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From hand-painted sneakers to Bollywood poster art, we scout out the best of Mumbai’s fashion and shopping scene.

A Magic Shop for Your Next Office Presentation
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:14


 

If we tell you that following the rabbit to a street called ‘Magician Chowk’ will lead to one of the inner lanes of Dadar, you’ll probably think our breakfast cereal was a little too rainbow this morning.

But exist it does, this street corner with an official granite chowky sign designed with a top hat and bunny, and in front of it a small magic store called Tayade’s Magic Shop.

 
The Politician's Travelling Tailor
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:40



Reams have been written about the Agasti family. They run a store in Bandra called MMM (Madahav’s Men’s Modes) that puts together many a politicians’ ensembles, even when all else in their lives seem to be unraveling. Since 1975, Madhav Agasti, the patriarch, has been dressing everyone from local corporators and MLAs to cabinet ministers, Prime Ministers and Presidents, including Pranab Mukherjee, Farooq Abdullah, Nitish Kumar, Sushil Kumar Shinde, Sharad Pawar, the late Bal Thackeray, among others.

Having just stitched up the many looks behind the Assembly elections, the Agasti family has launched a new service - The Travelling Tailor. This takes the bespoke menswear tailors out of the store and into your home, and even to your city outside Mumbai on request.

 
Dresses With Ants From Polka
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:51



What: Dresses with ants, Mexican embroidery and pineapples at Polka, view the Facebook page here, message them on Facebook or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order, online store in progress, prices range between Rs 2,300 and Rs 7,800.

Why: “Coloured threads become embroidered stories on our dresses,” says Poonam Agarwal, who wants you to be well-(th)read. A Parsons graduate who has worked in retail for many years, including designing custom jewellery for Bergdorf Goodman (NY), Poonam says Polka does daywear and will be an alternative to Zara. Along with her partner Anais Basu who worked at a French export house, they debuted a pretty line of linen clothes for women this month, hand embroidered with ants, pineapples, black hearts, roses and a Mexican pattern that Frida Kahlo would wear.

When: You want to stand out in the line(n) up.

 
Sponsored: Marquee by Vero Moda & Karan Johar
Monday, 13 October 2014 12:01


***This post is sponsored by Vero Moda***

Bringing the dazzle of showbiz to Vero Moda this season is filmmaker/producer/talk show host Karan Johar. In a collaboration that can only be sparkly as Diwali for women, the two have come up with the lovely Marquee.

This, an exclusive line available only through the month of October, features three capsule collections that go from dreamy to trippy to sexy in one eye full. View here!

There’s the Dreams in Ivory featuring pretty dresses, jackets and blouses in pastel shades. The Future Posh collection brings on the shimmer you need for the season’s festivities, while Kaleidoscope takes floral to a formal shade.

Match the Marquee Columns

So many parties, so little time. You barely have time to attend to your invitations, let alone find the appropriate ensemble for each. That’s where we come in. Just like a fine wine and cheese pairing, we’ve matched Marquee’s best pieces with what’s going in your life.

When You Want to Be Pretty As High Tea: Look like a rose macaron in this edible pink Ivory SL Dress, when you visit that new tea room in the city - there are just so many now. Pleated from the waist down and lightly sequined from the waist up, it will ensure you’re the centre of teatime conversation.

When You Want To Be a Beautiful Blur At Boozy Brunch: The Ivory SL Chain Dress is pretty enough to get you noticed at your friend’s pre-wedding brunch, but understated enough to ensure that the him and her do not feel upstaged. Plus, look how lovely the chain detailing is!

When You Want To Drink Away A Bad Day: Stash the Shimmer LS Blazer from the Future Posh collection in your office drawer. Silver cuts through weaves like lightning, perfect for when you want to throw it over your corporate black dress for many post-work drinks.

When You Want To Be Mistaken For Japan At Night: If Japanese cherry blossoms turned trippy and creeped on to a black dress, the Kaleidoscope dress would be it. Wear to new sushi bar or for your next Akira Kurosawa film marathon! Yes, that would not be strange at all.

