Pop Art for your beddings

Manish Arora, India’s most acclaimed international fashion designer brings the runways of world fashion into Indian homes by collaborating with Portico New York for ‘Manish Arora for Portico’. Four collections in vibrant tones and vivid patterns combine the aesthetics of old and new India, a beautiful combination of global perspectives and traditional Indian motifs, shapes and colors. Fourteen patterns divided into four distinct collections, Arora’s designs range from elegant navies and burgundy to exuberant pinks and yellows – the types of vivid colors and patterns that first
elevated him to the global fashion scene.

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Each of these designs is a beautiful combination of global perspectives and traditional Indian motifs, shapes and colors. The ‘Heart Collection’, for instance, draws on Arora’s own favorite motifs – vivid colored hearts, flowers & starbursts, while the ‘Signature Collection’ sports witty Indian-inflected nods to playing cards. In the ‘Swan Collection’, Arora looks to the ordered symmetry and opulent floral patterns of European Baroque, while the ‘Lotus Collection’ uses vibrant blues and greens to accentuate the elegance of India’s auspicious flower.

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Each pattern in the Manish Arora Collection for Portico is available as a complete bedding set, including a double bed sheet teamed with four pillow cases, double bedcovers and a comforter. The products are available as a complete set and also as individual pieces.

Discovering the magic of sewing

Why don’t you spend the afternoon creating your own designer outfit or a personalised gift for that special someone?

The other day I got stuck in a traffic jam on Linking Road. For Mumbai people, that is really nothing strange cause well you are either stuck in peak hour traffic or non peak hour traffic, procession traffic, car/riksha/taxi stalled traffic, rain traffic, you get my flow. So anyway while I was waiting in the endless jam and making a few calls (which is the only time I actually get to talk without interruption if you can handle the honks in the background) my eyes suddenly fell on this new store called The Hab. It had this great window display and looked very colourful (which I discovered later was by internationally acclaimed designer Manish Arora), well either way more exciting than sitting in the endless jam. So I went inside without knowing what to expect. The Hab, shorter version for Haberdashery, as the name suggests is a one stop shot for all your sewing needs. It offers multiple choices in accessories like buttons, borders, zippers, beads,embellishments, threads, do-it-yourself kits and other miscellaneous items.

So I know sewing is not something everyone has been as fond of as I, but really spending a day at The Hab could change that for you. The Hab has various activity zones like a sewing demonstration zone, inspirational and self-learning zone, professional training and workshop zone, creating a unique learning experience. The store also displays the best Usha Janome sewing and embroidery machines with a team of sewing experts to guide you through the process while you engage in creating your customized item or accessory.An ideal destination for budding designers, creative talent and fashion aficionados, it also wishes to introduce sewing to home makers and children looking to cultivate a new hobby.The vast variety in its inventory and comfortable creative space makes it a perfect place to spend a wonderful fun filled creative afternoon.

With the launch of its first store in Mumbai, Usha International plans to encourage the art of sewing by introducing the Hab in other cities in the next few years. So next time you are out with your girlfriends or want to make a speacial personalised gift for your friends why don’t you stop by here and get sewing.