The 1960s was the golden age of airlines. The well to do had the ability to travel the world, and as an employee of Eastern Airlines a young Shashi Singapuri had this ability too.
In 1964 Shashi established Shashi Inc. an import operation based in New York City. He would take a few thousand dollars to exotic locations and buy merchandise, which he then sold wholesale at trade shows in New York. He built strategic relationships in Singapore, Indonesia and China and soon began manufacturing his own line of clothing and jewelry.
Shashi Inc manufactured jewelry in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with showrooms in New York City and San Francisco. We've been featured on the cover a Vogue Magazine (a few times) as well as other fashion publications. Our use of hand-made cloisonné enamel, french hooks, and art nouveau inspired bohemian style helped to define jewelry for a generation.
Our Shashi Inc pieces represent Shashi's earliest designs. Preserved in vintage unopened packaging, Shashi pieces represent the earliest line in the Museum's collection.