Raju and Simran first met in Bangkok before getting married two years later, they now live in Dubai with their two children. Raju was raised in India and moved to the Middle East at the age of 16, where his family has taken an active hand in building some of the cities’ most burgeoning industries, including textile and property development. His work on the Young Presidents Organisation is widely celebrated having set up the EO chapter. Simran, on the other hand, is viewed as one of the region’s tastemakers through both her own style choices and her talent in spotting brands right for the regional women – she has hosted numerous trunk shows for designers, such as Judith Leiber and Isharya. Together the couple are treasured members of their community.
One piece of advice I would give anyone: Keep spreading kindness.
Motto to live by: What goes around comes around.
Hidden talent: I love to sing.
Lifelong ambition: To have a fashion label.
Best childhood memory: A family cruise around Singapore.
One thing I can’t live without: My Blackberry.
Most loved fairy tale character: Rapunzel.
One thing that money can’t buy: Good health.
Most treasured belonging: My cocker spaniel, Trixie.
Heaven is to me: Tucked up in bed watching TV and never having to worry about my weight!
Most desired belonging: The first ring brought for me by my husband.
Early bird or night owl: Bit of both.
People I look up to: My mother and my husband.
How I like to relax: Eating cupcakes and playing with my dogs.
What do I collect: Good books and great recipes.
Best discovery: Teatoxing and Bounce!
Favourite book: The Fakir by Ruzbeh N. Bharucha.
Favourite meal: Home cooking.
Best home comfort: My pups waiting to greet me at anytime of the day.
Website I couldn’t live without: YouTube.
Favourite restaurant: La Serre Bistro.
Favourite place in the world: Definitely Dubai.
Favourite city: Los Angeles.
Favourite artistic expression: Gift wrapping.
Make-up must haves: Crème de la Mer concealer, Mac Prep and Prime and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks.
Signature scents: Love by Chloe, Dot by Marc Jacobs and Jour d’Hermes.
Go-to beauty brands: YSL, Shiffa, Mac, Crème de La Mer.
Best moisturiser: Shiffa’s Healing Balm.
Favourite hairstyle: Curls, and more curls!
Fresh faced or full glamour: Fresh faced.
Bad hair day product: Moroccan Oil.
Style icon: Queen Rania of Jordan, she has a rare combination of beauty, poise, style, intelligence and grace.
Describe your style: Elegant bling.
Best purchases: Pink bags and pink lipsticks.
Favourite designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Peter Pilotto, Missoni, Valentino and Oscar de la Renta.
Ultimate accessory: My husband at my side.
Most treasured wardrobe item: My Judith Leiber collection, especially the new Empress bag.
Heels or flats: Flats.
Favourite pair of shoes: Valentino Rockstuds and my sneakers.
Favourite past-time: Lazing around and watching the TV.
Beach or city break: Beach, The Maldives.
Favourite city: Los Angeles too!
Favourite time of the year: Autumn.
Gadget I can’t live without: Blackberry and my iPad.
Most used iPhone app: Bloomberg.
Favourite coffee: Cappuccino.
Best breakfast food: Eggs Benedict.
Watch TV or read: TV.
Favourite sport: Golf.
Favourite car: Bentley Continental GT Sport.
Best suit brand: Bespoke from Regal Stitch.
Go-to shoes: Tod’s.
Signature scent: Tom Ford.
Most worn watch: Patek Philippe.