Inside the ‘Unapologetically Feminine’ Hamptons Home of Venture Capitalist Anu Duggal
The Female Founders Fund founder created a summer retreat in Water Mill that pays homage to the power of women
By | Photographs by Kelly Marshall for The Wall Street Journal June 17, 2021 12:00 pm ET
When Anu Duggal designed her waterfront home in Water Mill, N.Y., she filled it with female-centric touches. A so-called Ladies Library, wallpapered in dusty rose, features a curation of books by and about women like Jane Austen, Eleanor Roosevelt, Coco Chanel and Lady Bird Johnson. Ms. Duggal hung framed vintage Jantzen women’s bathing suits that she believes are from the 1920s and 1930s on the walls. She hung bright floral wallpaper by the likes of Gucci and de Gournay in shades of pink and purple, and in patterns featuring flowers and birds.
Ms. Duggal, 41, said she wanted her house to be a sort of physical embodiment of her passion for female success. As founder of the Female Founders Fund, a venture-capital firm that exclusively invests in female-founded technology companies, she said she is already using the house to host groups of female entrepreneurs at the property for retreat-style brainstorming sessions.
The home is also inspired by Ms. Duggal’s Indian heritage. All of the bedding is custom designed and made using a block printing technique in India, and she displays maps of Indian cities like Kochi and Mumbai and snippets of poetry by Rupi Kaur, an India-born Canadian poet known for posting short pieces of visual poetry on social media.
In the primary bedroom, a piece by Ms. Kaur speaks to the power of a woman as she ages. It reads: “they convinced me i only had a few good years left before i was replaced by a girl younger than me….i do not come with an expiration date.”
Ms. Duggal was born in India but grew up all over the world thanks to her father’s work in global finance. She lived in Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and New York and later studied in Paris and London. In her 20s, she spent time in the culinary world, attending cooking school in France and then opening a wine bar in Mumbai. She later made her bones in the tech world as a co-founder of Exclusively.In, a flash-sale site for fashion, jewelry and home décor by Indian artisans. The website was sold to Myntra.com, an Indian e-commerce company, in 2012 for an undisclosed amount.