Fashion designer Anil Kashyap says he has no intention of going abroad.
Speaking to The Hindu in an exclusive interview on Thursday, the CEO of the iconic brand said he would be happy to return to India if she wanted him to.
“I think the decision to go back to India is a decision that is taken by my wife.
It is not mine,” he said.”
My wife has said that I would be willing to go and work with her if she wishes.
But I would not want to go out to the country.”
Kashyap, a former chairman of L’Oréal Paris, said he was not a fan of the term “women’s intimate apparel”.
“If I were to make a statement about my personal opinion, I would say it would be my personal preference,” he added.
Kashyaap’s comments come just days after US President Donald Trump’s controversial comments on the “women problem” and “misogyny” at home.
The comments from Kashyaps wife, Pradeep Kapoor, have also drawn criticism from many Indian media and human rights groups.
Kapoor, a veteran fashion designer who is known for his colourful clothes, said on Thursday that he would not be able to return as he would have to be “an expert in women’s personal fashion”.
“The issue is that the whole issue of women is a matter of debate.
I don’t have the time or resources to take a trip to India, or to have dinner with my wife,” he told the news channel ANI.
He also criticised Trump’s decision to cut funding for the US Institute of Peace, saying it was not about him, but about the women in his country.
“It’s a matter between myself and my wife, not the US government.
This is about women in India, not just women in the US.
It’s about women here and in the world,” he was quoted as saying.
Kishore Yadav, the head of the India-based NGO Women Against Violence Against Women, said that the comments were “deeply damaging” to women and girls in India.
“The fact that we have the highest number of female casualties on gender-based violence is a problem for all of us, not only in India,” Yadav said in a statement.
“This is a time when women need to have a voice, but also we need to show strength against violence against women.”
The women’s clothing brand was launched by Kashyapp in 1975.
It has more than 4,000 employees in 130 cities in the country.
The brand’s logo features a model with a headdress, a black robe, and an open-necked jacket with a red belt.
The brand was started in 1980 by a family of fashion designers.