Therea��s a new address in town for functional return gifts a�� Lemondrop
Six months afterA� graduating from NIFT Chennai, Shivani Patel launched her company,A� Lemondrop Design Solutions, which specialises in return gifts. a�?People are on the lookout for quality products for return gifts, but on a budget. And thata��s the thought behind Lemondrop,a�? says Patel. Though she doesna��t have a brick-and-mortar store, her website lists her productsa��from wallets and clutches to bags and agenda sleevesa��and people can either call her up or place orders on her Facebook page.
In her first collection, launched in April, she played with textured fabrics and leather to create a sophisticated fusion. a�?I have always seen power in simplicity and it is the ideology behind my designs,a�? says the designer who specialised in accessory design. Lemondrop, which retails under its own brand name, also offers products like card cases, iPad cases and more. She is working on a collection called a�?Na��yutama now. a�?It is based on the concept of minimalism. I am creating slim wallets for men and women,a�? she says, adding that she uses 100 per cent original leather and takes orders for a minimum of 50 pieces. Patel is also open to partnering with boutiques that dona��t have in-house designing teams, to create accessoriesa��she is currently designing clutches for Chennai-based boutique, Jullaaha.
Patel aims to cater mainly to women aged between 25 and 40, and is planning on designing footwear, too. Next up are plans to launch an e-commerce store, branch away from return gifts (and get into regular retail), introduce customisation (in a montha��s time) and offer new products like guitar straps and camera bags. From `900 onwards. Details: lemondropdesign.in (or follow them on Facebook for updates)