As former vice president of Dior’s marketing and communications ventures in India, Kalyani Chawla oversaw the luxury brand’s market positioning, PR activities and product placements with high-profile Indian celebrities.
A prominent figure within India’s society, Chawla was initially appointed Dior’s brand ambassador in 2006, coinciding with the launch of the label’s first store in the capital city of Delhi. She remains a consultant for the luxury label, playing an integral role in building the label’s growing network in the region.
Chawla, an experienced retail and manufacturing entrepreneur, began her career working as a marketing representative and correspondent for national daily newspaper the Indian Express. Chawla looked after the publisher's four magazines following her graduation from university with a Bachelors in Commerce.
Having launched a leather crafting business and bric-a-brac boutique in Calcutta, Chawla moved to Dehli in the late 1990s, where she launched her own leather goods exporting company. Chawla eventually secured orders from the likes of Jimmy Choo, Zara and Harrods. The business continued for over fourteen years, during which a chance encounter with Regis Rimbert, former general manager of LVMH in West Asia and India, saw Chawla being approached by Dior to act as a brand ambassador and work on press and communications.
Leaving her post at Dior in 2016, Chawla launched her e-commerce fashion platform, Lulu and Sky with business partner Tina Antoniades.