By  on September 5, 2008

Both Babi Ahluwalia and her husband Sachin grew up in India — she in New Delhi, he in Bombay — in fashion families. (Her mom did kid’s wear, his designed women’s ready-to-wear.) Both were packed off to business school and, after graduating, headed to New York to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1993. Such similarities have obviously raised an eyebrow or two. “This really is not an arranged marriage,” offers Babi. “We just happened to be two souls who met here at school.” Still, their parents couldn’t have planned a better union.

For the past decade, the couple has run Ank, a successful textile business operated out of Sachin’s family’s factories in India. They specialize in embroideries and have built an impressive client list that includes Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani and Carolina Herrera. Three years ago, they put their fabrics to use in a home collection called Ankasa, now in 400 specialty stores, and opened their first store last year on New York’s Upper East Side.

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