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Men get some much-needed attention this month as MaalGaadi curates a show with work bags and sari shirts
Right from how to take care of felt and why layering is trending to what are the colours of the season, designers showcased at MaalGaadi this month tell us all. Known for curating young and happy designs, the store stays true to its cause with quirky leather sandals, shirts from recycled saris and breezy linens and more. We get six designers to share what’s hot from their collection.Available at MaalGaadi, Besant Nagar. Details: 42103242

— Sumitra Nair

Mister Sunshine by  Shilpa Vummiti

419dec13e71603a835d791952c6Shilpa Vummiti, a designer who learnt her ropes at designing from Istituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy and London College of Fashion; started her brand Shilpa two years ago with women’s wear. Mister Sunshine, her menswear line consists of “light, breezy linens that are highlighted with Ikats and colourful stripes along the edges.” Her creations are currently available only at MaalGaadi and Vummiti picks a linen shirt with wooden buttons to be a statement number. The trending colours this season “coral and a cyan blue with floral prints as accents.”
Price: `2,500 onwards. Details: shilpavummiti.com

Bun Maska by Nandita Gupta and Rajat Singh

2This classic and simple brand already available at jaypore.com and styletag.com, “specialises in messenger bags, iPad sleeves, laptop sleeves and laptop bags made from felt,” according to Nandita Gupta. They also offer travel organisers and are simple, edgy and will make you stand out in the crowd,” promises the Delhi-based designer. Gupta, who studied fashion design from NIFT Delhi and co-founded the label with her close friend, Rajat Singh this February adds, “Avoid taking these bags out while it is raining as felt will get ruined.” Always clean felt with a dry brush, she advisesPrice: Rs. 1,500- Rs. 3,500. Details: contact.bunmuska@gmail.com

Naushad Ali

3This Pondicherry-based designer is known for unisex shirts made from recycled saris and hand woven fabrics. Organic fabrics like cotton and linen are his favourite. The shirts on display are part of his Indigo Love line and will be varying shades of blue. Ali, who graduated from NIFT Chennai in 2008, worked with designers Deepika Govind and Kaveri Lalchand and went on to create his own label in 2013. Available at Casablanca at Pondicherry, Sacha’s shop at Goa, Maya Boutique at Mysore and Yellow Button in Bangalore. He picks the “two-toned shirt that has a different shade of blue on the front and a different one on the back,” and says, “Opt for layering this season, to keep you warm in case of a downpour, and it becomes easy to remove layers as the weather gets warmer.”
Price: Rs. 2,200- Rs. 3,500. Details: naushadali.in

a.k.a Bespoke by Aeiman Jarwala and Karan Berry

from-left-karan-berry,-aeimKnown for making bespoke bags and shoes for men and women for names like Ritu Kumar, Bungalow 8 and Theophile, this Pune-based kids brand, is bringing a collection of lounge leather sandals for men. The label was founded four years ago by Jarwala and Berry. “These leather sandals with plastic straps and a leather thumb holder are versatile and hot selling pieces,” Mumbai-based Jarwala says. This season, “avoid wearing socks with leather shoes as they will stink. Also wipe your leather footwear with olive oil as it will keep away the fungus and be sure to dry them in the sun with tissues or paper stuffed in them.” Price: Rs. 1,800- Rs. 4,500. Details: facebook.com/pages/aka-bespoke/

Vivek Karunakaran

VK-Profile-PictureThe Chennai-based designer, who helped curate for MaalGaadi, will be showcasing his Fall/Winter collections. Don’t miss the monochrome shorts and bandhis. Featuring a colour palette of black, white and grey, these shirts will be colour blocked and designs are military inspired. “The bandhis or vests inspired from bandhgalas and Nehru jackets have badges on the pockets that make them interesting,” Karunakaran says. The designer picks a black bandhi with a zardozi badge as the statement piece and observes one should dress “colourful and opt for fun prints this season.”
Price: Rs. 4,800 onwards. Details: info@viia.in

 

Viari by Silas Grant
Known for stylish leather goods and accessories and designed by London-based Silas Grant, the year-old brand also retails at nete.in. “There will be canvas and leather work bags, brief cases, backpacks, laptop sleeves and more,” says brand manager Abhyuday Purkayastha. The brand already has stand-alone stores at RK Salai in the city and Bandra Linking Road in Mumbai. For this season, Purkayastha’s pick is the khaki and olive green canvas backpack from their Outback collection.Price: Rs. 500- Rs. 12,500. Details: 42049399

 

 

 

 

 

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