The land of Jaipur brims with a magnificent past that is engulfed with a rich and colourful vibrancy of heritage structures and majestic palaces. This royal city, with a history of several traditional arts and crafts, serves as a threshold and muse to many folks.
The founders of Trunks Company have fallen for its charm as well. Brother-duo Priyank and Paritosh Mehta have this to say about Jaipur’s role in their journey: “Jaipur has been a source of continuous inspiration for Trunks Company since its inception. Be it the lavishness of the leather and suede used in the making, the assortment of colours, or the special purpose for which a trunk is crafted, it all derives its inspiration from Jaipur and its aura.”
So what is Trunks Company known for? Trunks Company creates bespoke, handcrafted trunks that can treasure cherished possessions and memories. Their sole concept revolves around altering vintage, regal trunks that were used as premium accessories of royalties into coveted, personalised pieces of art that can be used for different purposes.
They are equally concept-driven and functional in their usage as much as they evoke old craftsmanship. They symbolise six self-explanatory concepts: Bar, Dressing & Make-up, Entertainment, Precious, Travel and Treasure.
Inspired by the diverse culture of Jaipur, brothers Priyank and Paritosh Mehta along with an ardent Parisian designer Livio Delegues collaborated to revive an heirloom that has been long-lost in the royal history of the 19th and 20th centuries – trunks. Trunks Company has evolved this legacy to fit a contemporary lifestyle to cherish possessions and moments of perfection. Together with their team of skilled artisans and French design sensibilities, they handcraft custom-made trunks for generations.
In 2012 the trio decided to give trunks a novel definition and a resurrection from its past associations. They say, “Few years ago, the inspiration from the rich culture of Jaipur intrigued us and Livio into the creation of a craft close to emotions, of timeless grandeur. We followed our instinct and together with our research, eye for detail, expertise of leather craftsmanship and ingenious design sensibilities, indulged in the art of trunk making.”
Handling the creation and development department of Trunks Company, Priyank, with a post-graduate degree from Symbiosis University plays a vital role in lending a majestic touch to this brand. While Paritosh’s Honors in Business & Management from UK helps him understand the market sensibilities, the clients and their needs to create a cult following for the brand.
The essence of their journey is to transform trunks into a lifestyle concept; thus changing their status from a mere travel accompaniment to a statement piece destined for cherishing one’s treasure. They meticulously handpick the raw materials such as fine quality leather, suede, wood and brass hardware from the finest sources worldwide.
Each trunk is a result of 400 man hours by skilled craftsmen who work on trunks at different stages. From sanding down a piece of wood, finishing process of leather, carving, stitching of leather, to hammering the nails, every aspect is handled with detailed care. Paritosh adds about the handiwork of the artisans, “Our trunks are crafted by passionate artisans from different parts of India who are well trained to handicraft trunks with great prudence and virtuosity, refining their craftsmanship expertise and knowledge which passes from generation to generation.”
The trunks are priced Rs.40,000 onwards, varying with customisation. There is a technical team that offers services to patrons during installation to avoid hassles in functionality and they can also be summoned on a chargeable basis post-delivery.
As of now, their travel trunks are sold online, while those interested in other categories can place an enquiry on their website. For those looking to experience the products in real-time, can check out the Sabyasachi store in New Delhi and Simone Naturally Inspired in Mumbai. Trunks Company is also setting up their very own store real soon in the regal city of Jaipur, the city that made it all happen.
Text By Rehana Hussain
Address: TRUNKS COMPANY
44, Lane #4,
Kartarpura Industrial Area,
22 Godown, Jaipur – 302 006,