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Pick up Risaa��s handcrafted sling bags and totes, courtesy their new website
Offering a wide range of indigenous leather handbags, Delhi-based sisters Riddhima and Saloni Sayal have taken their two-and-a-half-year-old brand, Risa, online this month. With everything from totes, clutches, slings, duffle and travel bags, the brand is now available in the United States and Europe, too. Known for manufacturing their own leather, the duo has opted to import Italian patent leather for their Spring Summer collection 2015. a�?Embossed shoppers is on the a�?It lista�� for this collection, with brown and black being the major colours,a�? shares Riddhima.
For the men
Revealing that they are also working on a mena��s collection of slings, cross bodies, wallets and hand stitched laptop bags, which will be out soon, she adds, a�?You will be surprised to note that men are also looking to experiment with colours. Army green is becoming a major trend and we are looking to do a collection based on that colour.a�?A� A political science graduate, Riddhima shares their USP: a�?We use hand tooling on each of our leather bagsa��like embroidery, knotting and hand painting.a�? Expect bags ranging from the ever-classic black leather to oranges and neons. After their successful collaboration with designer Urvashi Kaur for the Willa��s Lifestyle Collection, in which they worked on earthy colours for their bags, the sisters are also working on a range of leather jackets which will be showcased in three months.
From Rs 2,800 onwards. Details: risabags.com
Take corporate wear from severe and boring to chic and sassy with these picks
Besides the smarts, make a mark with a power wardrobe as you climb up the corporate ladder in style. Even celebrities like Jessica Alba and Emma Stone have been favouring formal wear at red-carpet events. We bring you dresses, skirts and blouses by designers like Varun Bahl, Nikhil Thampi and Anita Dongre,
along with select accessories for an added edge. Read on.
Text: Mrinalini Sundar and Aishwarya Kumar
This comely piece by Varun Bahl is a head turner. The knee length skirt comes with 3D rose embroidery which uses pearls and thread. Pair it with a simple white full-sleeve blouse for a classic look. `55,000.
Be the a�?hottiea�� at office with this shirt and pencil skirt by Nikhil Thampi. From his latest collection, featured at the recent Lakme Fashion Week, it comes with a zipper slit. Heading out to a party? Pull up the zip, lengthen the slit, and get ready to hit the dance floor. `16,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com
If youa��re a fan of pink, ANDa��s autumn pink crossover top is a good choice. With a deep V neck and shoulder embellishments, it is sexy and smart. Pair it with a black tube top, black tights and pumps to make a dramatic statement at your work place. `1,499. Available at the store in 1MG Mall, Trinity Circle. Details: 32561585
Quaintly does it
This sleek guipure dress from Mango will make any ordinary office day colourful. The cotton knee-length maroon dress comes with a detachable belt. Pair it with black pumps to make a statement. `6,790. Available at the store in Phoenix MarketCity, Whitefield.
Quirk is in
Looking for something bright to rock your team meeting? This luxe suede shirt dress from Victoria Beckham should do the trick. Style the rich orange button-down with black pumps for maximum effect. You could also opt for the belt to define your waist. Approximately `1,43,721. Available at netaporter.com
Beat the blues
Tote your office necessities in this satchel by Viari. In leather, it also comes in colours like black, brown, green and pink. Style it with a black dress and you are sure to grab attention. `4,750. At the store in Bandra, Mumbai. Details: 022 26401018
These pumps from Jimmy Choo are subtle yet bold. Easy to team with both trousers and skirts, they are crafted from anthracite metallic mirror leather and black suede. `49,000. Available at the store
in UB City. Details: 41738404
One for the ears
Stand out in a crowd with this pair of green onyx and 18k gold-plated silver earrings. These handcrafted beauties from Amrapali are simple and perfect for corporate events. `1,540. Available
at the store on Kasturba Road.
This dress screams smart. Elegant and curvy, the canary number from Emporio Armani gets a thumbs up from us. Underplay with black pumps and you are ready to make a power statement. `48,000. Available at the store in UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
At 16, Mahaveer Raghunathan is all set to represent India at the F3 circuit starting 2015
Despite being the youngest racer in the F3 circuit, Mahaveer Raghunathan comes across as an introverted boy. From humble beginnings in the go-kart scene (he won the Amaron Karting Challenge 2011), he has come a long way to take part in the international circuit, where he is going to represent India at the upcoming FIA Formula 3 European Championship in April this year. Driving a customised Volkswagen two-litre Formula 3 racing car for his team, Moto Park, he is currently undergoing test sessions for the 2015 season in Spain. On a Sunday morning, he shares his F4 adventures till date, his current schedules and plans for the future.
