The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 Handbook Vol. II: The Fashionistas

In a city that aims to be perpetually a la mode, we just can’t get enough of clothing options. The more, the better seems to be the mantra for many, and if you’re one of those, Kala Ghoda has plenty in store for you. Keeping all that in mind, the second volume of our ongoing series features the trendsetters at Kala Ghoda.

In a city that aims to be perpetually a la mode, we just can’t get enough of clothing options. The more, the better seems to be the mantra for many, and if you’re one of those, Kala Ghoda has plenty in store for you. Keeping all that in mind, the second volume of our ongoing series features the trendsetters at Kala Ghoda.

And oh, did we mention it’s available at a bargain too?

Shor Sharaba

If there was ever a brand that was the embodiment of the essence of its owners, it would be Shor Sharaba. Run by siblings Trishha Jhaver and Rasshi Ganeriwal, the brand speaks loud, making its presence felt with its panache and flamboyance. Says Trissha, “The plan for the brand came about overnight. There was no plan, no business model. The idea popped up and we said, ‘OK, let’s do it’, and that was that!” The brand now sells reversible jackets that are made from a blended material. “Our jackets can be worn both ways. There’s no need to iron them either and they’re easily washable too. It’s perfect if you’re fashionable and lazy!”, says Rasshi. The chirpy duo also sells gorgeous coasters, wallets, bags, and various home and lifestyle products. You can find them at stall no. 6

Kanvas Kloset

A small yet self-sufficient brand, Kanvas Kloset is Komal Panchal’s baby. If you love shoes, there’s simply no better stall at Kala Ghoda than Kanvas Kloset. The brand makes everything from oxfords and brogues to kolhapuris and wedges — which are designed by Komal herself. You can find her at (a rather bustling) stall no. 16

Twinology

When it comes to fashion, the owners of Twinology take the term ‘twinning’ to a whole new level. The brand is run by 29-year-old identical twins Ankit and Ankur Vijaivargia — who are perpetually in sync. They dress alike, maintain the same hair-to-beard ratio, and share a perennial love for fashion. Their 5-year-old brand is known for its stylish leather bags, kilim bags, as well as bags remodelled out of antique rugs. Locating them is simple, too — just look for two well-dressed identical dudes at stall no. 21, and you’re good to go!

Nehal Desai

While a sense of style and fashion is essential for a clothing brand, there’s a certain amount of passion that’s essential for it to blossom. That’s exactly what 38-year-old Nehal Desai brings to the fore. An amazing artist and textile designer extraordinaire, she believes in creating her womenswear products from scratch. And when we say scratch, we mean scratch — she makes her own fabric, designs her own clothes, and with the aid of artisans all around India, creates some spectacular Indian clothing. She exhibits often in the city, too, but for now you can find her at stall no. 13

Awdhesh Kumar

When you have a business that has been thriving for over five generations, you must be doing something right. Awdhesh Kumar’s traditional methods of hand-block printing is the epitome of the same. The brand’s products are made using the methods of the Chhipa community and printed on bedsheets and quilts.

But what really caught our eye is the fact that while most successful brands are stubborn, this one’s evolving and adapting to modern times. Awdhesh Kumar’s son Khusiram says, “While we usually make bed covers, quilts, and cushion covers, I studied design and we’re now using the same printing methods to make shirts, jackets, and t-shirts. It’s new and fascinating, but we’re excited.”

Absynthe Design

Run by 35-year old Abhishek Basak, the Delhi based brand makes earrings, rings, and other similar accessories for both men and women. While the products are aesthetically appealing, it’s the history behind them that’s rather fascinating and the crux of our story. All the accessories are made out of antique 18th and 19th century watch parts — which is extraordinary. The brand, which also has a registered number on each accessory to prove its legitimacy, is located at stall no. 26.

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You can view the complete Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016 Handbook here.

Rameez Shaikh

Rameez Shaikh is a twenty-three year old writer. With a degree in journalism to his name, he's an aspiring author with an absolutely astounding admiration for alliteration. Leisure propels him to read, dance, pen fiction and gloat about himself in third person. On weekdays, he works as a features writer. On weekends, he's a Manchester United fan.

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