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    Growing up surrounded by vintage cars and bikes, thanks to her father’s obsession, Rupali Prakash was naturally drawn to them from as early as she can remember. That, coupled with her love for clothes, led her to form Roadster, a few years ago, which she has recently rebranded as Classic Chase, with special attention to women’s wear, accessories and home decor featuring prints of iconic motor vehicles. “I think the love for these vintage vehicles is dying out. This is my way of trying to preserve the masterpieces that created history and also spreading the news,” begins Prakash.
    While Roadster specialised in plain T-shirts with prints of some of the vintage cars and bikes in her possession, the new Classic Chase is more design oriented, for a niche audience. “The prints are not very distinct, so even the most dainty women can wear them without looking ridiculous,” Prakash explains.
    Currently available are tees, scarves, stoles, headbands, cushion covers and tops. Some of the models printed on the merchandise are the 1938 Harley Davidson, 1961 Jaguar E – Type, 1961 Mini Cooper, 1915 Model T-Ford and the gasoline-powered 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen – said to be the first automobile.
    The prints are mostly hand-drawn and then screen-printed, though Prakash admits they are also digitally printed, since screen printing is labour intensive. While the men’s shirts conform to classic shades like black, grey, white and red, the women’s section is more experimental with an extensive use of purple and pink. Fabrics extend from cotton, georgette and chiffon for tops and T-shirts to satin for cushions. Within the next month, customers can expect a small selection of dresses too. “I’m only making a handful, so stay tuned to my Facebook page,” she signs off.
    Rs.300 upwards. At Levitate, 100 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: facebook.com/
    — RR


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