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Lives Less Legal: Ex-Trilegal lawyer shirts the law as retail entrepreneur

Kabra: Getting shirty post-law and loving it
Kabra: Getting shirty post-law and loving it
Driven by entrepreneurial ambitions former Trilegal associate and Amity Law School pass out Vibhuti Kabra found her true calling by starting up boutique The Shirt Cafe in Delhi, charting an alternate career path to law.

After graduating in law in 2006, Kabra worked as a corporate lawyer at firms such as Seth Dua before joining Trilegal where she specialised in infrastructure projects-related work until last year.

In January 2010 she decided to follow her real passion, she tells Legally India, which was to make a mark in the fashion world. Only 10 months later she started an exclusive store for women in Delhi’s Defence Colony selling shirts of all kinds and variety in November.

She recounts she was partially inspired by simply seeing lawyers and how they dressed - “they wear shirts, right?” – and her future plans include rolling out workwear, casual, semi-casual and Friday evening and Saturday shirts, as well as eventually going into business suits and customisation for men.

“While I was doing law, I was happy, but later on due to difficulty in striking a work life balance and the drive to do something of my own, I took a leap of faith and decided to take my life on to another level,” says Kabra.

She adds that there are many young people, some of them lawyers, who have dared to look beyond their pay cheques to follow their passions.

“Some have started their own practice and others have all together left the profession to become entrepreneurs, social workers, linguists, etc. I think all these stories are tales of inspiration, dreams and determination, and definitely worth a hear,” Kabra argues.

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, she says, the hurdles were few and the option of ever returning to the legal profession seems very dim at the moment.

As a part of her larger scheme of professional endeavours, Kabra hopes to be able to appeal to the fashion sense of lawyers too, of whom she already has plenty as clients.

Welcome to Legally India’s new Lives Less Legal series.

If you are living an extraordinary life outside the law, manage to do so side-by-side with it or know someone who does please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

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