About the brand
The search for beautifully made, luxury holiday pieces that fashion editor and leading stylist Kim Hersov always wanted but could never find, led to the conception of Talitha; a bohemian collection forming the ultimate travel wardrobe. Created together with Shon Randhawa, who works closely with local artisans and craftsmen at her atelier in New Delhi where the collections are made, the pair dipped into Randhawa’s embroidery archives for the debut collection and researched local craft traditions to create a signature depth to each piece.
‘The Talitha collections are deeply inspired by the rich cultural heritage of India’s arts and crafts,’ reveals Randhawa. ‘We select only the most talented embroiderers to work on the collection, using their expert knowledge and techniques to create versatile, yet timeless, garments.’ Hand embroidered kaftans, tailored shorts born from hand made Indian scarves, woven cotton play suits and shirts, and intricately worked kimonos and capes, reinvent beach basics.
Originally influenced by Marissa Berenson and Kate Moss, two world travellers each with a holiday style as influential as any catwalk collection, both perfectly combine a relaxed hippy aesthetic with a refined edge that translates from the exotic to the urban. Yet the Talitha woman has flourished beyond these muses with Hersov pulling influences from her early life growing up in bohemian San Francisco, where tie-dye, peasant blouses and maxi dresses were part of her style sensibility. In part, Talitha is an extension and evolution of that world without the hippy inclination, replacing it instead with a luxurious finish. Hersov imagines the woman as a stylish bohemian, who spends her life travelling the world, leaping from one exotic location to another, living on a whim but always dressed for the most exceptional of eventualities.
By its very name, Talitha has Aramaic origins, lending to its exotic nature, but the collection fits those who live the nomadic fantasy or who simply want to weave dreams of Morocco or Tulum into their everyday city lifestyle. Each piece has been on a journey, born out of forgotten highly skilled traditions, revisited to tell a new story. But only now does the real adventure begin.
Shon is a serial fashion entrepreneur with substantial experience in start-ups and private equity in the fashion industry. She is a business professional who understands all aspects from investment to design and management.
Shon is a co-founder of various initiatives and businesses including Patine, a successful RTW artisanal brand based in India. She co-founded Patine in 2006 and has managed and grown the brand to its current success in both national and international markets. Shon set up a large production unit in 2007 in Gurgaon to support the brand’s growth. The unit employs over 300 people in this facility and it other ancillary units and it is known for its artisanal embroidery and techniques and embelishment. The same facility is manufacturing the Talitha Collection to date.
Shon has a Bachelors in Business (honors) from the Delhi University and various diplomas in Design, Draping & Patternmaking from National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in New Delhi as well as diplomas in Fashion Design from London College of Fashion, UK.
Kim joined US Vogue in 1992 and was with the magazine until she moved to the UK. She joined the UK Harper’s Bazaar team in 2000 and was Editor at Large for 12 years until December 2012. During this time, Kim co-anchored the magazine’s successful “Catwalk to Closet” column. In January 2013, Kim joined Net-A-Porter, where she created her style column “Runway to Real Life” for The Edit, and is also the host of style “Master Classes” for the online edition of The Edit. She is currently Editor-at-Large for Porter magazine by Net-A-Porter.
Other consultancies and ongoing projects include consulting on global digital styling projects (Oct 2012 – present) and brand consultation in the UK (from 2008-2012 ) for Louis Vuitton, art talks and presenting for Louis Vuitton at the London based Catwalk Essentials styling project. For Ralph Lauren, she styles and conducts trend talks (2011-present). Kim is also a leading personal stylist with many celebrities clients.
Kim is an alumnus of Georgetown University and graduated Cum Laude.