The Malabar collective was born out of Orlene’s desire to bring people and communities from around the world together in a meaningful way.
For us, it’s about bringing people together - whether that’s friends and family round a pretty table or by traveling and meeting new people. Our primary core collection is based on just that: linens for your table and a dress that can take you from your gatherings at home to your jaunts around the world.
Orlene’s personal style of dressing is effortless, timeless, and practical. There is an elegance that comes from this ease, which is reflected not just in the way she dresses but also in the way she sets her table and entertains.
Orlene, grew up in Mumbai and spent her holidays traveling or at her grandmother’s home, barefoot among coconut groves and rubber plantations on the Malabar coast of southwestern India. Much of Orlene’s adult life was spent on the Upper East Side of NYC surrounded by beautiful smart women. It’s there that she learnt to dress, decorate, and create; the fusion between these two worlds is reflected in all Malabar Collective pieces and the brand’s ethos. Today, Orlene calls New York, Mumbai, Florida, and London home.
The Malabar Collective is a group of artisans, first time entrepreneurs, small business owners and lots of helpers who have come together to make this happen Every piece is created with joy and there is a person behind every step in the process who takes great pride in what he or she creates. We believe in being gentle on the planet; everything is made in small batches or made to order to avoid waste. Our goal is to be good to the environment and to the people that work with us.