Brands for ‘Him’at Weekend Window

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The consumerist market is changing by leaps and bounds in the recent times. The metro-sexual men, that were once seen only in GQ and Esquire magazines and later in highly glamorized movies of Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar , are now out there on the streets in our very own Ahmedabad. Its a visual delight to spot well-dressed men in the streets of Ahmedabad. 

So we decided to dedicate Day -2 at Weekend Window only to Stylish Men and Men’s products available at the 3 day flea market. While most of the stalls at Weekend Window catered to women audience, there were a handful of them addressing the other half of the population.

These are the Men’s brands that we loved at Weekend Window’s 10th Edition.

Tie hub

Vishal Khetani and Riddhi started this quirky brand about two years back. Based out of Mumbai, Tie Hub is one stop destination for stylish men’s accessories including neckties, bow ties, cufflinks, scarves, belts, suspenders and lapel pins. Oh, they do have colourful kitsch socks as well. They have interesting real watch cufflinks priced at around INR 5000. The ties have interesting machine weaves whereas the bow-ties have quirky wooden frames like that of scissors as well. Considering the wedding season, they shared that ties were selling like hot-cakes. They are a high end label starting from 300 onward till 6000.

69th avenue

Alay Lavsi, the founder of Ahmedabad based brand 69th Avenue, stocks men’s accessories and fashion products since last 1.5 years. 69th Avenue is a lifestyle brand that caters to the fun and unusual designs. They specialise in bow-ties, cufflinks, ties and pocket squares besides socks and handkerchiefs. They have interesting cufflinks in shape of lego, scooter, eagle, duck , dice and more. For the handloom lover men, Alay has patola pocket squares as well. They are modestly priced between 499 to 1899 only.

Desi Hangover 

Abha and Laksh, Mumbai based designers of Desi Hangover, specialize in footwear made from buffalo leather that is specially tanned with vegetable dyes. It is ergonomically created keeping in mind arch of feet and have suede inner lining to absorb the sweat. The Men’s shoes are priced at Rs. 2000, a perfect buy for the ones who love to wear leather mojdi /loafers.

 

Sparrow Designs

Parth Kaneriya and Charuta Bhatt started  Sparrow Design Firm about 2 years back. Essentially a design company, the duo designs notebooks, mugs and Tee-shirts that are unisex. Available in eclectic prints, Sparrow Designs even had a Tee-shirt that flaunted NaMo in retro mode. These tee-shirts are the ones for easy breezy weekends. Priced at   750, these are good gifting options too.

Chokdi

Raj Thakkar, Harsh Hudda and Vidit Bhatt started ‘Chokdi’ in 2014, though I wonder where is the fourth partner, if the name is ‘Chokdi’ ! This contemporary brand is working towards reviving old art forms in new-age fashion through their range of Tee-shirts. Having displayed at Comic Con, they showcased range of Tee-shirts with Batman and Joker done in cross-stitch. Sherlock fans, you too can find your favourite character here. Warli art is another form that they have started experimenting with. Priced from 800 onwards, they are ‘Cool’ buy for the ones looking for style with twist.

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Ray & Dale

Ray & Dale, a Mumbai based brand was established in 2014 by Rayan. It was founded as a luxury e-boutique with a simple purpose of meeting the needs of ‘The emerging fashion conscious Indian man’. They design quirky shirts, ties, bow ties, cufflinks, pocket squares and lapel pins. Their shirts were priced at INR 1000 only whereas the average range of their other products was also 1000. One could check interesting lapel pins there, in form of tiny spectacles and gold & silver Ties.

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Beardo

Ahmdedabad based brand Beardo has been making a lot of noise since quite some time, especially during the No-shave November month. Ashutosh Valani & Priyank Shah started this brand under Zed Lifestyle Pvt Ltd after understanding the shift of metrosexual men towards growing beard. They have tapped the huge market of grooming products for beard by creating products like beard wash, beard fragrance oil, hair growth oil, moustache growth roll on , hair wax , moustache & beard wax. We found interesting product called  Godfather Beardo oil as well.  Their products are priced between Rs 245 to Rs 750.

 

Dear Men,  you don’t have any further excuse to not visit Weekend Window!

Buy the wooden bow-tie or a plaid weave bow-tie, a patola pocket square or a cross-stitch Sherlock Holmes Tee, spectacle lapel pin or Godfather Beardo oil – Go splurge and indulge yourself in some off-beat accessories to style yourself this winter.

