Zankhna Parekh

After a successful career as a physical therapist for over 10 years, our CEO and Creative Director, Zankhna Parekh decided to pursue her first love – fashion. A completely self-trained woman, Zankhna started designing clothes when she was 14 years old, and established Zankhna Designs in 2013. She is a role model and inspiration for young women entrepreneurs everywhere who want to follow their dreams and start their own business.

Zankhna Designs caters to strong, powerful, go-getter women who at the same time want to be fashionable. She felt there was a need in the luxury space for elegant, timeless clothing made of pure and rich fabrics with hand done embroideries that cater to such trailblazing women.

A global citizen, Zankhna was born in India and brought up in Kenya where she spent the first 17 years of her life. She subsequently moved to America to pursue further education. Her designs have international flair, influenced by her three different geographical backgrounds and varied cultural upbringing.

Zankhna has dressed many celebrities both locally and internationally. Her designs have been featured and graced the covers of multiple magazines and print media. She has appeared on The Wendy Sloane Show, WNCN Raleigh, and Celebrity Corner on the Dorothy on TV Show. She also serves as an on-camera talent for the website eHow.com, which has more than 100 million visitors every month. She served from 2008 to 2010 as a Glambassador and Style Council member for Glamour magazine and has attended prestigious fashion shows and events around the country and all over the world. She has been able to dress many celebrities both locally and internationally.

A super mom of three kids, Zankhna knows what it takes to nurture a family and head a Company at the same time. She is also an active philanthropist and co-founder of the Parekh Family Foundation, a non-profit which supports global education, research and missionary medical aid. Zankhna resides in Durham, NC with her husband and three beautiful kids.



Zankhna Parekh

Zankhna Designs' caters to strong, confident, empowering, and trailblazing women, who still want to be effortlessly stylish while putting cracks in the glass ceiling. We consider it an absolute privilege to dress real life women and everyday heroes that deserve recognition.

Our latest collection, Zaftan™ caters to the modern, on-the-go, stylish trailblazing woman who wants to be effortlessly trendy! Zaftan™ is a modern twist on the traditional Kaftans, carefully cut and styled to suit the fashion needs of generation x, y and Z, hence the name Zaftan™. This limited collection is made of pure silks and rich fabrics with all hand done embroideries – a classy and luxurious collection that is timeless.  

Zankhna Designs is a socially conscious and pro-green company. We believe in giving back to our community, recycling unused fabrics, producing elegant and timeless clothing that is not disposable fashion hence decreasing our footprint on this earth, we never use products tested on animals, we follow ethical trade practices and ensure all employees receive fair wages.