My London: Sanjit Vallance – Designer and Entrepreneur

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Sanjit Vallance is a London-based designer and entrepreneur with a deep-rooted love of travel. Having attended University College London, Sanjit went on to co-found India’s first glossy bridal magazine, Indian Bride and Home. She further honed her business skills in property development and interior design. But it was her passion for fabric that brought her back to her family roots in fashion and led her to study lingerie design at University of the Arts London. Nui Ami is the combination of two of her obsessions: beautiful lingerie and a beautiful night’s sleep.

We caught up with Sanjit for the latest in our ‘My London’ series.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

It would have to be home, Richmond. Being out of central London, there are green spaces, and the pace of life is a bit slower. It is a healthy, happy place.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

If only I had time to brunch! Brunching is a luxury; a coffee and porridge on the go from Pret is the closest I get.

 

Best coffee in London:

Fuckoffee in Bermondsey. Just for the name, and the mad décor inside. It’s also opposite the White Cube which had a brilliant exhibition on recently of Anslem Kiefer’s latest project.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

I enjoy going to the serpentine galleries as they’re right in the middle of Hyde Park and show the work of some fantastic contemporary artists, like Helen Marten.

 

Tell us a secret:

My guilty pleasure is the E channel. Particularly, The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills. Trashy I know.

 

Favourite place to shop:

Anna Boutique in Richmond. I have never come home with something from her, and changed my mind about it. She gives helpful, honest advice, finding clothes that fit well.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

I can’t say there’s one place. Finding inspiration is an attitude- to always have your eyes open and stay curious.

 

Best London destination for a date:

Somewhere fairly relaxed, but with great food. I would probably go to gymkhana- not the healthiest, but at least I would be honouring my Indian heritage.

 

Favourite park:

Absolutely has to be Richmond Park. I run there most mornings with our Minature Schnauzer, Ozzy. It clears my head.

 

Favourite food market:

Borough market. Just delicious food, and so historic. Its the other side of London for me, but I love going East; it has a totally different vibe.

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Ken. The café is great, and I find that in some of the quiet rooms, I can be alone and inspired. Looking at the global artefacts also taps into my love of travel and objects.

 

What inspires you?

Travelling. I’m a bit of a nomad; my spirit is restless. I think I am at my happiest when I am exploring new places, absorbing different ways of living.

 

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