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Bohemian Christmas

Tucked away in the bylane of Shahpur Jat, New Delhi, is a quaint store on the first floor, Olivia Dar. An eponymous contemporary bohemian luxury label was born in 2011. This labour of love originated from the lady’s travels and her desire to share the traditional artisanal crafts of India and Central Asia. Earlier one knew of her women’s accessories but today its her chic bomber jackets and upcycled gypsy vintage dresses which are creating ripples in the West.


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Jonas G at Les Parisiennes

A Fashionable boudoir presents Jonas G. – men’s natty clothing line,

on Wednesday 29th May, 2013.



Jonas is French, born and brought up in the picturesque southern France region. At the age of 20, while still studying Textile and Surface Design at the reputed La Martinière-Diderot College in Lyon, he travelled to Delhi to learn first-hand about Indian embroidery techniques. During this time, he spent three months in a small workshop, sitting and working beside master craftsmen who were handcrafting extraordinary pieces of jewelled embroidery for luxury Indian fashion labels.

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Traversing through the narrow lanes of Shahpur Jat, Delhi’s urban village, I  found an old restored haveli as Lila’s studio- a design outfit set up in late 2011 by an architect; minimalistic in appearance as well rich in craftsmanship. Drawing  inspiration from contemporary Indian design aesthetics,  the brand is an effort to simplify our rich visual culture.

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Second Floor Studio

This store in Delhi’s Khan Market surely knows how to attract curious onlookers….. Second Floor Studio makes a statement with aplomb. Its assortment of vintage and contemporary items egged me to look at everything twice over, as each one seemed apt for someone I know or a place in my environment.

As a woman, the first thing that drew my attention was the modern, yet timeless, costume jewellery by a Jaipur-based designer AKFD AnantayaEn Inde,whose pieces are industrially inspired and the nature’s motifs artistically crafted by Valliyan. These upcoming designers are seen sharing the limelight for being innovative yet traditional in their approach. Some other enterprising names here are Olivia Dar for her Peter Pan encrusted collars and belts Joli for their kitschy keychains, and Khamsa, Alecca Carrano and Cirare for their versatile and trendy bags and pouches: a clear deja vu of the glossy International fashion magazines featuring them on celebrities.

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