A fashion Designer from Tampa, FL who completed her fashion Designing from New Delhi, India and also completed an Economics degree studying at University of South Florida and University of Missouri.
After several years, her desire for fashion design still remains and she is now actively pursuing her art; and has been creating new designs and collections. With a passion for creativity that started when she was only a child, she continues to explore possibilities with and has enormous love for textiles, textures, intricate embroidery, batik prints, block printing, screen-printing and mirror work.
She also launched her label – KalaXpress – (The origin of Kala (Art) according to Sanskrit scholars is derived from the word ‘Kal’ which means beautiful or which gives pleasure. Kala is a Hindi (language spoken in India) word which means expression of human creative skills and imagination).
She wants to show how beautiful things are in all parts of the world. She believes that one should always dress to express – express yourself, your feelings or your mood for the day. She is always creating designs that give a wearer a sense of confidence and power. Simply then – from the combination of these two thoughts comes the word ‘KalaXpress’. Having an own clothing line is a dream come true and a huge accomplishment for her.
Her clothes and designs derive inspiration from diverse cultures and include a various blend of design elements from around the world. Perhaps the most significant aspect to her designs is simply the affordability of these collections. Striving to provide value in tough economic times, Sumita expresses a good connection between the wearer and the clothes.
Sumita grew up in India, very near to where our Home of Hope resides today. Though she was born to successful, loving parents, she witnessed poverty all around her. She always knew she would grow up to help the underprivileged in some way. Sumita is leveraging her success to help fund One Life to Love’s programs. She holds an annual fundraiser fashion show to benefit the children we serve.