Meet the maker: Ruchi & Karan Mehta – TMill
Meet Karan and Ruchi Mehta — a husband and wife team that does everything from product development, to marketing, and even business development for their beloved TMill - a company that blends art and fashion to produce fantastic quirky T-shirts.
It’s no secret that every business in the world, regardless how big or small, once had a rather humble beginning. What’s surprising though, is how many businesses are born thanks to that one brave soul looking to break the monotony of a mechanical office routine.
Ruchi and Karan, hard at play
Meet Karan and Ruchi Mehta — a husband and wife team that does everything from product development, to marketing, and even business development for their beloved TMill – a company that blends art and fashion to produce fantastic quirky T-shirts. “Well, not everything. We do have our subordinates who help us make our T-shirts, without whom there would be no TMill,” pipes a modest Ruchi, one half of the amazing duo that runs the show.
The Better Half – Ruchi
A BMM graduate with specialisation in advertising, Ruchi’s quite the jack of all trades. Apart from interning at a photography publication (she also holds a diploma in photography), she has worked as a creative producer, a voice over artist, an assistant director, a stylist, and more recently, as a preschool teacher. Throw freelancing as a candid photographer and an entertainment blogger for over five years into the mix, and it’s not really difficult to tell that she likes to keep herself busy! “Since a year, though, I’ve been working with Karan, and we’re bringing up TMILL, our first baby, together,” she says. A technical and creative duo, Ruchi says their aim is to make the kind of clothing they would love to wear themselves.
The Other Half – Karan
The other half of the duo is Karan Mehta, a commerce graduate who also holds a diploma in sound engineering. Fed up with the incessant routine of ridiculous schedules and long nights, he thought it best to start his own company, be his own boss, and finally have a (social) life. “TMill is the brainchild of my sister Shivani and I,” says Karan. “We built on the idea when we realised there weren’t many brands that offered the kind of quirky T-shirts we loved to wear. “The aim was to provide top-notch clothing, while at the same time present designers with a canvas to speak their mind — and just like that, TMILL was born.” Karan says they have talented and proficient freelance designers on board, whose designs are curated, and only if chosen, are they printed.
So far, so good. But what’s next for TMill?
“We create T-shirts for people who love to travel and watch movies and television shows. And of course, those who understand sarcasm and possess a good sense of humour!” says Ruchi. “Our immediate plan is to get more incredible designers on board — because quite frankly, the design is an important link that helps us connect to our customers. We also want to have our own online presence, and get the word out as much as possible.”
Karan signs off by adding, “Our long term plan, though, is to make the best quality clothing and bags for adults, children, and dogs — and to be a brand big enough to sell all over the world!”
They currently sell 100% cotton T-shirts starting at a more than reasonable price of Rs. 699 and Rs. 799, and have plans to introduce super comfy hoodies for the upcoming winter season as well.
You can learn more about TMill and their wonderful products on their page here.
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