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I prefer small bags…..

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In the coming month I am going to try and list niche coveted brands in other countries which many of us would be visiting during our summer holidays. They’d be ‘must-haves’ if you like to keep a low profile, yet be wearing the best. Don’t waste your time if you like bling or enjoy logomania. And who better to begin with than Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex, after BOF talked about her becoming unarguably the most powerful fashion influencer in the world, by default, after marrying Harry.

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You can’t buy love but can buy handmade

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A nomadic lifestyle and simple living is aspirational for many, especially if it includes attributes such as openness, curiosity and meaningfulness…and the ‘Luxe’ quotient in it is the time well spent in discovering and exploring ideas.

Aditi Dhar, a Kashmiri, the designer of Vitasta (her middle name is also the Sanskrit word for river Jhelum, in Kashmir) is inspired by women who are freethinkers… with a strong sense of self, holding cosmopolitan views.

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Ethics+Aesthetics=Sustainable fashion

Choti Bag and Medium Clutch

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Choti Bag and Chindi Clutch

 

Joli was initially a collaborative effort of two close friends who were also designers – Jonas and Lili. It began from the apartment they shared in New Delhi. After drawing sketches and sourcing fabric for months, the duo decided to give up their full time jobs to set it up in 2010.

An urban line of unisex utilitarian accessories celebrated the soul of modern India. For over 3 yrs. their lines ranged from printed tote bags made of canvas, to weekend bags of fine leather, market bags of lungi fabrics, men’s shirts, colorful key rings, and more….all under the guiding ethos of their logo “Proudly made in India”.

In 2013, Jonas left to further his career while Lili took complete charge of Joli. (The name is a combination of both Jonas and Lili, which also means ‘pretty’ in french)  Since then, the accessory label has seen a sea-change. With a changed identity into something feminine, the label now also focuses on incorporating Indian crafts and recyclable materials.

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Follow that dream………….

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“Life comes out of chaos”statement made by Axelle reminded me of my exciting journey of finding niche labels….. generally of one leading to the other…. feels like a never-ending treasure hunt. Last year I arrived at a private sale, in which a fabulous children’s label Loulou des Indes was exhibiting (had featured them earlier) and thought it best to follow their trail for similar indie chic brands. That’s where I discovered this primarily leather crafted label Chandernagor– a name inspired by the French colony, now a quiet suburb of Kolkata, West Bengal, which was earlier known for its clean wide roads and elegant houses along the Hoogly river. Being French, Axelle Decamps and Noelline Besson(Indian origin) zeroed in on this very poetic name as it suited the sensibilities of the Europeans who fancy the exotic treasures coming from India.

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My leather fetish

I discovered vidhiandarpan a creative duo at the Dastkaar mela this January, in Delhi. Their leather accessories had a rustic yet a finished appeal, that now occupies the space between the global luxury brands and the normal high-street ones.Personally, their products represent somebody who is aesthetically inclined but with a pragmatic bent. When I saw the bags and wallets I loved the neon piping or the minimalist design approach to our everyday bags. Feels like I hit a jackpot as it represented my style helping me project my personality better………no nonsense, traditional and design oriented.

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