Shwetha Lakshmanan on her new leather brand and howA� it all began
FOR those with a bag fetish, Chennai girl Shwetha Lakshmanana��s collection of colourful leather options deserves a look. At her five-day-old store, Stitch & Turn, expect custom made bags, wallets, sling bags, backpacks and clutches. a�?When I turned 18, my mum bought me my first branded (Hidesign) red leather wallet. It was beautiful and since then I have been interested in leather accessories,a�? says the 23-year-old engineer by qualification.A� Learning the trade was not difficult as she interned at her fathera��sleather factory, which has been around since 1992. a�?My dad had taught me about the touch and feel of the skins, and how leather breathes. But when I shopped for leather bags in India, I realised the good quality ones are not affordable,a�? says Lakshmanan, who started her own factory in Pallavaram last year. Available in colours ranging from bright yellows and pinks to dark browns and blacks, she says, a�?All my products are made by skilled craftsmen and we mostly use sheep and cow leather. My designs include laser cuts, perforated designs, braided handles, rivets and buckles.a�? Inspired by Italian designs, the bags are crafted with precision German machinery. Lakshmanan also plans to have a monthly design competition where customers can submit their designs and, if they win, their designs will be showcased at the store. She will also launch her e-store in the next two months.
At OMR Okkiyampet. Rs 1,500 onwards.
A�Mayuri J Ravi