Born and brought up in the epicentre of heritage & culture, Raghavendra Rathore is India’s foremost name in Luxury Men’s Wear. His Royal lineage and 1200 years of family history construct the very foundation of his brand and creative calling. From his hometown, Jodhpur, stems each and every thread of inspiration that forms the very back bone of the “Raghavendra Rathore Jodhpur” brand. Driven by a holistic vision of luxury and inspired by the old world regalia of Rajasthan in India, the offering is classic with clean and modern sensibilities, cutting across the borders and corners of the world.
After completing his formal education from the Parsons School of Design, Raghavendra Rathore, worked in Manhattan under Oscar de la Renta and Donna Karan, before launching his own label in 1994. The Rathore Jodhpur brand was the genesis of a beautiful ongoing journey of fashion and lifestyle design.
In 2012, the Government of Rajasthan honoured him with the Chief Minister’s award for excellence.
Internationally, Raghavendra Rathore has been recognized for his contribution to Global Fashion, for placing the quintessential Jodhpur Badhgala Jacket, on the fashion map. It is now globally accepted as an iconic piece in fashion history from Jodhpur, having found its niche among gentlemen’s wardrobes worldwide.
“The Gurukul School of Design’s vision is unique, as are the partners who choose to join in bringing about a change in how design is taught in India, we need a revolution in how graduating students can change the landscape by bringing an entrepreneurial spirit with good understanding of design while using local and global resources.” Raghavendra Rathore

A perfect partner to Raghavendra Rathore’s initial vision, the global jewellery house from Jaipur, Amrapali has put its might behind the initiative and is now a partner in the creation of a world class design school in Jaipur. Coming together they will take the cause of design to a next level through the Gurukul School of Design.
Mr. Rajiv Arora has had a long standing commitment in supporting the arts and crafts sector, and comes on board at a point where Rajasthan is being seen by the global community as a meeting place of sorts for young talent. Gurukul School of Design aims at moulding the next generation of designers, by empowering them to take a 360 degree all-encompassing view of design. GSD will not only bring together the technical factors but encourage the young minds to incorporate what they learn into a local, global and social context, amalgamating the heritage of the local landscape with design culture around the world.
Amrapali Jewellers (Jaipur) entry into the venture will give emphasis to jewellery design enhancing the bandwidth of GSD which has positioned itself to produce top line designers for the next generation. Mr. Arora, a social and cultural activist and champion entrepreneur, known for co-founding the Amrapali Jewellery House (Jaipur), and chartering it from a local brand to a global name, will bring a fresh hemisphere to this initiative. This common understanding between both the partners, for the requirements of future designers, forms an integral part of the GSD backbone that will allow this partnership to resonate the value of our heritage and culture through a platform of education.