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

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


Contest: Win a GUESS breast cancer awareness watch today! View our twitter feed @bpbmumbai at 11:30 am to participate!

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!

 
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.

 

 
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