As an ode to her late maternal grandmother, Jeena Chopra, Founder of She Walks The Sea, decided she was going to use saris to create her collection. The result? Modern silhouettes, ranging from bandeau tops to mini dresses, with bold, embroidered fabrics. Pieces you see in photos on her website and immediately start dreaming of all the places you want to wear them. By pulling inspiration from her time spent healing at the beach, she created a line that was not only trendy and cool but also filled with one-of-a-kind pieces that can’t be found anywhere else.
To hear all about her inspiration, brand backstory, and upcoming collection, we spoke with Chopra. Read on for everything you need to know about She Walks The Sea.
Tell us about how you decided to establish She Walks The Sea?
“My love for fashion began early on in my childhood. I was notorious for nearly three outfit changes per day and I loved playing dress-up. It was always a dream of mine to have my own clothing line one day. After going through some major life changes, I found healing at the beach and near the ocean. This became my biggest inspiration for She Walks the Sea and my first collection, Golden Hour. Once I had this concept and vision, I wanted to challenge myself and bring She Walks the Sea to life. With a lot of gratitude for my support system along the way, I was able to do so.”
How would you describe the brands aesthetic?
“Ethereal, feminine, exclusive, and unique. Because all of the pieces are one of one, you will never have to worry about showing up to an event with the same look as someone else and you will absolutely stand out. I also love that these pieces can be worn an infinite amount of ways.”
What is the inspiration behind designing luxury resort wear and how did you decide to use fabrics sourced from India?
“I have always been an ocean girl at heart and wanted to create something that emulated that while disrupting the fashion space and filling a gap in the market. I had never seen a brand use Indian sari’s to create their pieces and I felt as if it fit my vision perfectly. The fabrics are soft, silky, and vibrant – just like the sunrises and sunsets over the ocean.”
How did you come up with the idea to use Indian saris?
“I love this question and love the answer even more. It’s an ode to my roots and my late maternal grandmother. I had a dream I was sewing her saris to make an outfit — when I woke up, I immediately got working on vision boards to bring my dream to life. A cute backstory – my dad used to own Indian jewelry stores in California and I found the fabrics I use for my pieces next door to his old jewelry store at a small family-owned sari shop.”
Is there anything you are currently working on that you’re excited about?
“So much in the works— designs for next season and celebrating She Walks the Sea’s first birthday! I am full of gratitude for where this brand has taken me and all of the sweet angels I have met along the way that support me.”