Jan 12, 2010

Mumbai Masala, Calcutta Sweetness

I just returned from a very hectic and "around the world in 80 hrs" trip from India to Vancouver!  It was frustrating yet interesting to note that a Norther European airport such as Frankfurt, was so ill equipped to handle 10 cm of snowfall.  I'm sure Chicao, Winnepeg, etc. would have laughed at them!

We had to go from Calcutta-Frankfurt-Shanghai-Vancouver, with 7 hours of sack time, hours without food, countless hours in airport transfer desk lines, and no one to offer any comfort, especially to the poor passengers travelling with little children. 

To go back to our eventful and very productive trip to India in the past 2 months, it was an amazing time we spent.  In Calcutta I worked on some new designs for Rajboori that are further simplified and done in more neutral colors but not losing our signature "vibrant pop"! Waiting for the samples to come in this week for a very quick photo shoot and then I fly off to Maison et Objet next week to show off these new beauties.  So excited!  The streets and colors of Calcutta provided inspiration for this and the future collections.

A short trip to Mumbai was very informative and helpful to see how the market for home decor has evolved and refined in the past 10-15 years.  High end furniture stores and eclectic home accessories stores are tucked away in areas like Mahalakshmi, Colaba, Juhu, and more.  The ones we loved are: Goodearth, Hestia, Address Home, House of Raro, and Pallate.

A quick meeting with Elle Decor India's Art Director Mrudul Pathak Kundu was a great bonus!  Thanks, Mrudul!  Hope we can work together in the near future.

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