University of Fashion is proud and fortunate to have such a wonderful team of creative and entrepreneurial instructors willing to share their knowledge and expertise. In our 14th year as the first and largest online fashion education resource, we have maintained the of highest standards when selecting our teachers.
This week’s blog post is a continuation of our instructor spotlight series and will focus on the work of Rishabh Manocha, creator of our 13-part menswear series, whose passion and respect for bespoke craftsmanship has made him one of UOF’s most popular instructors.
Rishabh Manocha is a New York City based designer and bespoke tailor who established his eponymous label in 2017. An alum of Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins, Rishabh credits his education with Savile Row tailors for the technical soundness that complements his conceptual designs.
Artisanal integrity, sartorial heritage and the form-function dialogue, are integral aspects of Rishabh’s work. Expounding norms of bespoke tailoring as a means to understanding the human psyche is a fundamental tenet of the label. Rishabh travels extensively to research Italian French and UK mills and denim from Japan.
As a master of bespoke tailoring techniques, Rishabh carries out these techniques personally for his men’s and women’s bespoke commissions across the United States, UK and the Middle East.
Deeply driven by sustainability, ethical sourcing practices and transparent supply chain, Rishabh recently co-founded Lehzaa, (in Urdu means individual style), an e-commerce women’s ready-to-wear label with Omani business partner Mrs. Mrunal Khimji. Watch for their soft launch in May 2023 at www.lehzaa.com
In addition to his bespoke business, last year Rishabh branched out into leatherwork, creating wallets and briefcases to compliment his clothing.
According to Rishabh, the world is changing. He claims that in addition to his clients having an eye for craftmanship, they seek sustainably made clothing that can stand the test of time… and they are willing to pay for it. His design philosophy encompasses:
- Using sustainably sourced fabrics from Italy and England
- Focusing on silhouettes designed to flatter every body type
- Making garments from recycled and upcycled real fur that are made in NYC
- Creating a range of bespoke leather goods for the discerning accessory wearer
When not with his measuring tape, Rishabh devotes time to learning yoga, languages, and gastronomy. His vision is to see a more conscious and empowered consumer, ‘one garment a time’.
View Rishabh’s UOF menswear lessons:
Measuring the Male Body, Drafting a Men’s Upper Body Block, Drafting a Men’s Shirt Block, Drafting a Men’s Trouser Block, Drafting a Men’s Set-in Sleeve Sloper, Drafting a Men’s One-piece Jacket Sleeve from Measurements, Drafting a Men’s Pleated Trouser, Drafting a Men’s Upper Body Jacket Block, Drafting a Men’s Hoodie, Drafting a Men’s Classic 2-Button Single-Breasted Jacket, Besom/Jetted Flap Pocket, Drafting a Men’s Jacket Lining, Facing & Interfacings, Drafting a Men’s Two-Piece Jacket Sleeve.
More about Rishabh
Rishabh Manocha frequently teaches one-on-one online lessons in pattern drafting and tailoring. For more info contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow him @rmanochabespoke
Visit his website rishabhmanocha.com
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