On the track
Citing 2014 as his a�?most productive yeara�?, thanks to clocking experience on difficult tracks in places like the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, Hockenheim Racing Circuit in Germany and Adria International Circuit in Italy, he talks about dealing with the Formula 4 scenario. a�?The F4 series in Italy last year (June to October) was an eye-opener. I was able to finish the entire Debut FIA Formula F4 Series there, which helped me realise I was on my way to F3 and F1,a�? says Raghunathan, who is currently home schooling and is in standard XI (according to the IGCSE Curriculum). While he is still looking for sponsorship for practice sessions and training, he says his parents have helped him a lot, both financially and emotionally, in his racing journey. Recalling an interesting experience, he shares, a�?a�?When I first started travelling, my parents used to accompany me. We used translation apps to find food in restaurants, particularly in Europe, because of the language barrier.a��a��
Coming up next
The racer, who turns 16 this year, is working towards participating in Formula 1. a�?2015 is important for two reasons. It gives me the gateway to participate in Formula 3 and it gives me the chance to perform well at F4 and F3, and move up the ladder to F1 racing,a�? admits the young prodigy, who also loves swimming and cycling. Following the FIA F3 Euro Series in April, Raghunathan is also looking to test with Team Moto Park in Portugal and Spain.
Srinivasan K under his banner Desi Foods, now home delivers ready-to-eat chapatis
Are you one of those people whose work makes it impossible to cook every day? Here is your solution. Keep it simple, healthy and sumptuous with Desi Foodsa�� ready-to-eat chapatis. Offering home delivery, Srinivasan K, the founder, says, a�?Health is our primary motto. We provide cooked chapatis and sabjis at your doorstep at affordable rates.a�? With wheat, ragi and methi chapatis available, he reveals that they will also have millet-based chapatis on offer soon. Stating that he was tired of watching people eat kurma with chapatis every day, Srinivasan promises that they will provide one different variety of sabji (read aloo mutter, aloo gobi, mixed vegetable and chole masala).
When asked about subscription, he reveals that they have no plans of introducing it in his business portfolio because a�?customers want change. After a few days, they might want something different to eat.a�? With orders being undertaken in areas like Perungudi, Velachery, Tharamani and Madipakkam, Srinivasan reveals that they will slowly expand operations across the city and will also provide parathas and sandwiches in the near future.
Rs.35 per packet (with three chapatis and sabji). Home delivery available for a minimum of five packets. Details: 9500021540; email@example.com
Collectabillia presents its third auction, with Federera��s racquet, Sachina��s bat and Suareza��s boot, up for grabs
After successful online auctions Collectabillia, the Bangalore-based store selling authentic signed sports and entertainment memorabilia, brings Chennai the third edition of its Collectabillia Winter Auction. The auction has memorabilia, including autographed boots/spikes by Suareza��s, Usain Bolt, and autographed photos by celebs like Tom Cruise and Al Pacino going under the hammer. Father-son tennis duo of Vijay and Prakash Amritraj will take centre stage during the auction, in a live conversation with the guests, and Anjana Reddy, the founder of Collectabillia, promises a a�?Fun and relaxed evening with Vijay cracking jokes and keeping the air light and exciting.a�? She also tells us about the most sought after items at the auction:At 6.30 pm, on December 20, at Vivanta by Taj-Connemara. Details: collectabillia.com
Sachin Tendulkara��s bat
I think this is going to be the show-stealer. There is no need to add anything more to the fact that it is the bat with which he scored his hundredth hundred. Starting bid: Rs.2,00,000
Roger Federera��s racquet
I am really looking
forward to the auctioning of Rogera��s racquet because it is close to my heart. I see a lot of tennis fans are really excited about the new products that we have on offer for this auction. Starting bid: Rs.2,00,000
Cristiano Ronaldoa��s jersey
Ronaldo and Messi have been newly signed by us this year. Ronaldoa��s jersey in particular is going to be a great hit at the auction because of how famous he is and how crazy people in India are about football.Starting bid: Rs.1,50,000