When You Want to Lie On a Piano: The Shimmer Anna and Shimmer shine knee-length dresses are what you want to be wearing when you’re lying on a piano, pretending to be a flapper girl. Also works well if you’re just going to a regular ol’ nightclub with friends, but where’s the fun in that?

Besides these, our favourite collection picks, there are also blouses that rouche at the neck, blazers that bloom with flowers and dresses that shine like your eyes after receiving a good piece of news! Shop the full Marquee collection here!. View our slide show here!

Getting there: Visit www.veromodaindia.com/vero-moda-marquee/, buy online or at a Vero Moda store new you. Starts at Rs 2,000.

 
Sponsored: Midnight Shop at High Street Phoenix
Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:59


***This post is sponsored by High Street Phoenix*** 

The “festive season” isn’t an excuse you can give at the office to leave work early. High Street Phoenix and Palladium Mall get that. Which is why the mall + lifestyle hub will stay open longer now –11 am to 10 pm from Sunday to Thursday and 11 am to 11:30 pm from Friday to Saturday! 

High Street Phoenix has over 300 retails stores, plus restaurants, bars, salons and a comedy theatre. So there are a lot of different ways to spend the bonus time you just got!

Add to this musical acts by renowned artists at the Courtyard and Palladium Atrium. Shoppers can also participate in October Indulgence to win a staycation at Palladium Hotel. A shopping bill worth Rs 2 lakhs at any Palladium Mall store – if you’re wedding shopping, this is quite doable - will ensure a stay worth Rs 50,000 at the partner Palladium Hotel next door. That is exactly what you needed after carting all those heavy clothes around.

See you at the mall, midnight riders!

Getting there: Midnight Mall at High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, view the Facebook page here, follow them on Twitter on @GoPhoenixing and @PalladiumMum

 
Goodearth Gets New Flower Shop
Monday, 06 October 2014 10:00



If we gathered a bunch of our choicest people to make a bouquet, you’d definitely be in it. Bright as a tulip bulb, at other times shy as a spray of daisies, you’d always make someone’s day.

Think human bouquets are creepy? Turn instead to Goodearth, Lower Parel that will have its own fresh flower store shortly.

Hosted by Libellule, the fancy flower store you first saw bloom at Le Mill, these guys work with imported fresh flowers to create delicious, almost-edible arrangements. A few days ago, Goodearth’s Instagram feed featured Libellule bouquets reminiscent of Emperor Babur’s Samarkand. Considering Libellule has bouquets with names like Hortense Has Her Head in the Clouds, we’re excited to see the floral themes they come up with in tandem with Goodearth’s collections.

Be there when the ‘Couture Florist’ doles out arrangements that start at Rs 2,000. Suddenly the human bouquet doesn’t sound so creepy anymore does it?

Getting there: Libellule flower shop at 11/12, Goodearth, 1st floor, in the furniture section, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel, call24951954, start at Rs 2,000.


 
Designer Payal Khandwala To Open Colaba Store
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:57


After news of fashion designer Gaurav Gupta’s flagship store at Kala Ghoda, comes Payal Khandwala’s store that’s set to open in Colaba on the 16th of October.

The artist/designer’s space (in the same building as fashion store Bungalow Eight), will serve as part studio and part store. Expect what you’ve seen at Good Earth before – simple, solid coloured dresses, kurtas and tops with a focus on textiles – but also a whole lot of brand new.

For instance, Payal will be experimenting with prints for the first time (think geometric), and will also set up a section for silk saris and limited edition brocade pieces developed in collaboration with weavers in Banaras. Our hearts just skipped a pleat.

Store review on bpb soon!

Getting there: Payal Khandwala at Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road, above Bungalow Eight, Colaba. View her Facebook page here.

 

 
Designer Prints + Stationery By Nasha
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:41


What: Design by Nasha - print designer for some of fashion designer Payal Singhal’s prints, will make your stationery, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , view the Facebook page here, price according to customization.

