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

bpb Buy: The OK Go Unicycle
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:44

bpb Buy: The OK Go Unicycle

bpb Buy: The OK Go Unicycle

If you’ve seen OK Go’s awesome new(ish) video I Won’t Let You Down, you’ve probably been dying to test drive those neat unicycles.

They’re called Uni Cubs, they’re motorised and made by Honda, but as many publications have reported, they aren’t currently for sale

Meanwhile, your bum can bide time on this manual bright green unicycle we found at Party Hunterz in Bandra. With a small support handle by the seat and front training wheels, this is perfect for first time unicyclers.

You know how you’ve always been told that you should join a circus? Well, at least you'll be the best damn clown around.

Getting there: 69 Lilly Villa, opposite Candies, St Andrews Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), call 26438850, Rs 5,000.

 
Sponsored: Havaianas Pop Up At Bombay Shirt Company
Monday, 24 November 2014 11:46


***This post is sponsored by Havaianas***

This month, your feet will get a big kick out of the fact that Havaianas has set up its first pop up store at Kalaghoda!

The Brazilian flipflop brand will be retailing all this month at the handsome Bombay Shirt Company shop until December 25. Feet, shuffle along to see Havaianas debut their 2015 collection for men and women, one that comes in all the colours your heart desires.

Look for the new Flat style that combines the brand’s signature textured footbed with lightning bolts of metallic straps. Meanwhile, the Top and Slim variants for men and women feature fun prints. See particularly the pink pair with origami crane print; the shaded sunset beige-green pair with jelly straps and the lime green ones with gold metallic straps.

Buy a pair and team with Goa’s beach season or that music festival that’s queued up on your playlist.

Is that a skip in your step we see?

Getting there: Havaianas  Pop Up from November 24, 2014 to December 25, 2014 at The Bombay Shirt Company, no 3, ground floor, Sassoon Building, Rope Walk Lane, Kala Ghoda, Fort, call 40043455., see Facebook page here, follow them on Twitter @HavaianasIndia, start at Rs 980 onwards.

***This post is sponsored by Havaianas***

 
Sponsored: Vero Moda Marquee’s Nov Collection!
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 15:08

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

If December is the big fat party of the year, then November is where you wait in the wings. Silvery, not full blown glittery, the pre-bash to the big bash, the start of the wedding season, the faint clinks of champagne flutes and the almost here sound of the guitar.

Keeping you pretty in your wait is Vero Moda Marquee’s new November line. The second collection in the Karan Johar X Vero Moda collaboration (see the first one here), this one features two gorgeous capsules. The Hide & Seek sits in shades of grey and silver, crafted from satin and sheer and lace; while the Nocturnal Rendezvous takes the shine up a notch with an interesting pairing of sequins and flowers.

We floated through their silver lining playbook to find our favourite pieces for November.

1.Abil Lace Dress: A pretty calf-length dress with a baroque pattern that could belong on a chateau wall, this one is perfect for an office party.

2.Aza SL Top: Seemingly regular from the front, this top has a fun sheer back with interesting work.

3.Anita SS Dress: This slinky sheath looks like it walked straight out of The Great Gatsby.

4.Iconic Pants: Pin striped with glitter. Think Richard Gere’s suit in Chicago’s Razzle Dazzle, but for girls.

5.Muni Skirt: With no connection to the item song of the same name, the Muni Skirt appears like a silver mesh of sorts that ends in a tiny frill.

6.Mangti Top: A lush screen print of black, white and grey roses, this top is great when you want a bit of cheer without the excessive happiness.

7.Mangti SL Top: Black, red lining, grommets. We think you’re sold.

So wait pretty in November, and we’ll see you at the party next month with a brand new Marquee collection! Meanwhile, view this month’s slideshow 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.

 
bpb Buy: Mawi Necklace for Cheap
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:53



When it doesn’t work out with one heart, another one comes along.

That’s the shopping lesson we learned this week, when faced with a Rs 995 Mawi heart necklace, less fancy of course, but a skinny, let's-settle version of a 500 pound Mawi one our conscience passed up last year.

British brand Mawi launched a seriously well priced capsule collection of jewellery for Koovs on November 10, one that glitters with mixed metal and stone earrings, necklaces, rings and embellished bags that start at Rs 500.

We’re chamber made for this solo heart pendant hanging from a gold tone box chain with pretty clasps. Add this heart to your cart.

Getting there: See the collection on www.koovs.com/mawi, prices start at Rs 495 for a ring.

