We had the good fortune of connecting with Trishala Bhansali and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Trishala, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou.

I love this quote – it is a favorite AND an affirmation. I think it is applicable to so many industries and so many different kinds of people. It speaks to the power of dreaming. I think we all want to have a positive impact on the world and/or on the people around us, whether or not we acknowledge that and whether or not that impact is small or large. I also love that this quote addresses how lucky we are to be ABLE to impact others. That is truly a privilege. One idea, one dream, or even one act can have beautiful repercussions for those around you, and that encourages and motivates me.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Lekha is a lifestyle brand that I started back in 2018. I design everything in New Orleans, and work with female owned workshops and rural women’s empowerment groups in India to develop everything, using natural fabrics and non-toxic dyes. When we first started, I wanted the use the brand to develop a global community of women – ones who make and ones who wear, both engaging in something that connects us. This community has been growing and strengthening, and I couldn’t be more proud of that. The social impact that we have in rural India, however small it may be, is also something that pushes us forward, motivates, and excites. It has not been without challenges – with probably our greatest obstacle occurring at present during the current covid crisis/climate in India. That being said, patience, tenderness, and solidarity are all virtues of the brand, and I have no doubt that we will endure alongside our partners and artisans.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I don’t know Los Angeles very well, I’ve only visited twice! If I was in LA for a week, I would certainly take advantage of the excellent weather and access to terrain with Temescal Canyon hikes each day. Homestate for breakfast tacos, Apple Pan for burgers. I have a friend that owns the cutest plant shop called Sanso, and other favorite pitstops to shop are Buck Mason, and General Store. I’d love any recommendations though, it is so easy to lose track of time there! Each time we have visited, we carve out a couple of days for Joshua Tree and/or Palm Desert as well. 

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is to Sanyukta and Madhu in India, my family, and my community in New Orleans. I’d still be at my desk on the 28th floor without you.

Website: shoplekha.com

Instagram: @shoplekha

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trishala-bhansali-8b523140/

Image Credits
Garden and Gun Magazine (photo of me)

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