 

 

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Meet the Fashion Forward Amdavadi – Weekend Window

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The style quotient is rising in Ahmedabad with every passing winter. Somewhere in the background, you hear the evergreen classic yet a clichéd song playing ‘Pretty woman, walking down the street’ with its drum beat rising in crescendo when you spot a stylish and suave lady entering the lawns.

Yes, this is the precise scene played out at Weekend Windows 10th edition at YMCA lawns.

From Cape cover-ups to rugged denims, from unstructured handloom dresses to biker jackets, from boots to gladiators, from indo-western to ethnics, one can spot all trends at this venue. We couldn’t miss out on suave bearded men as well. More update on men later today.

So go ahead and see who made it to Appleblossom’s ‘Fashion Forward’ Amdavadi list.

( PS – We will keep adding pictures daily. Get clicked by the very talented Peach from Kanami Photos who is collaborating with Weekend Window  and appleblossom  to give us these wonderful picture stories )

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See you at Weekend Window today in full swag !

Appleblossom’s Top Picks under 599 at Weekend Window

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The happiest flea market is back in town,this time bigger and better. It’s glory has only increased, with each passing edition, the organizers push themselves to design, curate and create an unforgettable experience for its lovers. Not only has it gained a reputation as a ‘ Must-be-present-flea-market’ among designers but also it has become a coveted spot for the novice. The end result is paisa vasool evening for Amdavadi junta – they get to see new labels, scout around and pick the best of the lot, socialise with their friends and gorge on to delicacies put together by ‘Foodaholics in Ahmedabad’ guys.

While we have shared the brands that you must check out at Weekend Window, we thought of bringing you a budget friendly suggestion list , in case you are affected by cash crunch.

So here is Appleblossom’s list of cool things that you can buy from Weekend Window – All under 599/ –

1. Urban Kala

They have the coolest range of accessories – earrings , ear cuffs, nose pins, book marks etc. Be ready to flaunt kathakkali dancers hand-painted earrings or gift a Calvin & Hobbes paper weight, all of this under 500.

2.  Kalpana Shah

Head to their stall to get your latest dose of Bollywood fashion jewellery including jhumka and maang-tika. Try the trendy pieces in earrings, haath phool and maang tika all under 500.

3. Yellow Chidiya 

If kitsch and rock chic is your thing , then do check Yellow Chidiya. They have a mind boggling collection of earrings in gold tassels and metal, black choker neck pieces along with dream catcher accessories, all under 500 again.

4. Sparrow Design Firm 

They have been our favorite diary makers, especially the ‘Mojari’ one. Absolutely perfect for personal use and gifting, Sparrow design has notebooks from 200 -300 and quirky mugs for only 350.

5. Hiccup Creations 

If you love maintaining travel journals or are the person who keeps a log of memories, Hiccup Creations is a stall to visit at Weekend Window. They have made use of art papers to create journals and diaries, all under 500. Their notebooks start from 100 onward and they have bookmarks as low as Rs.10.

6. Skynite Design 

They have uber chic spectacle and Sunglass cases. Get your eye wear a trendy holder from Skynite Design. Well, they too have bookmarks from Rs 30 -50 only.

7. Happy Flowers 

Do you love to try different organic soaps and creams ? Are toiletries your weakness like ours? Happy Flowers brings you a range of soaps including watermelon, orange, guava, lemon – oh fruitiness around. Bring in some fragrance to your bath regime.

8. Alanna 

In the similar category of natural beauty products, Alanna brings you an exotic range of body butters in wild rose and vanilla fragrance. Their shower gel in Jasmine & orange and face mist in lavender & mint is pure bliss. All these products are under 500. Go ahead, indulge yourself and if you want to spread the happiness of Christmas, buy it for others too 🙂

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9. Kitts Singh 

Kitts Singh has a floral collection of table mats, coasters , cushion covers and foldable jewellery boxes – all under 500. Her stall is a delight for the little knick knacks that one may keep collecting through the years. Want a new basket to store your jewellery / cards /papers ?

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10. Rekha’s Boutique 

The most affordable and delightful buy for your everyday needs – Rekha’s boutique has palazzo , kurta , dupatta and skirts – all under 500. Want to stock up some basics ? Visit her stall to get the steal deal.

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11. Bristi 

Want to gift pack those soaps and give it to a friend ?  Want to pack a loaf of plum cake ? Bristi has you covered with their range of cloth bags in pretty florals & festive shades. Excellent to pack favours indeed, priced at 150 each.

