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    Hidesign’s Fabian Lintott on how men perceive their accessories and why colour is a good thing right now

    WITH leather major Hidesign for over seven years now, British designer Fabian Lintott knows exactly what brand loyalists want from the bag. There is a hint of quirk, in the trim or the lining, but the leather and design are classic. In Pondicherry for a few weeks (he visits twice a year to meet with the core design team), Lintott is responsible for the men’s division of Hidesign accessories and some selections for women. Just back from photographing the colourful ‘Pongal’ streets, he talks about premium leather and personal style.

    Two in one
    ‘‘There are two main stories this season,’’ he begins, ‘‘the old school preppy look, very 60s Mad Men and traditional retro. The second one is material consciousness.” The former sees a sober range in dull leather; the Corvette comes as briefcases and, a trend that is big now, coat bags. Jacob, another line, sees the classic despatch day bag, in brown and tan. It’s what he calls an ‘‘accessible look’’ in camel leather. Meanwhile, the second story sees the handcrafted Camarao range in Siberian leather, a premium goat leather, with details like a button left over from last year’s military line. It is priced from Rs3,895 to Rs7,995.

    Walk the line
    Lintott has been making changes like special pockets in bags, with a quilted lining for gadgets. A new autumn winter range sees him using colour, ‘‘from dark emerald green to dark red’’ for men. Striking a balance between design and commercial requirements, he is experimenting with fabrics in the UK, but admits it will take us a while in India to pay ‘‘leather prices for mere fabric.’’ Lintott’s Work Wear line is in stores. Details: 28464077

    —Team Indulge

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