A Derbyshire fashion designer who founded one of the biggest independent clothing brands in the UK has been approached to make a T-shirt for his idol – mega music star Rihanna.
Dhillan Bhardwaj, who set up fashion label Ratchet Clothing when he was just 16, told the Derby Telegraph how all his dreams have come true after he was asked by the Umbrella star’s uncle to make and design her a bespoke item after being impressed with his work.
It is another remarkable success story for the 21-year-old, whose fashion business, based in Long Eaton, has made at least one million pounds since its launch five years ago.
Mr Bhardwaj set up the firm after leaving John Flamsteed Community School, in Denby, with hardly any GCSEs or qualifications to his name.
Fashion designer Dhillan Bhardwaj is over the moon to have made a t-shirt for his idol – Rihanna
Since then, Ratchet Clothing has gone on to record phenomenal success in the fashion industry, with clothes made and designed by Mr Bhardwaj being seen worn publicly by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and Zara Larsson.
A huge Rihanna fan, Mr Bhardwaj said it was an absolute honour to have been approached and beyond his wildest of dreams.
“When I was asked I felt so overwhelmed,” he said. “To have the family of such a big star like Rihanna ask for a bespoke item is such an honour. I was told she would wear it if it was a bespoke item and not anything made before.
“I didn’t care what she wanted, I’d make anything for her.
Pictured is the T-shirt which Dhillan Bhardwaj has designed
“I made about ten designs but the one I chose seemed to get such a good response on social media.To get a picture of her wearing would be the icing on the cake for me – but the fact she’s just received it means so much.
“A friend of mine used to live in Barbados (where Rihanna is from) and is good friends with her uncle. He then approached me saying Rihanna wants a bespoke item. I couldn’t believe it.”
Mr Bhardwaj said he did not know if Rihanna had worn the T-shirt yet but said he was hopeful of getting a picture in the near future of her wearing it. The entrepreneur is also spending his time at schools encouraging youngsters to go out and explore their full potential.
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This is something that means a lot to Mr Bhardwaj as he is keen to help others, especially those who are in the position he faced as a teenager.
He added: “What I say to them is that anything is possible. From somebody who failed all their GCSEs and dropped out of college – the world is your oyster and only you can change.”
A couple of years ago, he had tea with the-then Prime Minister David Cameron to talk about his success and how he helps to inspire youngsters to follow their dreams.
For more information about Ratchet clothing, visit its Facebook page here.
Source: Derby Telegraph