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12. Krishin Crockery House 

How can we forget about fancy crockery , much needed to host that afternoon tea party ? Well Krishin Crockery House has an elegant collection of mugs and cup-saucer sets. A big collection of theirs is priced under 599.

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So Appleblossom has got your back covered for a budget shopping. You still have 24th and 25th December to visit YMCA, Ahmedabad and be a part of the mad shopping extravaganza – Weekend Window 10th Edition. 

Check the Blog space tomorrow for interesting updates.

 

9 labels you shouldn’t miss at Weekend Window – By Appleblossom

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Come December and Ahmedabad, otherwise bereft of the snazzy events that its contemporaries host, is suddenly flooded with art, fashion, lifestyle, theater and literature events. So much so that the family members start splitting up to attend all the events in FOMO ( Fear of missing out).The foodaholics go to the food festival and the fashionistas explore the latest fashion exhibitions in the town. Wait, then what about stand-up comedy and music ? Of course, the entertainment lovers line up there.

Weekend Window in its 10th edition is back with a mix bag of fashion, lifestyle, food, music, stand-up comedy and kids workshops. Started in 2013 by the very enterprising duo Harshit Shah and Meera Ambasana, this was ‘the’ flea market that started the trend of hosting ‘flea markets’ in not just Ahmedabad but also other cities of Gujarat. The entrepreneurial spirit in Gujarat gave rise to multiple flea markets later but indeed ‘Quality wins over quantity’. The success of Weekend Window is a testament to the age old proverb.

Meera, who curates the fashion and lifestyle designers and exhibitors from across the country through a meticulous screening process, has lined up a melange of products for the discerning customers of Ahmedabad. Ranging from organic and sustainable clothing to quirky customized apparels, from trendy baubles to innovative and interesting jewellery pieces, from organic fragrances and soaps to statement-creating men’s wear, from fancy crockery to tiny knick knacks, Weekend Window has got you covered up to buy last minute ‘Christmas Gifts’ for your loved ones.

We are here to help you ease your selection process and save your time in shopping so that you can enjoy the slight nip in the air while munching on the delicious food and listening to the groovy music.
So here are the ‘9 brands you shouldn’t miss’ at Weekend Window this Christmas.

1. The Linen Way

The Linen Way revisits the concept of women wear and accessories, to bring to you understated luxury and casual chic fashion collection made of pure linen. Linen is the oldest textile ever produced. If you heart luxury and simplicity, then ‘The Linen Way’ is a must for you. Check their dresses and shirts in pure linen, oh what a comfort in hot Ahmedabad !

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2. Aumber by Sanjana Gupta 

Aumber is an Ahmedabad based demi-couture luxury label started by Sanjana Gupta in 2016. They love to play with textured fabrics that define chic & elegant fashion sensibilities. Check their brand for textured fabrics and clean cuts.

 

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3. Rias Clothing

Rias Clothing is a Jaipur based Indo-Western clothing brand founded back in 2012. That was the time of Anokhi and Cottons, when handcrafted fabric wasn’t much used in western silhouettes. Dealing in natural dyes and handicrafts, Rias Clothing brings you vibrant colours in western silhouettes for the cotton lovers.

 

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  1. Kitsch By Nik

Started by Nirjari Shah almost three years back, Kitsch by Nik is fresh & trendy, colorful & unusual, kitschy & fun brand that brings you some excitingly customized fashion products like neck pieces and feet accessories.

There are over 200 unique designs that they have created using wood blocks, colourful threads, beads and more. If you want your neck pieces to be exclusive, head over to her stall at Weekend Window.

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  1. Adva and Dvaa 

 ADVA and DVAA are two fashion brands that focus on creating contemporary clothing seeped in the rich heritage of colours, textures , prints and embroideries. Based out of Mumbai, their apparels have unstructured silhouettes and are from the easy vibe genre of the new age fashion apparels. Clamp dye and Indigo Blue are their things. Check them out for your next ‘travel fix’.

 

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6. Silai

Silāi Studio celebrates the process of imagining, exploring and creating fashion. Based out of Ahmedabad,  the brand philosophy  aims to redefine the mundane with a hint of modernity and style by a fusion of the old & new. Silāi  is for the ones who love to dress  young and unique. If you love Indian textiles and long silhouettes, Silai is a must check out brand, we say.

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7. CharKAc h a r K A, an upcoming fashion label by Karvishi Agarwal is a ‘Khadi’ centric organic brand based out of epicenter of Khadi – Ahmedabad. The brand believes in the revival of indigenous handwoven and handspun material and crafts of India.

c h a r K A offers an unique blend of Indian and Western fashion, by keeping the silhouettes and construction global, but at the same time , being conscious of Indian handloom and crafts.

