A native of Toronto, Pari Desai studied traditional tailoring and millinery before starting her career as in-house designer at one of the last knitting factories in North America. Her experience working directly with craftspeople and technicians sparked an interest in custom textile development, which remains a creative focus.

Pari designed for TSE and Calvin Klein in New York before heading to Los Angeles to lead knitwear design for several years at A.L.C. In 2014, she launched her eponymous collection.