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    The Curio Shack in Nandanam is a quirky and affordable address for fashionistas

    Those looking for colourful fashion should add The Curio Shack to their list. Offering party wear, accessories, stationery and more, the month-old store has a quaint feel – an old chest showcases founder Vanita Nandakumar’s charm bottles and other items. Nandakumar, 23, feels Chennai is conservative when it comes to Western clothing.

    “They don’t experiment much with colours,” shares the woman who also works at NGOs Make a Difference and Eureka. The store targets college students and young professionals, with affordable fashion being the USP. Another reason to make a visit to the store is their inaugural offer of Rs 100 off on a bill of Rs 250 and more till December 31.

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    When it comes to the options, don’t be fooled by the space (250 sq ft). The Curio Shack has 22 different coloured denims, shrugs, dresses in animal print, block, floral and polka, crochet tops, party tops with cut work and peter pan collars, high waisted pants and palazzos, jumpsuits, pop lingerie and bikinis.

    Though much of it sourced from Bangkok, Nandakumar’s contribution is with dresses “inspired by latest trends, like animal prints.” The designer who is pursuing a course from NIFT, has potlis, leather albums and diaries made with silk-cotton blend saris “by an artisan friend in Mahabalipuram.” Another friend supplies handmade headbands. The designer who also does freelance styling, plans to launch an online portal for men offering shirts and accessories and stocking antique furniture.

    Products are priced between Rs 10 and Rs 2,000. Details: 24340172

    — Madhuwanti Saha

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