Why: If you’ve been admiring the striking black Ottoman prints on designer Payal Singhal’s clothes, we found the graphic company that created them. Design by Nasha is based out of New York, but they’ll take orders for personalized stationery and not that we want to encourage it, but wedding cards too! And if you’d rather not do the distance, Nasha will be in Mumbai fromOctober 10-11 to do a pop up store. Ulterior motifs? Event details to be revealed on their Facebook page shortly.

When: You need to chart (paper) your schedule for October.

 
Order A Handmade Warship
Monday, 29 September 2014 23:26

Order A Handmade Warship

Ships with impressive sails to take you away, to breeze through a storm, and ensure you’re in fighting form.

Equipped with vessels for any kind of day you’re having is Rio Kapadia, an actor by profession, who handcrafts miniature wooden war ships, fishing boats and fleet ships for custom orders. Why ships? He leaves us with a slightly vague “I’ve always been fascinated by ships,” answer, launching into a dreamy state that never allows him to fully answer our question. If he has always been someone who likes “working with his hands”, he could have picked any DIY project. Why ships? “They just seemed like the most complicated thing to build at the time, and that’s where I wanted to start. Complicated,” he says.

In Ship Shape

With no formal training in art or design, Rio is completely self-taught “through the arduous process of trial and error”. Once he has an idea of the kind of ship he wants to build, he sets out sailing through markets to source material, from wood to the minute fittings he sometimes finds at an old button shop in Bandra. Building one vessel takes about 45 days, he tells us, a hobby that isn’t worthy of Mumbai’s brand of patience. “The most difficult part is actually storing these ships. There just isn’t any space to put them in my apartment anymore!”

An apartment where a wave hello will get you the low down on Rio’s shore…er show reel, and recollections of his parts in Chak De India and Dil Chahta Hai. All this while he points to the odd self-built furniture piece and refers to his latest sketch.

Sale Away

Rio hopes that with the ship he builds you, you will start to appreciate objects that are constructed by hand. “Every time I cut a piece of wood that’s too big, I have to redo the entire process - saw, scrape, sandpaper and polish for about 250 to 350 pieces per ship. The math has to work out perfectly. ”

If you ask nicely though, Rio will take a custom order and tweak designs based on your requirements and likes. “Promise to be patient, though,” he says.

We nod, thinking of our dreamboat, with a large wooden deck and puffy sails to drift into the sunset with.

Getting There: To order, call Rio Kapadia at 9821181520, prices start at Rs 10,000, approximately 45 days for manufacture and production of each ship.

 
A New Site For Boys, New Shoes for Girls
Monday, 29 September 2014 23:26

For Girls: Charlotte Olympia Comes To Bandra

Considering this writer has two vinyls, a wooden barrel, a heart and a hand that all masquerade as bags, she’s always been a big fan of Charlotte Olympia. The British luxury bag and shoe brand that constructs heart-shaped platforms and turns Chinese take out boxes into inspiration for bags, is now available at the Kitsch store at Bandra 190!

So there’s no Chinese Take Me Out Bag or flamingo shoes here, but there is a corner of fun accessories to start with. The collection includes the Fantastic Dolly Suede Fan Tassel Pump; the Shanghai Express heels that resemble blue and white Chinaware; their trademark Kitty & Co flats; and a pair of gold ones that looked too generic to hang with these odd balls. The bag collection is also small, a fistful of see-through box clutches with spiders for clasps. Bandra bugger?

Getting there: Kitsch at Bandra 190, Turner Road, Bandra (W), approx. Rs 60,000 for a pair of Kitty & Co shoes.

For Boys: BroCode's Cuff Love

If picking out accessories is akin to slow death, The Bro Code is here to ensure that the noose around your neck is a stylish one. A new e-store for men, TheBroCode.in stocks cuff links, neck ties, bow ties, lapel pins and pocket squares.

The variety isn’t huge – thetiebar.com has a lot more and takes approximately the same amount of time to ship – but give this newly launched website a chance. If you’re over the gimmicky cufflinks widely available these days, check out the more grown up silk knot cufflinks, the White Swish bowtie and the silver tie clips.

We’re making (g)room for a more dapper you.

Getting there: Visit thebrocode.in, Rs 500 for a bow tie, free shipping on all orders, dispatched in 48 hours.

 
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