Nikhil Hattiangadi, the second-generation proprietor of Finesse Embroideries, located on Eighth Avenue in New York City, died Monday at age 46. According to his brother Rohin, who also works at Finesse, the cause of death was a heart attack.
Finesse was established by the Hattiangadi brothers’ parents in 1978 and Nik, as Nikhil was known, and Rohin started working there full time in 1992. Clients have included Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Oscar de la Renta, with whom Nik was particularly close.
“Nik was one of those people who are not known to the broader fashion world, but probably should be,” said Alex Bolen, chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta. “I can’t overstate the contribution that Nik made to our designs. He was a tremendously creative guy. He solved Oscar, and, more recently Peter [Copping’s] design problems, and he also solved my production problems. He was just a lovely guy. We’re all heartbroken here and it’s very difficult to focus on anything else today.”
“Nik was very talented, very creative and very nice,” said Rohin. “It’s amazing how many people have responded already.”
A memorial service is planned for Aug. 8 at St. Hilda’s and St. Hugh’s in New York City.