About Ibhana

Ibhana's mission is to provide high quality fashion and the best personal service to our clients to help them create their personal style; and to promote and support programs that empower others.


Message from the Founder

Dear friends of Ibhana,
 
Welcome to the Ibhana boutique! I hope you are doing well in spite of the current challenging times. The Ibhana team and I are here to offer you top quality fashions and help you find the perfect looks for you.  We hope you enjoy our new online store and look forward to welcoming you to the store sometime soon.  We invite you to sign up for our newsletter to join our rewards program for special deals and events. Sign-up here to receive our promotional communications. 

At Ibhana, we strive to provide the best customer service and the timeless fashions you have come to expect from us. Our greatest asset has always been you, our customers, who have stayed loyal to us for over 18 years. I thank you for your patronage and support! 

If this is your first time here, thank you for visiting and we hope to earn your trust and appreciation. You can email me directly at ibhana1@gmail.com or call 301-219-7808 for help in finding an outfit for a special event or solve a wardrobe challenge.

Surround yourself with good design to bring spiritual well-being and joy into your life.

Sincerely,
Meena Tharmaratnam
Founder and Director

Ibhana's Story

Ibhana Creations is a culmination of three loves: design, textiles and people.

Ibhana was founded in 2002 when Meena returned from a trip home to India with 100 beautiful cashmere and silk pashmina shawls. It was the year the pashmina became popular in America.  She sold all 100 in the first week to a local store, came home and designed her business card.  Next month she quit her job at Lockheed Martin and launched Ibhana Creations.

Two years later, she attended a seminar sponsored by the Rockville Department of Economic Development on how to write a business plan and submitted her plan for REDI's first STARTRIGHT competition. in 2004, Meena won the competition for the best business plan and months later Ibhana took new directions. Winning that competition followed by a runner's up for the National Women's Business competition started the Ibhana journey of figuring out what women wanted and the eternal search for the best products for Ibhana's clients. 

Many trips to the Small Business Development Center in Rockville, the National Women's Business Center and Small Business Administration in Washington, DC, and with the help of her SCORE mentor and with the constant support and encouragement from friends and customers-who-became-friends, Meena started her new journey into the world of entrepreneurship. It wasn't an easy path but yet very rewarding!

In 2004, The product line expanded from shawls to become a full-fledged apparel and accessory retail boutique. Today Ibhana offers some of the best brands and designer clothing in the Washington Metropolitan area. Designers include Canadian and American lines offered by Joseph Ribkoff, IC, Samuel Dong, Tianello and Papillon Blanc. 

Ibhana also designs signature scarves to support nonprofits and charities with their fundraising. Click here to check out Ibhana's Power of a Scarf Story to view the portfolio of scarves designed for different organizations. Meena hosts trunk show events and presents fashion shows at the home/showroom or at off-site locations to help nonprofits fundraise for their missions. During COVID-19 these events have been on hold but we hold to resume them as soon as possible. 

 

Our Products

Ibhana offers exquisite clothing, (dresses, pants, tunics, raincoats, fleece wear) and caters to customers sizes 2 through 20.  We focus on travel friendly, wrinkle-free clothing that is easy to care for. We offer a selection of timeless apparel and accessories for the distinguishing woman looking for comfortable fits in trendy fashions from a curated collection of designers picked by us. Our apparel offers you true to size fits, easy to care fabrics for casual daywear and special events. Our jewelry designers are curated to offer you beautiful, unique art wear which is timeless and always evokes a compliment.  
 

Our Events 

  • History of the Paisley Shawl: Meena presents a slide-show/lecture A History of the Paisley Shawl, followed by a demonstration on How to Accessorize with Shawls and Scarves.  
  • Fashion Shows: Meena presents and hosts fashion shows for different organizations to help you fundraising