Designer – Actor House of Waris
Waris Ahluwalia has followed the rhythms of his own peripatetic life, and landed on the shores of some enchanted land, where you can do anything you fancy, and all of it seemingly well. All of Ahluwalia’s wandering and exploration have turned him into a sort of “renaissance adventurer,” one who, on the one hand, makes glorious, luxurious, bohemian jewels and, on the other, stars in movies both big and small (from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited to The Inside Man). He collaborates thither and yon with this one and that one (like the panty line he did for Yoox.com or diamond collaboration he did with Forevermark), gets profiled in the grooviest online places (mrporter.com, theselby.com, thesartorialist.com and the list goes on), and shows up at so many creative happenings that you can get a creative royalty contact high just from perusing the photos of his gallivanting about.
Ahluwalia is an unlikely creative (and proof, if any is needed, that we are born as who we are). He comes from a family of academics. Born in Amritsar, India and raised in New York from the age of four, Ahluwalia wasn’t exposed to the arts as a child. Nurture cannot explain what he has become. But somewhere in his late teens, the stamp on his soul made itself known. He was drawn to creativity and, by his late 20’s, he was ready to make the leap, headlong, into the creative life. And what wonders he creates.
Ahluwalia is the owner and designer of House of Waris, the aforementioned jewelry line and 2009 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominee. Like so much in his magical, dream vision of a life, House of Waris happened by happy accident. While shopping in the L.A.’s cutting edge boutique, Maxfield, the store’s buyer admired Ahluwalia’s rings — one-offs he’d designed for himself — and placed an order on the spot.
In his 2011 interview with Vogue Italia, Ahluwalia said of himself, “I’m an explorer.” It’s evident in the way he moves through the world, making this and inhabiting that, like a snake who perpetually slides into and out of new skin.
1. Ahluwalia is the owner and designer of House of Waris.
2. All of Ahluwalia’s wandering and exploration have turned him into a sort of “renaissance adventurer,”.
3. He had starred in movies both big and small (from The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited to The Inside Man).