21 December 2021,  Mumbai:

Reliance Brands Limited (RBL) and Indian couturier Anamika Khanna have agreed to join hands for a 60:40 Joint Venture (either by itself and/or through its affiliates) for owning and developing the brand AK-OK, setting the foundation for a new outlook in Indian fashion.
AK-OK was born out of a deeply personal story in a time of crisis and Anamika Khanna’s sons Viraj and Vishesh’s determination to re-write the narrative to one of optimism and acceptance
- “Don’t worry, everything will be AK-OK” started it all.
Keeping with its genesis, the label started with an attitude of deconstructing everything that was “meant to be” and accepting what “could be”. With age and gender agnostic design philosophy, AK-OK evolved in recognition of rapidly changing lifestyles – where dressing for “day” v/s “night” was linear.

AK-OK builds a world where it is completely okay to bring together the luxurious and the relaxed, to create a distinct personal take on style and not be dictated by trends or “others”.

There is also an underlying romanticism in the ethos of AK-OK - about life - about not being afraid - of being out there. While the brand originates in India and holds intricate Indian nuances, every collection from AK-OK galvanizes design quirks and interesting silhouettes that transcend geographies.
“The partnership with Anamika Khanna pivots around our recognition of homegrown talent’s growing popularity and appeal, both in India and globally. Known for her eponymous label,
Anamika Khanna is well recognised for encapsulating India’s rich craft in global contours. We are excited to partner with Anamika’s AK-OK brand journey right from its early days and present a unique design philosophy to Indian and global consumers. Indian fashion brands are a strategic part of our luxury portfolio and with this partnership, we are adding another design powerhouse to our growing repertoire of fashion brands”, said Isha Ambani, Director, Reliance Retail Ventures Ltd. (holding company of all retail companies in Reliance Industries Limited group).
A design powerhouse - Anamika Khanna will continue to lead the creative direction of the brand as Creative Director.
“As India’s largest luxury retailer, RBL’s learnings from operating a wide retail network across its group companies and experience of building a diverse portfolio of luxury to premium brands will come in good stead to steer AK-OK as one of the most recognisable new-age brands globally.

It also allows for me to have fun with the brand while exploring boundless future possibilities
together”, said Anamika Khanna.

Reliance Brands Limited (RBL) is part of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest private
sector company, that had a consolidated turnover of $73.8 billion in the year ended 31st March
2021. Making RIL the highest-ranked Indian company in Fortune’s Global 500 list of “World’s
Largest Companies”.
RBL began operations in 2007 with a mandate to launch and build global brands in the luxury to premium segments across fashion and lifestyle. Its current portfolio of brand partnerships comprises Armani Exchange, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Canali, Coach,
Diesel, Dune, EA7, Emporio Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, G-Star Raw, Gas, Giorgio Armani, Hamleys, Hugo Boss, Hunkemoller, Iconix, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Mothercare, Muji, Paul & Shark, Paul Smith, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Replay, Ritu
Kumar, Salvatore Ferragamo, Satya Paul, Steve Madden, Superdry, Scotch & Soda, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Tumi, Versace, Villeroy & Boch, and West Elm. RBL today operates 1,596 doors split into 680 stores and 916 shop-in-shops in India.

In May 2019, RBL marked its first international foray by acquiring the British toy retailer, Hamleys. Globally Hamleys has 215 doors across 17 countries.
RBL also has equity investments in Indian couture brands Manish Malhotra and Raghavendra Rathore.


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