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bEHIND THE SCENES
We scout out designers stocked at the city’s most stylish stores, sans the mark-ups.
What: Minimalist linen wear, Kishmish Design Studio, Colaba, call 9820031361, Rs 2,500 for a cowl-neck dress.
Why: Because their collection of deceptively simple designs in an airy palette of whites, creams and pale blues is like a bit of beach for your closet. You’ll find Kishmish offerings at Melange, Ensemble and more, but these designers also run a secret studio, where they’ll create customised pieces.
When: You want to lay it on the line(n).
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Why: Ashmi Bhansali crumples cotton and takes the length a notch up this season. Her bright pieces are sitting pricey at Oak Tree and Mogra, but at her home they’re less demanding.
When: You need some cotton candy.
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Why: Supplied to Bombay Electric and Zoya, this accessory designer’s intricate jewelry in beads and fibre can add drama to the drabbest dress. Bead me up, Nitya!
When: Your neck is on the line.
What:IndjaPink Luxury Travel for Gay Men, visit www.indjapink.co.in, price on request.
Why: Because after all the 377 hype and hoopla, it’s finally time for a vacation. This travel agency caters exclusively to gay couples, organising group tours and individual trips all over India.
When: You want to get off the straight and narrow path.
What: Engraved pet identity tags, Shake Hands, Daulat Shirin Co-Operative Housing Society, 31 D, Shop no. 4, near Colaba Post Office, call 22162869, Rs 150 – 400.
Why: Because these adorable brass tags come in circles, hearts and bones, and can be engraved with personal details in a jiffy.
When: You want to bell the cat.