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February 27, 2024

A day in the life of Christian Louboutin’s India Head, Anjali Gaekwar

Luxury begins right at home for Anjali Gaekwar, a member of the royal family of Baroda. A passionate golfer and a professional luxury retail guru, Gaekwar has been helming the Indian operations for French luxury Maison, Christian Louboutin for seven years.
From am to pm and office to home, LuxeBook presents to you the behind the scenes of the glamorous, professional life of Anjali Gaekwar.
7:30 to 9:30 am
I was never a morning person. I used to be a night bird, but lockdown has changed that. I wake up at 7.30 am. The first thing I do is meditate for some time and then eat my breakfast. The platter is cooked by my chef and it generally consists of porridge and fruits, but sometimes I end up taking the unhealthy course by savouring vada pav or something like that. So, it is a combination of a healthy and a cheat diet.
Anjali Gaekwar
I then start getting ready for work. I like to keep my work wardrobe effortless and simple. I usually pair a high-waisted or boyfriend jeans with a white t-shirt and sneakers. And on weekends, I like to wear the same look with more jewellery, accessories and a jacket.
In my wardrobe, one would find clothing, footwear and accessories from luxury brands, including Christian Louboutin, Massimo Dutti, Gap and Theory.
Then, I head out to work by 9.30 am, a 25-min drive away to my office.
10 am to 6 pm
After reaching office, I grab two cups of strong coffee, without which I just can’t function. Work starts at 10 am; reading through my emails, follow-ups, meetings and, sometimes, even travel in and out of town.
It is lunch time when the clock strikes 1 pm. I and the rest of the team sit together until 2 pm and gorge on yummy home-cooked meals. Then I am back to work, which goes on until 6 pm.
Anjali Gaekwar with Christian Louboutin, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and others

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Right after getting off work, I head home to get changed into my workout attire. I go to Orange Theory Fitness, a Florida-based boutique fitness studio in Kemps Corner, Malabar Hill.
I am loving my core workout routine currently, because I am trying not to get thin but to build strength. I spend about 1 hour doing high-energy exercises, from around 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
I have also been thinking to get back to playing golf, which I should start next month.
From 8:30 until the light are out…
After coming back home, it is all about unwinding and taking it slow. I eat my dinner by 8.30, which typically includes a Continental spread because I enjoy it a lot. Sometimes it is roast chicken, roast potato or fish in lemon butter sauce with roasted veggies. I don’t follow a specific diet. My mantra is to eat anything and everything.
If it is a weekend, I prefer to catch up with friends and family. I also love checking out new places and restaurants. Royal China is my favourite and since I am big on Japanese cuisine, I often head to Izumi in Bandra. During the lockdown, I explored a lot of home-made food delivery services in my bit to support local businesses.

Post dinner, I binge watch series and movies on Netflix or Apple TV. I’m even guilty of stretching my screen time till 1 or 2 am. I have just finished watching the Golden Globe winning comedy series Ted Lasso. When in a different mood, I spend time listening to music or podcasts.
Before I finally switch off the lights and hit the bed, I end my day with a skincare routine. One thing that I’ve never been able to control is my love for chocolates, especially in the night. That’s my true guilty pleasure!
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