MALTA | Charles & Ron x Khushboo

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Charles & Ron have created a look of Woolmark certified wool crepe, with a full, floor-length skirt embellished with beaded appliqué Maltese door-knockers. The coordinating blouse features Maltese lace, and a Maltese hand-tooled leather belt completes the look. The Maltese doorknockers were designed by Charles & Ron, then sent to Khushboo in Mumbai. Khushboo is a 24-year-old woman who oversees the creation of beading and embellishments through her network of local artisans. She will select the craftsperson most suited to the various projects commissioned by Charles & Ron, then ensure that the quality is in keeping with the brand’s high standards.

Charles & Ron

Showing all over the world, as well as in Malta, Charles & Ron’s eponymous brand has a distinctive signature style that’s often described as Mediterranean. That translates to sunny, carefree and fully dedicated to having a good time, but what also comes guaranteed is a playful elegance and unfaltering quality. A fascination for fashion was learned by Charles van Maarschalkerweerd when he was a child, from his family of Maltese dressmakers. Ron van Maarschalkerweerd, on the other hand, had a background in economy and human resources management, but that didn’t stop him joining forces with Charles in Malta to set up their label. Maltese culture is integral to the brand DNA; national motifs are often used in fabric designs and embroidery, and traditional craft, like Maltese lace, appear regularly in the duo’s creations.

Khushboo

Khushboo helps to run a charity for homeless children, through a café / library set up by Amin Sheikh. The pair, who were previously street children themselves, use the café as a way to help feed and educate the kids. Charles & Ron have been supporting the venture for some time, and gave Khushboo an internship at their Maltese HQ last year, to teach her about the various crafts employed in their atelier. Back in India, Khushboo sources artisans to create bespoke pieces for Charles & Ron’s collections. The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange gown is scattered with beaded motifs that were supervised by Khushboo.

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