Being passionate about art and design since a very young age led Pooja to join a top institute for Fashion Design in the country.
Having a zeal to create something new and different, once while looking at her work, her grandfather once asked her, “why do you people always design for models and not real persons?” That struck a chord in her and made her realize the deep need to connect her work with people’s lives in a meaningful way. She then began to explore many areas in fashion such as gay wear, maternity wear, and design for senior citizens and for her final bachelor’s degree project, she had her grandparents and their friends walk the ramp!
And now with her new Menswear brand 22|7, Pooja Sachan is here to make you FEEL GOOD, DO GOOD & BE GOOD.
Check out her incredible story from the Fashion Lady herself, Pooja Sachan, in conversation with Ms. Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness Org.
But First we have a note from her:
Follow Your Dreams and DREAM BIG! No journey is easy till you cross it. And when you do… look back and say to yourself ‘I DID IT!’!
I was born in a Punjabi family. I was a chubby kid growing up. I was sent to my first gym at the age 10 yrs on the belief that this will slim me down and get me married to a handsome gentleman in life!
Today, I am a Tri athlete! I made something very positive out of it. I joined sports and became a sprint runner, played for my school so much that I broke my ACL and had to take a break. But it honestly put a love for fitness in me! Today, I swim, I bike, I run and most probably pick the heaviest weight around in the gym 😊.
In 2015, I completed my first half IRON MAN race and am very proud to be almost 40 and in best shape of my life! No am not slim, but am FIT and that’s what I take from it and teach my boys… You can create your own Positive in Life!
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
After graduating from a top institute for Fashion Design, you were selected by Nottingham Trent University to pursue a Master’s degree in fashion and textiles. You have reached the pinnacle of success by launching your very own men’s wear brand 22|7. Tell us more about your successful professional journey in the world of fashion?
Ms. Pooja Sachan:
Art has always been a passion of mine. I was creative from a very young age. My dad is a Builder, actually an architect/builder with no professional degree. My mom wanted to be a writer and was a calligraphy artist in her youth. My brother did his major in English literature and has a passion for writing. Art and Literature runs in my genes but being brought up in a middle business class family, it was never truly encouraged. So, most of my youth I struggled, fought and have tried in many ways to answer and satisfy my family’s queries with regards to this profession!
It’s very subjective and everyone has their view point on ART. I think a formal education in Art, Fashion and Textiles and receiving it in 3 entirely different countries really taught me the basics of a meaningful design. The challenge for me is to be real, functional along with aesthetically appealing.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
How has your experience in the fashion world helped you in developing your own brand?
Ms. Pooja Sachan:
I see myself as a Designer with a purpose to fulfill. I speak not only as a Designer, but as a strong Woman with diverse life experiences ranging from extremely difficult to amazingly joyous. I am an Environmentalist, a Global Citizen having lived in many countries, a Mother who wants her children to live in a better world, and a Creator with an aesthetic shaped by my take on the human condition.
My 15+ years in the industry has definitely advanced my technical skills, while having opportunities to live and work in different cultures around the world has provided me with an immense amount of knowledge about people. I have had some great opportunities to work in different arenas of the fashion industry since then. From leading big companies and great start up brands, to traveling, exploring, and learning from some of the great artists in the industry, I have gained an immense amount of knowledge from every project and every place. I finally realize that this is my moment to work on something that will matter most, and started 22|7.