[CLOTHING] Interview with Anjali Pathak - Clothes Designer
- ASIAN FLAVORED AND DESI-LISCIOUS
An Interview with designer Anjali Pathak
HOARD: What inspired the "Asian flavored" theme of your tote bags?
ANJALI: Once I finally decided to put law on the back burner and give
myself a chance to do work I wanted, ideas made their way out of my
head. Making that decision was the hardest, like destroying a huge
The "Asian flavored" totes came about because I never intended to
take myself too seriously and it's really hard not to smile when you
see a tote that says "I Love Wasabi." As for the future, I am working
on make-up bags and a tank/undies combo set for the spring. I am
going to see where this food theme will take me for a while. I have
been pleasantly surprised by people I interact with when carrying one
of my totes. They get people talking and I love that.
HOARD: Your specialty tote bags and tee-shirts can be ordered on-line
at HappyLuckyMe.com. How long have you been running the site?
ANJALI: I started really thinking about it the first day of October
when I was on a trip to London. I was having a crepe and latte at a
street café in Soho and I had this image of my grandma wearing
leather chaps and a big ten-gallon hat. I can't shake it to this day.
It's like "Cowboys and Indians" but with Asian Indians. I think I
will do something with that idea at some point. When I got back to
the states, I just hit the ground running and haven't stopped since.
I have been more satisfied in the last few months than I have in
years with my other career.
HOARD: Just how happy and lucky are you? Do you have any advice for
those destitute souls who might not be so happy and lucky?
ANJALI: The mere prospect of someday actually making a decent living
doing creative work makes me so happy and feeling plenty lucky. My
advice to people would be to discover what makes you happy (if you
don't already know), do it and commit to it. Just getting up in the
morning knowing your day is filled with work you love is sufficiently
joyous and its own reward. Oh, and give yourself a chance to be
great; you know you have it in you. That's my advice too. I know it
sounds so ridiculously presumptuous, but I stick by it.
HOARD: Define "style".
ANJALI: Style conveys a message about the wearer. It can be any
message. If you can do that, that's style.
HOARD: Define your personal style.
ANJALI: It's all about being different characters. I can be "80's
glamour girl" for a holiday party and "military chic" when out at a
bar with friends. What I wear affects how people treat me. It's also
a reflection of who I am, but usually only for that moment. There are
of course those days when I just don't want any attention at all,
although few and far between, but they do come around. My "go
unnoticed" style is a grey sweatshirt and khakis. Nothing
says "ignore me" more effectively and I appreciate that too.
HOARD: Okay, so you love, love , love, yummy Asian food. Now,
describe what you think would be the most perfect full-course Asian
ANJALI: Tom Kha Gai because it's so perfect in its rich creaminess
and richer complexity. Sashimi when it's so fresh that it melts in
your mouth. Oh! Gulab Jamun and Mochi Ice Cream. Eating the cold
balls right after the piping hot ones. Yum yum.
HOARD: What's your astrological sign mama?
ANJALI: Pisces. The introvert and moody sign. I am no introvert. I am
moody though, but in a subversive way, so most people think I am not
characteristic of a Pisces at all and are often surprised to hear it.
HOARD: What would we find inside your own personal tote bag right
ANJALI: About a dozen deliver confirmation post office stubs, Stila
lip-gloss, AmEx, my state bar card and candy. I always have candy.
Those individually wrapped Japanese gummys are my favorite (kiwi and
muscat flavors) and Haw Flakes (hard flat disks made of Haw?) are
YUM. The foster kid across the street always asks me for candy and I,
of course, have it. It can be embarrassing when it happens around
other adults. People think you should "grow out" of candy after a
certain age. No one sent my taste buds the memo!
HOARD: Asahi, Sapporo or Suntory?
HOARD: I bet you collect the fortunes from fortune cookies.
ANJALI: No, I don't collect them. I wish I did though so people would
have something interesting to look at on my refrigerator rather than
my current collection of charity run bibs, magnets from local
realtors and, of course, menus, menus and more menus.
HOARD: Did you know that fortune cookies were invented in San
ANJALI: I learned that in Ron Takaki's class, "Introduction to Asian
American History" my first year at Cal. It was unofficially
called "Asian Am Scam" because everyone spent as much time checking
each other out as they did learning history. I do remember that stuff
about the cookies though.
HOARD: Do you have any recipes you would like to share with us?
ANJALI: I love to eat Asian food. I save the cooking for the pros. I
do know that traditionally Kimchee was buried in the yard for months
before it was eaten. Some people still do that today. Enjoy! [end]
for more information about Anjali and her "Asian Flavored" styled
totes and tees, please visit www.happyluckyme.com