Shivan & Narresh, known for their statement maillots and bikinis, bring their destination wedding and honeymoon lines to the city
IT’s seven years since they launched, and swimsuit specialists Shivan Bhatiya and Narresh Kukreja are still the leaders in the arena. No one else in our country does luxury swimwear like them, which is why all you global party animals and resort addicts might want to stock up this weekend. One part of the duo, Narresh, will be bringing down their Honeymoon and Destination Wedding lines, as well as their bespoke service to Evoluzione today. It is part of the pop-up format that is proving to be a successful strategy for the brand, especially in tier II cities.
Impressed by the response to their outing here last year, Narresh and his team will showcase about 100 bathing suits, including their famous maillots, all in pop shades like orange and hot pink and monochrome. ‚‘It‘s amazing how experimental and open to fashion Chennai is. The Shivan & Narresh woman is obviously well-travelled, reckons Narresh, and be it a cruise or a resort holiday, will need to be outfitted with minimum fuss. ‘‘It’s the beach to bar look, from day to night, with a swimsuit, and complementary add-ons like a skirt or shorts and a wrap or dress or even a pareo to make the transition.’’
Incidentally, six months ago, the designers also collaborated with Brazilian flip-flop brand, Havaianas, to bring out a line. The slippers (Rs 4500 onwards) will be at Evoluzione as well. Other recent collaborations include one with French liquor giant, Cointreau, to create an exclusive cocktail called the Cointreaukini.
Made to order
As for all you ladies wanting to stop by, you can either take your pick from the selection, or go in for modifications – add or remove straps, pads, embellishment, change colour and so on, for an extra fee of 20 per cent. Your swimsuit will reach you in two weeks or less, promises Narresh, keeping in mind the getaway season.
Another big success for the brand is the bikini sari, in Italian swimwear jersey, with a pocket for your phone. A big hit with CEOs, they are also seen at Sangeets, insists Narresh as they are ‘‘extremely travel-friendly’’. Also try on their new neoprene lehenga and the latex bralet.
From Rs 5,000 on-wards. Details: 28333627