Thursday, November 4, 2010
Waris Singh Ahluwalia (वारिस सिंह अहलुवालिया) in Stripes
Waris Singh Ahluwalia (वारिस सिंह अहलुवालिया); b. Amritsar, Punjab, India, 1975) is an American Sikh jewelry designer and actor.
Waris immigrated with his family to the US at the age of five, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He is based in New York City but has also lived in LA and travels frequently to Italy, Japan and Rajasthan, India, where most of his jewelry is made. He sells his jewelry through his company, House of Waris, and has collaborated with the fashion designer Benjamin Cho. House of Waris came into being after the owners of Maxfield's in LA noticed Waris's elaborate diamond rings and placed a large order, which sold out.
In addition to his work in jewelry, he has had a number of small roles in films, most notably by those of his friend Wes Anderson, and in commercials.