Khadi lovers, you know where to go now !

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  1. House of Poshina

There is an understated sense of elegance in the brand ‘House of Poshina’. Based out of Ahmedabad and started by the erstwhile royal family of Poshina, this label is mainly into fine cotton and hand block printed apparels. Donned by celebrities, House of Poshina is a brand to check out for if you like floral prints in pastel shades.

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  1. Shor Sharaba

Mumbai based  brand Shor Sharaba is a self proclaimed mad world full of Nautanki and Filmygiri. Trsha’s the SHOR and Rasshi is the Sharaba of the ‘Shor Sharaba’ label. Fun & Filmy, quirky & innovative, Shor Sharaba offers bags, wallets and accessories! Get your dose of quirk from this label at Weekend Window.

Make some SHOR for them, will you?

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So head to Weekend Window 10th Edition this weekend and make some noise for Harshit and Meera’s effort to entertain the Amdavadi junta….

Where : YMCA International Club, S.G Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

When: 23rd -25th December 2016

Time: 4.00 pm – 12.00 am 

Keep watching this space for more updates on other interesting brands in lifestyle and men’s fashion too 🙂

 

Weekend Window : The Happiest Flea Market in Ahmedabad

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What started as an outdoor bazaar in Paris and  termed as “Flea Market”(literal translation of the French marche aux puces,  named after those pesky little parasites that infested the upholstery of old furniture brought out for sale) is now an upscale urban affair in India.

While earlier all cities in India had their own share of ‘Shukrawari’ or ‘Resale Market’,the concept of urban ‘Flea Markets’ started taking shape in India around 2010, mostly in metros like Mumbai and Bangalore. The idea of the modern-day ‘Flea Market’ is to provide an experiential shopping atmosphere.

How could the entrepreneurial ‘Gujju land’ be left behind?

2013 saw the rise of first of its kind of urban markets in Ahmedabad in the form of ‘Weekend Window’– a carnival experience designed and curated by Meera Ambasana Shah and Harshit Shah. They  ‘Weekend Window’ as a classy answer to the  famously blingy Grand Rakhi Melas that were set in the city’s shopping space.

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Neither Meera nor Harshit have any formal education in arts or design background, however they have a sharp business acumen to curate the right emerging brands for the novelty of the shoppers. They tapped in the potential of starting the culture of ‘Carnival experience’ in Ahmedabad from their frequent travels across the country and abroad. Having witnessed night markets in Goa and Bangkok where one could find niche & limited edition products from budding artists, the duo felt that Ahmedabad has none of this kind of experience.

An idea that originated from travel expeditions got its first taste of success in its maiden edition in 2013.From 14 brands exhibiting in its first season to now 140 brands in its 9th season, Weekend Window has come a long way. There are exhibitors coming from around 20 cities in this edition, quite a feat, I say. They still travel to the exhibitions across the country to understand the trends in this space and keep innovating to maintain the freshness of the concept.

Those exhibitors who had exhibited in the earlier editions have still stuck on to this ‘High end Happiest Flea market’ in Ahmedabad.

Quality speaks.

Collaboration is the key to modern-day success. No wonder then that in this 9th edition, Ahmedabad would witness a ‘Grand Season’ with associations like Foodaholics in Ahmedabad and Comedy Factory. There would be a ‘Kids corner’, ‘Foodie zone’, ‘Entertainment zone’ and few workshops to keep audience from all age groups interested.

Where :Karnavati Club lawns, S.G Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

When: 13th -15th May 2016

Time: 4.00 pm until midnight ( I guess it means till 11.00 pm)

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So as an Aesthete & Stylist, what do I recommend checking?

Go check these brands and tell me if you like them as much as I do:

  1. CHHAPA 
  2. CHAMBRAY & CO.
  3. DESIGNERDS ( Accessories)
  4. KASTURI
  5. FLEUR ( Bath & body products)
  6. RESHA
  7. BOB FRAGNOIL ( Oil based perfumes)
  8. BROWNFOLDS ( Paper products)
  9. KRITHAA
  10. THE GLU AFFAIR
  11. KHADIVASTRA
  12. ADVAITA
  13. THE CO COMPANY
  14. ALL GOOD SCENTS ( Perfumes)
  15. AMODA
  16. NOYA
  17. Ri.An

So go ahead… its time to shop-explore-indulge !