Design One model combines entrepreneurship with philanthropy, fashion & lifestyle with creative passion.

A full-on festive expo, the “Design One” shopping extravaganza offers a holistic and personalized shopping experience all under one roof, and features a combination of carefully selected established and budding designers.F unds raised will help charitable organisations such as Apne Aap Womens Collective, Muktangan, Victoria Memorial School For The Blind and BSPCA

Shoppers are invited to choose from designer ensembles, along with an eclectic mix of jewellery, bags and shoes in a glittering festive display that one can’t buy in any store, anywhere in the country.

This year, seven out-of town top-ranking designers will take centre-stage, including Shivan & Narresh, Aneeth Arora, Ranji Kelkar, Atsu Sekhose,  Pankaj & Nidhi. Some of the wellknonw names taking part this year are Surily Goel, Masaba Gupta, Myoho, Laila Motwane. Also Kidswear by Mansi & Sunaina. Also Trupsel by Trupti Herman,Paromita Banerjee, Meghna Himmatranka and Elements of Desire by Amrita.

Adding an endearing touch to the high-design merchandise is a kiddie’s corner too, as a special add on this year.

Also a part of the extravaganza this year are products such as home accessories,shoes,clutches and handbags, travel accessories and silver gift items from Kunti Shah ,Sachi Maskara .Hiral Bhogi, Padmaja Krishnan,Falguni Mehta,Yama Maskara.Choose from an array of items such as Soaps,Ceramic,Packaging,Pet care,Jadav,Fashion jewellery, indo western clothes and kids wear.

NGOs are given complimentary space to retail their in-house products while two in-house cafeterias provide a refreshing break from the shopping spree. These include OM Creations,Shraddha Charitable Trust,Victoria Memorial school,Rm Rm,Shine,Bombay Paperie and Smile.

Though literally translated as ‘women walking together’, Sahachari is much more than that: it stands for upliftment, altruism, societal responsibility, and, above all, for empowerment. This holistic vision brought together a group of ladies to set up Sahachari Foundation, a Trust dedicated to the betterment of the lesser privileged particularly in areas of education, socio-economic development of women, healthcare and promotion of art and culture

About Sahachari Foundation

The Sahchari Foundation organizes special events during the year in which private individuals and corporations can participate by providing financial support, while taking advantage of the visibility and branding opportunities offered at the event. In turn, the Foundation fulfils its objective by effectively allocating the resources that are received from those who support its vision and work, to deserving charitable institutions.

Founder members: Minakshi Bajaj, Sheela Bhogilal, Parul Choksey, Mala Goenka, Pallavi Kanoria, Brinda Khatau, Nilima Kilachand, Daksha Mehta, Lakshmi Nair, Gauri Pohoomul, Madhu Ruia

Advisor: Smita Parekh

Associate members: Amrita Kilachand, Bijal Meswani, Amruda Nair, Pooja Singhal

Special invitees: Karuna Rajan, Shreyasi Goenka

Sahachari Foundation collaborates with National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, to present unique cultural events.

With a track record of mounting exhibitions with style and panache, members of Sahachari Foundation have created ‘Design One’, a sought-after exhibition brand where designers get to expand their client-bases, and customers are offered a wide range of merchandise. NGOs are given complimentary space to retail their in-house products.

Website: www.sahacharifoundation.org

Growth of the exhibition initiatives in the last four years

·         Expanded our ambit across India’s metros with 6 Design One exhibitions within India:

1.       3 in Mumbai, 2 in New Delhi, 1 in Chennai

2.       1 International Design One exhibition

3.       Summer Closet: 2 Spring/Summer exhibitions held in association with Four Seasons Hotel

4.       Samsaara: 2 previews held in collaboration with Samsaara boutique

·         Combination of established and upcoming designers to satisfy the tastes of a wider audience

·         Steadily growing footfalls and popularity

·         7 – 8 NGOs at each exhibition given complimentary space

·         Phenomenal sales and client building for each vendor

·         More visibility given to sponsors

·         Propelled its creative reputation to new heights, introducing new styles to ensure that buyers find something special each time.

·         Stands apart from all other exhibitions due to quality and novelty of merchandise, and artistic presentation

·         A feel-good shopping experience

Charities supported by Sahachari Foundation upto March 2012

Every year, Sahachari Foundation lends a helping hand to the activities of deserving NGOs by funding specific requirements.

 Apne Aap Women’s Collective, an NGO engaged in grass-root level work which provides education and shelter for daughters of women in prostitution, in order to protect them from second generation sex work and give them a better life.


Email: apneaap@gmail.com

Victoria Memorial School for the Blind involved in the education of visually impaired students from primary to middle school levels, providing them with free education, boarding and lodging. Students are trained in various activities like craft, clay modeling, yoga, gymnastics, music, gardening, drama and giving foot massages, with the objective of making them well-rounded individuals.

Website: www.vmsb.org

Email: vm@blindschool.net

 Bombay Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BSPCA) which  runs the only animal hospital in Mumbai since 135 years, for treating sick and injured animals. 70% of the patients are treated free.

Website: www.bombayspca.org

Email: info@bombayspca.org

Muktangan supports the education of underprivileged children up to middle-school level and provides livelihood opportunities for women.

Email: muktanganpct@gmail.com