 
Shop Here: The Art Lounge
Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:21


What: Art supply shop - Art Lounge, 3 Jamshedji Tata Road, HP Petrol Pump, next to Ritz Hotel, Churchgate, call 22878787, see their Facebook page here, Rs 499 for a can of spray paint.

Why: Multicolored pencils in every hue, a brush for every view and all kinds of paint to make things new.
Welcome to Art Lounge, a tiny and tightly packed art supply shop sitting for a portrait between the petrol pump and the Ritz Hotel near Churchgate station. This art supply shop stocks a wide variety of water colour, oil, acrylic and fabric paints, along with spray paint cans, mural art paint tubes, brushes, papers and markers to solve every Dali dilemma. We walked out, with a few cans of spray paint, (feeling slightly bad ass), acquired just in time for the St+art Mumbai street art festival.

When: Now. (P)ain’t no mountain high enough.

 
TypeLit: Alphabet Lights
Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:09




What:
TypeLit, light-up wooden typography signs hammered and handmade by the Starting MondayDesign and Branding team, call 9820818698, price on request.

Why: Wooden planks with rustic nails hammered in the shape of alphabets are made prettier with fairy lights strung through. Inspired by the marquee font (think the Moulin Rouge sign), TypeLit is the latest offering by Starting Monday Design and Branding. Order a single letter, or if you have the space, go for an entire word or sentence. Bonus: look behind the sign to see fun details like how many nails were hammered in (they have the injured thumbs to prove it), the number of bulbs used and the total high-fives shared upon completion. This dazzling DIY project-turned-wall hanging can be shipped anywhere in India. Also, bulbs will be replaced if they fuse.

When: You’re in need of Friday night lights.

 
Bespoke Buttons For Boys
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 10:56


 

Boys, if this season of marriages and mistletoes is all about getting lucky, then lets skip the clothes and zoom in on what really matters - buttons. Whether she’s taking them off or leaving them on, they will be noticed, and helping you keep it together is The Exquisite Co.

 
Chalk Board Wrapping Paper
Thursday, 30 October 2014 20:15


What: Chalkboard wrapping paper and lunch bags from The Chalk Co, Rs 60 per sheet & Rs 700 respectively; see their Facebook page here, email them at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call /Whatsapp 9819671708 / 9819211184.

Why: Chalk this out!

With more than fifty shades of grey to choose from, The Chalk Co’s products with a blackboard finish are super fun to have around, because you can scribble all over them, erase and re-doodle. We’ve seen the slate finish clocks and mugs before, but we love the brown bag style roll down lunch bag that allows the packer to chalk a new love note each day, plus the black wrapping paper for when you run out of gift tags.

When: Now. Better slate than never.

 
40 Best Ladies’ Tailors in Mumbai
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:16



bpb compiles a list of 40 best tailors and new designers who specialize in sari blouses, replicas, originals, white wedding dresses, metallic embroidery, alterations, evening gowns, fitness wear and more. There are tailors who work on films, those who used to work at your favourite boutique and those who assisted big designers. All this, so you don’t have to look for the right needle in a haystack.

If they haven’t been tried and tested by us, these tailors and designers come recommended by fashion editors, stylists, actresses, and friends who were bribed into sharing what is possibly their most guarded secret.

Look out for contributor list at the end. For your sew-vidha!

Jeans King: To Alter Your Gucci & Prada

They alter, as well as stitch jeans from scratch but Nitin tailor at Jeans King is recommended for alterations of fancy designer dresses, skirts and tops. Parsons graduate Poonam Agarwal (who previously worked at Bergdorf Goodman NY and now runs Polka), sends all her Pradas and Guccis here if they require alteration.

Jeans King, shop no 5, opposite Juhu Church, Juhu, call 26253679.

Anwar Masterji: For Women’s Pant Suits

Red carpets are slick with suits for ladies and stylists recommend Master Anwar to make you a well-tailored one. His creations are thought up by others and come from a tiny store, but have appeared in several luxury ad campaigns including Shaze.

At Dr Ambedkar Road, opposite Hotel Executive Enclave, Bandra (W), call 9867127542.

 
New Store: Payal Khandwala, Colaba
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:08

 

Standing at attention, crisp and with no prints, the primary coloured shirt dresses at Payal Khandwala’s new Colaba store seem to be part of a disciplined battalion. Until you look closer that is, and notice rebellious details like the asymmetrical sleeve, larger-than-usual collar, slanting neckline and waist pleats. At (cr)ease, ladies!

 
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